New Bachelor Degree program in Inclusive Secondary Education for the Deaf.
On the 6th of November Kentalis International and Ugandan Martyrs University launched their cooperation in a new BIDE program in Uganda. This is a three year Bachelor Degree program in Inclusive Secondary Education for the Deaf.T his Ba program will fill the need for special trained teachers in inclusive settings in Uganda. This degree course will start in January 2019 with a first group of about 15 students. Kentalis will train the lecturers through a co-trainer model and together we will build on resources and facilities.
The BIDE program was presented by Dr. Maria Brons from Kentalis and a panel of local specialists during the 25th anniversary event of the University at their main campus in Nkozi.
Nowadays many African countries choose for inclusive education for the deaf and hard of hearing. This is often driven by economic reasons. For many children it still can be a good choice if the conditions for qualitative good education in an inclusive setting are taken care of. Also in inclusive schools specialized teachers and support staff is needed. However there is very little attention for Special Needs subjects in the current teacher training programs. Kentalis has built a lot of expertise on this in a similar degree program that for the last 5 years has been developed at the Archbishop Mihayo University College (AMUCTA) in Tanzania. This specialized course will contribute to the fast expanding need for qualitative good inclusive education for the deaf and hard of hearing. The African population is growing fast and the current education system cannot keep up with the needs for this group. The BIDE program will produce teachers with up-to-date knowledge on new teaching techniques for the deaf. They will become ambassadors for inclusion and they will stimulate their colleagues and show that also deaf students are able learners.