Sorsogon’s deaf and blind school children to benefit from PHL-US 1st Inclusive Education Center

Sorsogon's deaf and blind school
Sorsogon East Central School Special Education students perform during a school ceremony to welcome new teacher Dorothy Wang. Photo from Dorothy Wang’s official Blogspot.

Sorsogon’s deaf and blind school children are benefiting from the first-ever Inclusive Resource Education Center set up in the Philippines.

The special education center opened at the Sorsogon East Central School on February 21, 2020.

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The inclusive center provides Braillewriters, Braille embossers, hearing aid devices, and other technology and equipment to be utilized by early grade school students with visual and hearing impairments.

Developed by the Department of Education (DepEd) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Resources for the Blind, Inc. (RBI), the learning resource center for special education students is intended to benefit children with special needs in the areas of Batangas, Sorsogon, and Southern Leyte, with Sorsogon being the first place where the project is executed.

The project will also allow teachers to produce suitable learning materials for 2,100 children with sensory disabilities.

The Inclusive Resource Education Center is part of the Gabay project which was initiated in 2019 and allocated Php 92.3 million budget aimed to assist and provide quality education among blind, deaf or deaf-blind school children.

Bureau of Curriculum Development (BCD) Officer-in-Charge Director III Samuel Soliven said that the program gives more opportunities to special education children, saying, “children with disabilities deserve kindness, love, and guidance in pursuit of their dreams.”

USAID Director Dr. Thomas LeBlanc was joined by Education Undesecretary Diosdado San Antonio and Sorsogon City Mayor Ester Hamor for the inauguration of the center.

The USAID is an international development agency that seeks to help lift lives, build communities, and advance democracy.

Other projects of DepEd to provide quality education to schools and communities include the “Abot Alam” Alternative Learning System (ALS) in partnership with STI which seeks to help out-of-school youth finish education and the construction of classrooms built in Mindanao for indigenous cultural communities.

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