EDUCATION FOR DEAF OR BLIND CHILDREN

OBJECTIVE

To enable deaf or blind children to fully find their place in society by providing them with education and support which will prepare them for working life.

In 1994, Krousar Thmey committed to educating blind and partially sighted children in Cambodia, and in 1997 the first school for deaf children was founded. After having created and administered the 5 special schools of the country for the last 25 years, Krousar Thmey has now transferred their management to the local authorities, thus creating the first public system of special education in Cambodia.

>> Learn more about the transfer of the special schools

Today, the Foundation assists the ministerial bodies in the implementation of quality education in special schools, while developing new projects aimed at improving the inclusion of children with disabilities in the education system and the society, offering them adapted learning tools or promoting their access to training and employment.


TESTIMONY
Ouch, 23 years old, blind former student in Krousar thmey 

Born blind among an 8 members family, Pin Ouch is 23 years old and is the youngest sister of her sibling. In 2002, as she was identified by the local authorities, Krousar Thmey’s advocacy officer went to meet with her family, in order to explain the benefits of the education for blind children program.

Read her story

Convinced, Ouch decided to join the school for deaf and blind children in Kampong Cham the following day. 13 years later, Ouch could read and write fairly well. After finishing high school in 2015, she continued her study at the Royal University of Phnom Penh; she is currently a sophomore in sociology. “It is a little bit harder because of the lack of adapted materials such as Braille documents, that I learned to use in Krousar Thmey school. Nevertheless, I can always count on the support of my fellow classmates: I am one of the team. We even play vocabulary games together!”

DISCOVER THE PROJECTS OF THIS PROGRAM

SUPPORTING THE SPECIAL
SCHOOLS

To offer blind or deaf children an education adapted to their disability, in line with the National Education program. This project will be transferred to the Cambodian authorities by 2020.

TEACHERS
TRAINING

To strengthen and develop the skills of specialist teachers in Krousar Thmey schools and train teachers of the public education system for special needs pupils.

SCREENING AND SUPPORT WITH ADAPTED EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN WITH HEARING IMPAIRMENT

To screen children form the public education system and to refer them to the adapted structures in regards with the level of disability.

TOWARD INCLUSIVE EDUCATION
FOR LOW VISION STUDENTS

To allow visually impaired students to follow their education on an equal footing in the public education system, and promote the integration of children with disabilities in Cambodian society.

ACADEMIC AND CAREER COUNSELLING

To help the young people in our programs to build their future by facilitating their access to higher education, training and employment.

ACCESS TO ICTs FOR CHILDREN
WITH VISUAL IMPAIREMENT

To strengthen ICT education and learning for students with visual impairment in Cambodia, in order to ensure an effective transfer of the special education program to the national authorities.

ACCESS TO SPORT FOR CHILDREN
WITH HEARING OR VISUAL IMPAIRMENT

To improve opportunities for participation in social life through access to sports for children and youth with visual and hearing disabilities in Cambodia.

DEVELOPING CAMBODIAN SIGN LANGUAGE

To develop a comprehensive and recognized Cambodian sign language rooted in the local culture and based on the linguistic experience of deaf people. This project will be transferred to the Cambodian authorities by 2020.

RAISING
AWARENESS

To raise awareness of the issue of disability in Cambodian society and promote access to education and employment for young people with visual or hearing disabilities.

HEALTH AND HYGIENE

To improve and preserve the health of children schooled in the special schools by providing them with general and specialized medical care.

NEWS

Krousar Thmey’s founder, honoree of the 2019 Hero Award

Benoît Duchâteau-Arminjon, founder of Krousar Thmey, received for the second time an award from World of Children honoring his action and that of the Foundation for the benefit of underprivileged children in Cambodia. Visit the page dedicated to Korusar Thmey To help...

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