Communicability Global

  Dignity - Rights - Inclusion

Rwanda

Chance for Childhood implemented the Education Equality and Empowerment project in Rwanda between 2012-2016. It was unique in East African Region: it identified children with hearing and / or communication difficulties in their own communities and placed them in mainstream schools with appropriate support. Chance for Childhood trained local teachers and provide Learning Support Assistants in classrooms to support children with  communication and other special educational needs.

For children with severe and profound difficulties, Chance for Childhood offered family training on communication, play, feeding and cognitive development to help families to support their children at home. The Chance for Childhood staff helped families to establish local support networks so that they are were no longer isolated and began to engage in small income generating activities to support themsleves.

Chance for childhood also supported the development of Rwanda's Special Schools' Curriculum and Inclusive Education Guidleines for teachers in mainstream schools to ensure that communication disability is high on the agenda and teachers know how to support children in class.

Communicability Global initially provided support to deliver a Theory of Change Workshop with the Chance for Childhood team. We then developed a strategic plan for the programme and beyond, provided staff training in  communication disability, provided clinical expertise to children with communication difficulties awaiting school placement and helped the organisation to plan and deliver a series of residential family training events. Work with the organisation is ongoing, and more exciting developments are planned!