In partnership with the British Council, DeafKidz International has been working as part of the international community’s response to the rehabilitation of Iraq and, in particular, the rebuild of its D/deaf education system. Funded by the EU, this is a 40 month programme, titled ‘Capacity Building in Primary and Secondary Education: Improving Quality & Equality’ which is aimed at equipping and skilling teachers of the D/deaf to deliver quality and progressive education to D/deaf children and young people.
For the last two months, DeafKidz International’s Stuart Harrison has been working with his local counterpart, Abdallah Ghanem, to design, deliver and evaluate teacher trainer workshops for more than 150 teachers of the D/deaf. Delivered over a five day period, these workshops saw the participants look at curriculum, content and practice in sessions that were both engaging and participative. All of which was aimed at ensuring D/deaf children, in this most fragmented of settings, are able to access the vital bilingual and bicultural education they need, taking into account their broad spectrum of communication needs including those who may have hearing aids and implants.
And this is just the beginning, as we work with the British Council and our local partners to develop a long term approach that is resilient and sustainable. One that will raise, both, the standard of education for D/deaf children in Iraq and also for other geographies as we seek to replicate and cascade this best practice.
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