The Model Centre for Deaf Education and Training (MoCeDET) was formed as an center for ECD and early primary school aged children in 2006 with the aim to improve the quality of education for deaf children in Kajiado. The region has over 500 registered deaf children (they have been tested by the Ministry of Education) who do not receive quality education because of a lack of specialized schools. Social workers from MoCeDET liaise with local government to identify the children that they can support through the ECD center. After the children are identified, they are then enrolled, evaluated and placed in MoCeDET.
The ECD center follows the government curriculum and teachers place emphasis on learning sign language and English language to ensure that the children are able to communicate and therefore learn better. The teaching model involves professionally trained deaf teachers to deliver quality education and better understand the needs of the students. The ECD center is a boarding school and sponsors the students' tuition, boarding and learning materials. The boarding environment ensures that children can attend school from a wider region and develops a culture where students are able to interact with each other. Following completion at the center, MoCeDET assists in placing the children in schools that support the deaf around the country. Deaf children are at times stigmatized by their families and community who are not sufficiently trained to communicate with the children. MoCeDET recognizes the importance of community engagement for sustainability of the program and partners with the Kenya National Association for the Deaf to offer regular workshops to sensitize the community of deafness. They also tried to host weekly sign language courses for the families of students but were unable to sustain this as parents were unable to make the weekly trip. One of the main challenges faced by the ECD center is lack of teaching and learning materials that are developed for the deaf and is an area they are keen to develop through partnership.
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CEI approaches in action
MoCeDET works with social workers from local governments to identify deaf children.
Since its founding as an ECD and preprimary school, MoCeDET has evolved to include courses and workshops such as interpreting and sign language aimed at improving delivery of education to the deaf.
In the future, MoCeDET hopes to:
- Have a sign language training center for teachers and the community by March 2015
- Have computer and vocational training available to the deaf community within 5 years
- Develop a research department on language development to act as a resource
- Continuously source funding and partnership
- Grow the ECD Center to include primary schooling and then open other centers in different parts of Kenya
Monitoring & Evaluation
Though MoCEDET’s strategic plan is not finalized to include their M&E strategy, they do monitor results at the school through student testing, teacher evaluations and discussion groups with the students