Education for Deaf or Blind children
Since 1994, Krousar Thmey has been the only structure in Cambodia offering comprehensive education for deaf or blind children that follows the national curriculum. To provide this education, the foundation created and developed Khmer braille and sign language, alternative formats of school textbooks and specific training for teachers.
There are 5 schools in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang and Kampong Cham. The teaching syllabus is identical to the national curriculum, with additional English and computing lessons and instruction in braille or sign language. 73 classes integrated into state schools around the country allow children with disabilities to attend school in rural areas. Kindergarten classes are being progressively opened in all schools. This support is essential for developing the abilities of children who all too often are excluded because of their disabilities.
A braille workshops adapts and prints all the school textbooks from the national curriculum, transcribing documents using dedicated software, printing them on the workshop’s own machines and then distributing them.
Having created Khmer sign language, the Sign Language Committee is now perfecting it, adapting school textbooks and publishing a specialised dictionary. Committee members also interpret the news on national TV channels TVK and Bayon TV as well as other occasional programs, an opportunity to raise the general public’s awareness of Khmer sign language.
Krousar Thmey also organises campaigns around the country to raise awareness about education for children with disabilities.