In January 2014, Roger Howarth, BFSS Trustee and former Chair of the Society, visited two primary schools in Mitaboni and Thinu in Eastern Kenya to see the work of special units for disabled children supported by Advantage Africa. BFSS was pleased to provide grant in 2013 for a project to improve opportunities for disabled children within primary schools at Mitaboni, Thinu and also Kisayani.
The three special units provide education for around 120 children with various learning disabilities, some with multiple disabilities. They range in age from 6 to 17 years and often live a significant distance from the schools, which are located in rural settings. All pupils are therefore boarders and stay at the school at weekends. The project is well advanced in achieving the planned outputs, including learning resources and equipment, teacher training and school maintenance and renovation. In the remaining period of the one-year project supported by BFSS, there will be more emphasis on applying the new knowledge from teacher training and using the resources and new initiatives to enhance learning and record and evaluate the impact on pupils’ achievements.