In 2013 BFSS gave Advantage Africa a grant of £9,260 for a project to improve opportunities for 120 disabled children in rural eastern Kenya through support for 3 special units within primary schools at Kisayani, Mitaboni and Thinu. Fewer than 10% of disabled children attend school in Africa. This project provided resources to enhance practical learning and to give pupils skills that will be relevant when they leave school.
As Advantage Africa’s final report on the project indicates, learning outcomes in all 3 schools have improved since the introduction of the changes resulting from the BFSS grant as measured by individual pupil progress records and assessments. Moreover, the teachers have been reinvigorated through training in new skills and subject areas including IT and horticulture. BFSS commends the way in which Advantage Africa have reported on the project and welcomes the improvements evidenced in the report.