HAMBIA SUPPORT CENTER
DEVELOPMENT OF A SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES
– We want to offer neglected children and young people with mental and physical disabilities in the city of Brikama, Gambia, the opportunity to develop their potential at the HAMBIA Support Center.
– The guiding principle is to help them help themselves and enable them to participate in society.
– We want to support the children and families in improving their lives by giving the children and young people meaningful employment and access to education, thus relieving the burden on their parents so that they can spend their days earning money more freely.
The aim is to integrate them into social and professional life.
RIGHT TO EDUCATION:
All children have a right to education and social participation! In The Gambia, children with mental and physical disabilities have virtually no access to education. The HAMBIA Support Center, a planned school and day care centre in one, will be an educational facility for this vulnerable target group in Brikama.
Jobs are rare in The Gambia. The HAMBIA Support Center is creating 17 jobs. These are mainly for women from the community and returned refugees.
A solar system, a grey water system and a fruit and vegetable garden will contribute to self-sufficiency and a sustainable perspective for the support center.
- The personality, creativity and talents of each individual child are respected and we endeavour to develop them to their full potential.
- Teaching skills and abilities relevant to everyday life, strengthening self-confidence, developing logical thinking, promoting motor and social skills, supporting independent work.
- Specialist rooms instead of classrooms: clear structures, resource-saving, moving breaks, more intensive perception of lesson time, promotion of orientation.
- Use of sign-supported communication
- Adapted individual forms of communication are used.
- Individual orientation and mobility skills are promoted.
Subjects: Acquiring skills and abilities relevant to everyday life with maths, English, music, art, work, play and movement.
Respectful interaction with one another and constant reflection on our actions in the various teams are a matter of course for us.
Specialised training for dealing with mentally disabled children is provided by experienced volunteers from Germany.
Our actions are based on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.