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Sense International wins grant to transform education for children with deafblindness in Kenya

1 October 2019

Sense International has been awarded a £410,730 Impact Grant by UK Aid Direct to improve education for hundreds of children with deafblindness and multi-sensory impairment (MSI) in Kenya.

The funding will go towards a three-year programme to improve education provision for 300 children, both at home and in mainstream schools, across six counties in Kenya (Bomet, Kericho, Kisumu, Kwale, Mombasa and Nairobi).

Currently, the education sector has no framework for Learning Support Assistants to facilitate learning for children with deafblindness/MSI. Most schools have not been adapted to support children with MSI and teachers lack learning support materials.

The aim of the project, which runs until June 2022, is to:

  • Enrol 100 children with deafblindness/MSI in mainstream schools and ensure a further 200 children receive home-based education to prepare them to enrol in mainstream schools
  • Support parents and guardians to teach children with deafblindness/MSI at home
  • Support teachers and Learning Support Assistants to deliver inclusive education in mainstream schools
  • Assist the Government of Kenya in developing a framework for Learning Support Assistants in mainstream schools

Alison Marshall, Director of Sense International, said:

“We’re thrilled to be awarded this grant by UK Aid Direct. Our support for home-based education enables children to       develop communication skills which are crucial for their future. It is really exciting to see what a difference it can make!

 “Learning in their local mainstream school enables children with deafblindness/MSI to make new friends, learn with their   peers, and also helps to challenge stigma and discrimination in their community, so we’re excited that we will be able to   work with so many new schools!”

Sense International Kenya has been supporting children with deafblindness/MSI since 2005, working with government and schools to improve access to education. Find out more about Sense International’s work in Kenya or visit UK Aid Direct's website to find out more about their new grants.

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019