Sensitization training in primary schools is a crucial part of creating the safe environment for all children. Children with disabilities often face bullying and lack of acceptance from fellow pupils as well as from school teachers and administration. The sensitization training consists of 2 levels of training that schools can work with the GDPU to schedule and determine what works best for the needs of the school.
Sensitization Facilitators with the GDPU will work
with Teachers, School Administration, Parents and other community members who
would like to participate in a training workshop. The workshop teaches:
- Issues impacting students with disabilities through lectures and activities
- Appropriate language, labeling and communication methods when working with children with disabilities
- Understanding how students with disabilities participate in daily activities and their learning capabilities
- Understand the communication, etiquette and language issues around disability to feel confident putting in to practice the tips and advice we give you in your daily lives.
- Develop an understanding of the barriers that disabled people experience when accessing services and learn ways to overcome them.
- Recognize the role that attitudes towards disability play in discrimination and how they might need to be shaped.
- Recognize how to influence practices, and facilitate inclusion in classrooms
2 Sensitization training:
Level 1 Training gives schools
teachers, administration and the parent community the tools needed to teach
inclusive principals to students in the classroom and the community. Level 2 takes things step further and where
facilitators work with Level 1 participants in understanding the culture and
specific needs of the school help put the tools to use in a week-long workshop
for students. The workshop consists of
- Engaging students in inclusion activities learned in Level 1 training through poetry, art, debate and dialogue; activities depend on the age/grade of students
- Education about hygiene
- Bringing community members and parents of students together in a culminating event where students compete and perform the activities they have spent the week learning
- Students develop an understanding
and tolerance for differences
- Creation of an environment in and
outside of school that has respect for students and property
- Understanding about hygiene and how
to improve practices
Monitoring and Sustainability
By implementing single aspects of the module or a
combination of all 3, the GDPU will be a
part of the ongoing efforts to ensure the the module is successful. We do this
- Regular monitoring of construction of the toilet
- Quarterly follow ups at schools to monitor any
problems or assist with questions and concerns
- Collection of enrollment data to track the
success of the program.
- Refresher sensitization training courses