Education for children with disabilities improved

Asia-Pacific, June 22 2016

The Intergenerational Deaf Education Outreach (IDEO) project has enabled children with disabilities from underprivileged families to access essential early education that boost their full growth.

The IDEO project is funded by the Japanese Social Development Fund, administered by the World Bank, and implemented by World Concern Development Organisation.

Ideo website screenshot

From 2011 to 2016, it provided home-based sign language lessons for 255 hearing-impaired children under six years old in Hanoi , Thai Nguyen, Quang Binh, and Ho Chi Minh City .

It also helped train hundreds of hearing teachers and people in the use of sign language.

The project also launched an interactive website to provide online sign language learning videos, sign language vocabulary, games, and other materials on deaf education for hearing-impaired children and their families, educators and the public.

A series of short sign language videos is expected to be broadcast on the national education channel (VTV7) to reach out to a wider audience.

The project was reviewed by the Ministry of Education and Training and the World Bank (WB) in Hanoi on June 16.

Most of hearing-impaired children in Vietnam do not have access to early childhood education and their parents lack professional support, said Achim Fock, the World Bank’s Acting Country Director for Vietnam .

According to him, the positive results of IDEO affirm that the support of learning in schools with trained hearing and hearing-disabilities teachers and sign language interpreters is essential for children with disabilities to develop to their full potential.

Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thi Nghia said that the IDEO project has opened a new and appropriate method to teach sign language for children with hearing disabilities and also strengthened the participating schools and other relevant organisations in supporting education for children with hearing disabilities in Vietnam.

There are about 15,500 children with hearing disabilities in Vietnam.


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