Karen Women’s Organization held a Special Education Project, Training of Trainers from January, 12, 2015 to Feb, 11, 2015.

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The Karen Women’s  Organization  held a Special Education Project, Training of Trainers from January, 12, 2015 to Feb, 11, 2015. Teachers, school directors and trainers from 7 camps attended. We also invited nursery school staff from Karen State for the 3rd week and 4th week, because some of the training topics related to any nursery school so were helpful to them.

The topics for the training were classroom management, teaching the blind, teaching the deaf, the Montessori Method and resource making, Montessori observation lesson plans and record keeping, financial management for SE, project review and evaluation, and new vocational skills (shampoo and soap making).

Guests from Khom Loy Development Foundation conducted the Montessori training topics.. The lessons provided by  guests were creative child development, teaching techniques, how to use materials.  and resource making.  Additionally, teachers learned   to order their lessons to build skills, to be a gentle teacher and a good example for  children. Teachers always have to be careful in their own behavior because most of the children look up to and depend on them.  This training can be useful for themselves, students and other people. During the training we also talked about what we can improve in the future

We observed that they were excited in their presentations and practical tasks. Each participant shared their school resource material including activities, songs and games. During training they had some suggestions and comments for teachers in different camps. It was good to see them sharing learning and ideas with each other. This became a major part of the Training of Trainers. The discussions were very active and they spent time comparing their practice and making suggestions. They were active and enthusiastic in each training session.

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About Karen Women Organisation

The Karen Women Organisation was formed in 1949 and has a membership of over 64,100 women. KWO is a community-based organisation of Karen women working in development and relief in the refugee camps on the Thai border and with IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) and women inside Burma. Since our formation in 1949 we have expanded our focus from one of purely social welfare to try to encourage an awareness of Women's Rights and to promote women’s participation in the community decision making and political processes. The objectives of the KWO  To assist women in the endeavour to be free from all forms of oppression.  To promote and empower women in all spheres of life, including education and general living standards.  To encourage women to participate in the struggle for freedom, democracy and equality.  To develop women's knowledge, ability and skills, including political and organizational skills.  To achieve the rights of women and equal status with men.  To promote and maintain Karen culture and traditions.  To improve the well-being of women and children and to increase their access to adequate health, education and welfare services. KWO aims to empower women through offering various capacity building trainings to teach skills, build confidence and create new opportunities so that women will be better able to solve problems. We are working hard to educate ourselves and our communities so that we can work more effectively and advocate for our struggle on the international stage. We believe that women’s contribution is an essential factor in the peace-building and national reconciliation processes of Burma.