Earlier this year I spent two weeks in PNG visiting our cbm project where I was delighted to see all the progress that has taken place since my last trip.
This project in PNG focuses on stopping the link between disability and poverty through providing quality rehabilitation and education services to children with disabilities. Through community screening and outreach clinics cbm identifies children with disabilities and provides them with rehabilitation early in life so they have the necessary skills to enter school. They are supported through schooling alongside their peers to enable them to reach their full potential like anyone else.
This is a huge task! Currently 90% of children with disabilities in developing countries do not have access to formal education. In PNG this means that over 130,000 children with disabilities are not in school.
Education for children with disabilities is on a case by case basis, so every child in this project will have a Case Management Plan to guide their rehabilitation at home and an Individualised Education Plan (IEP) to guide their learning at school. Providing teaching skills, special equipment and supporting school systems to cater for inclusive education progress are core to this project.
During this visit I met Karen, a friendly 10 year old girl who was born blind and lives right across the road from school making it easy for her to attend regularly. At school I saw how well our EIP is impacting her life by her giving her an opportunity for education. I was encouraged to see that already 68% of the children enrolled in the project have an Individual Education Plan with clear goals set for their individual aspirations!
Thank you for being part of the journey of ending the cycle between disability and poverty by supporting inclusive education in countries of great need.