Education & rehabilitation for people with disabilities
Duration: 5 years (Aug 2014 to June 2019)
Local partner: Callan Services
NZ partners: Blind and Low Vision Education Network of New Zealand (BLENNZ)
We have worked with Callan Services - the leading agency for inclusive education and rehabilitation in Papua New Guinea (PNG) - since 2011.
This project is in its second phase building on successes from phase one. The focus of this project is on inclusive education ensuring children with disabilities in PNG receive individual learning plans and quality education services. Nineteen Special Education and Rehabilitation Centres throughout PNG are benefiting from the training provided on inclusive education funded by this project.
People with disabilities are PNG’s largest minority group, facing significant barriers that impede access to health, education, livelihood, and decision-making activities they are entitled to access. Traditional superstition and stigma cause exclusion, abuse, and neglect across the country, despite Government support for disability rights. People with disabilities often remain dependent on the support of others, unproductive and among the poorest. Children with disabilities are not being prepared for school. Those in school do not progress well as the current teaching methods do not cater for their unique learning needs.
Over 130,000 children with moderate to severe disability are not attending school. Those who do go to school often have poor attendance and retention. It is important for children with disabilities to access education so they can reach their full potential and learn skills for vocations in the future.
HOW WE ARE HELPING
- Organising community outreach clinics to identify children with disabilities early and support treatment, rehabilitation and a plan for schooling.
- Funding specialist eye and orthopaedic surgeons to provide treatment and train local healthcare professionals.
- Training teachers, community workers, and physiotherapists to meet complex needs of children with disabilities.
- Supporting inclusive education centres and schools to be accessible and inclusive (e.g. providing assistant teachers, equipment, Braille text books).
YOU CAN ENSURE CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES RECEIVE QUALITY EDUCATION SERVICES
A SIMPLE CATARACT SURGERY EMPOWERS SAKI TO PURSUE HIS PROFESSION AS A GARDENER
Saki comes from the village of Tankuo in PNG. Cataracts in both eyes left him unable to proceed with his job and made him more and more reliant on others for help.
Saki’s story is an example of how cbm supporters transform the lives of people with disabilities in PNG. Find out more about Saki’s life before and after surgery...
Read Saki's story