Regional seminar about Training programme for Inclusive Secondary Education for deaf and hard of hearing students
Since 2014 Kentalis International partners with the Archbishop Mihayo University College of Tabora (AMUCTA) in Tanzania. Jointly we developed a Bachelor degree teacher training programme for Inclusive Secondary Education (BEDSN) for deaf and hard of hearing students. In this project innovative teaching methods were adopted, with a focus on visualization techniques and informal learning.
Now at the end of this multiannual project a regional seminar was organized where participants were invited from neighbouring countries to discuss their state of affairs and challenges on deaf education. From Tanzania there were representatives from the national and local government as well as teachers and headmasters of the secondary inclusive schools, curriculum authorities and representatives of CHAVITA, the national Deaf association.
Discussed topics were on:
- Inclusive education for deaf and hard of hearing learners, tools and strategies
- Competence base curriculum development
- Challenges on the language and mode of instruction for deaf learners
- Political and logistical challenges
- Gathering evidence based good practices by stimulating research
Although that each country has its specific challenges and issues, there also was a lot of common ground. Ideas were exchanged and networks were strengthened.