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Papua New Guinea

Education & rehabilitation for people with disabilities

Duration: 2014 to 2020
Local partner: Callan Services
NZ partners: Blind and Low Vision Education Network of New Zealand (BLENNZ)

In Papua New Guinea, many children with disabilities have been missing the opportunity to receive quality education. This project will lift the capacity of schools and inclusive education centres to educate children with disabilities. Children with visual, hearing and orthopaedic conditions are reached to remove the barriers to learning.

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THE NEED

In Papua New Guinea, children and adults with disabilities face significant barriers to accessing health, education and employment. Despite Government support for disability rights, traditional superstition and stigma can result in exclusion, abuse and neglect. Sadly, people with disabilities often remain dependent on the support of others, unable to escape a life of scarcity and deprivation.

With over 130,000 children with disability missing out on school, this project aims to increase both the attendance and quality of teaching, especially for children with visual impairment who face challenges due to limited capacities in the current education system.

Medical and rehabilitation services, individual education plans and assistive devices are essential if children and adults with disabilities are to have the opportunity of an education. 



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
 

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Jack

MEET JACK 

Blindness had crushed Jack’s spirit. It started after his right eye was injured – which is extremely common among the thorns, barbs and branches of PNG’s dense rainforest. In fact, 1-in-15 men and 1-in-10 women in the Highlands struggle with blindness.

Read Jack's story