A system of integrated classes has been implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Education for children who live too far away from Krousar Thmey special schools: in a state school, a class is opened exclusively for blind or deaf children. Teachers from the Ministry of Education provide tuition in accordance with the curriculum which has been adapted to the children’s disabilities.These teachers receive an extra supplementary payment from Krousar Thmey and follow a training session each year provided by specialists from the Cambodian foundation. These classes offer many benefits.
- Proximity: education comes to the children and not the other way around.Children do not have to leave their families, they keep their routine and are often educated in the same school as their brothers and sisters. In addition, parents retain daily contact with their child, whom they see progress and grow.
- Awareness: this project has the advantage of not marginalising blind or deaf children. They meet other children from an early age. This contact helps to educate the younger generations and to encourage greater acceptance of differences.
- Limited financial investment: in accordance with the agreement between Krousar Thmey and the government, the former must provide a classroom as soon as five to ten blind or deaf children living near to the same village are identified by Krousar Thmey. The teachers, employed by the Ministry of Education, receive specific training in Krousar Thmey schools during the summer and regularly throughout the year. The establishment of this network should eventually allow the Cambodian Ministry of Education to take over full running of these classes.