CERBC continues to pursue its ultimate goals:
- Tackle exclusion and poverty through education and rehabilitative care to restore the dignity of people with disabilities through an integrated approach.
- Support and provide life skills to people with disabilities.
This new letter will give you brief information on the evolution of CERBC in the northern area of the DRC, and also show the impact of the contributions of our partners on the life of the population we are serving.
Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Impairment
- 216 people were consulted and treated during this period, of which 165 (76%) patients were seen during mobile clinics (outreach programs) that took place in Aba and Faradge (300 km), in the Haut-UeleHealth District and Mahagi and Nyarambe (280 km)in the south of Ituri District.
- The strategy of using mobile clinics as outreach programs is very effective to bring care closer to the needy people. There is need of proper means such as a double cabin 4x4 to help the Project to reach more people, children and adults who suffer from hearing problems.
CERBC advocates new approaches and strategies to achieve in the next three years (2013-2015). The strategies will place emphasis on:
- Mobile clinics/outreach programs: More audiology and physiotherapy safaris to reach a large number of vulnerable persons in remote areas,
- Training CBR Workers at the community level in 18 health zones covered by CERBC,
- Capacity building of existing staff (in Orthopedics, ENT, Audiology, and maintenance)
- Provision of appropriate equipment and facilities for quality care.
Aru School for the Deaf (ESMA)
Everyone knows that education is the foundation of the mission assigned to ESMA, one of the strongest departments of Centre for Education and Community Based Rehabilitation (CERBC).
- ESMA offers: Primary, secondary (diploma level) and Vocational (Certificate) for Learners with Hearing, visual and Physical disability.
- Monday, September 3, 2012, was the launch of the new school year 2012-2013.
- Until 30th September, 117 students in total were registered, 55, (47%) are girls,
- Three (2) courses are offered in secondary that include: Tailoring and Secretariat and computer. Carpentry is a 2 year training program for boys who mainly join the school later. The program is delivered as a catch-up for youth and adults with disability.
- A training seminar for teachers was done in mid-august for 10 days. The seminar covered various concepts of disability including sign language.
- The school welcomed Mr Willie Fulton, one of the best friends of CERBC and Member of IPASC TRUST UK. Mr. Fulton was pleased to meet teachers and the board members of CERBC.
- Many deaf children are still at home; parents retain them because of lack of means to pay the school fees. For thisschool year one deaf child is supposed to pay a total of 205 USD$ per year for primary and 235 USD$ for secondary. The fees include school fees and boarding for 10 months. This amount seems to be expensive for most of parents of deaf children as about 80 % of them are local farmers living on less than one (1$ USD) per day.
- Lack of necessary equipment for training, such as computers, and other supplementary tools for carpentry.
Future perspective for Education of learners with Hearing Impairment
1. Train 30 to 50 young students with Hearing Impairment per year whose age range is between 14 and 25 in Carpentry, tailoring and other related areas of their choice;
2. Sustain training for a better future for youth with disabilities in order to meet the growing demand from the community,
3. Facilitating the employability of young people with disabilities through appropriate technical training that can ensure their integration into the job market in public or private sectors.
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