Humanidad e Inclusión, una importante ONG internacional con sede en Francia, inició AAPLEH en 2012. APPLEH es un esfuerzo holístico para hacer que las escuelas existentes en el sur de Senegal sean más inclusivas. La metodología aplica un apoyo centrado en la persona para los niños fuera de la escuela, formación de profesores y mucho más. AAPLEH está financiada por agencias internacionales de desarrollo, con el objetivo final de hacer que el sistema educativo de Senegal sea más inclusivo, esfuerzos que ya ven algunos resultados exitosos.
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For many children with disabilities in Senegal, mainstream schools are physically inaccessible, and their teachers do not receive the necessary training to support them.
Programme staff work to identify primary school children with disabilities in rural and urban areas and refer them to health specialists. Identification of out-of-school children is done through awareness-raising campaigns run by local disabled peoples’ organizations, along with home visits.
Staff work with the children and their families, and take on the management of the social, educational, and health needs of those children who require the most support. To date, more than 1,500 children have received assistance, for example, with glasses, assistive devices, and physiotherapy. In addition, 224 parents of deaf children have been trained in deafness and sign language.
The APPEHL programme also offers Inclusive Education training sessions, which have been delivered to over 2,000 teachers. This training uses the existing expertise of teachers in the specialist school system so that their knowledge can be used to make the wider school system more inclusive.
Furthermore, APPEHL works to improve the physical accessibility of schools and provides adapted learning materials for children with disabilities in mainstream schools.
More than 2,000 children with disabilities have been identified and enrolled by the project between 2015 and 2017
More than 2,000 teachers have been trained on Inclusive Education
The practice has been replicated by other NGOs and associations working in various regions of Senegal, done in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education and its decentralized bodies. Future plans are to further extend the programme to all regions of the country.
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