21 May 2018

A positive sign: facilitators and deaf children learning together

Cairo, Egypt – “When I noticed this newcomer child is not mingling with others, I went to talk to him to know what’s wrong. He didn’t reply. In fact, he couldn’t talk”, said Basma, one of the facilitators at Maktab Sehha Awal Primay Healthcare Unit (PHU)’s Family Club in Aswan about her first encounter with Mahmoud. “Mahmoud was the first deaf boy…, Self-learning for inclusion, Checking her facilitator’s guide, Basma found very little information on dealing with children with this kind of disability. So, she decided to do her own research. “I started searching online for video tutorials that teach sign language”, said Basma on how she began to take steps to be able to communicate with Mahmoud. She was able to learn a few…,  , A positive sign: facilitators and deaf children learning together 2, UNICEF Egypt’s response, Dr. Essam Allam, Health Officer at UNICEF, was soon informed of the story of the two proactive facilitators and the impact they were doing. He commented: “I thanked them myself for their creative and positive action, and I contacted our colleagues in charge of the facilitators’ curriculum to see how we can upgrade it to include more guidance on…, About Family Clubs, UNICEF Egypt and the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) have established Family Clubs within Primary Healthcare Units (PHUs) to offer child protection activities and services (particularly those that prevent and respond to violence) linked to the provision of mainstream health services. The Family Clubs are also linked with Child Protection…