CLaSH supports special education

Association pursues comprehensive education for children with language, speech and hearing impairments.

12 November 2018 | Education

The director of the Association for Children with Language, Speech and Hearing Impairments of Namibia (CLaSH) and the permanent secretary of the ministry of education, arts and culture recently signed a memorandum of understanding supporting their future cooperation.

The memorandum acknowledges e cooperation and collaboration between CLaSH and the ministry and gives direction to the envisaged future developments aimed at the integration of specialised early education services for children who are deaf, empowerment programmes for their parents, and formal education as offered at government schools for the deaf.

In this vein, CLaSH organised a week-long study tour to Germany from 10 to 18 November for Leopoldine Nakashole, the deputy director: special programmes and schools to support the ministry’s approach towards an education system that is inclusive of the early years in a child’s development.

Funded by a private sponsor, this educational visit takes Nakashole to Oldenburg, Osnabrück and Hannover in Lower Saxony and finally to Hamburg. She is accompanied by Heide Beinhauer, the director of CLaSH, herself a specialised teacher for children with language, speech and hearing impairments.

Their programme is filled with visits to internationally recognised health and education facilities and provides a comprehensive overview of available services, intervention and rehabilitation measures.

Nakashole will have the opportunity to observe and experience all intervention steps for children with hearing loss – from newborn hearing screening, hearing aid fitting, cochlear implant surgery, pre-, primary and high school education, vocational training and tertiary education up to the successful integration of well qualified deaf adults in the labour market.

This tour will strengthen the bond between CLaSH and the ministry of education, arts and culture to enhance the holistic, yet individualised approach to education that both institutions are striving for.

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