Abil­ity Bhutan So­ci­ety to train ECCD fa­cil­i­ta­tors

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While there are cur­rently more than 200 Early Child­hood Care and De­vel­op­ment (ECCD) cen­ters in Bhutan to pro­vide early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion for young chil­dren 3-5 years, chil­dren with spe­cial needs which in­cludes dis­abil­i­ties, de­vel­op­ment de­lays, learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties have lim­ited or no ac­cess to them. Due to the lim­ited train­ing in the area of in­clu­sion and spe­cial needs, ECCD cen­ters have not been able to cater to the needs of th­ese chil­dren.

Abil­ity Bhutan So­ci­ety (ABS) there­fore strives to fill this gap through ca­pac­ity build­ing and reach out to more ECCD cen­ters to pro­vide for­mal­ized train­ing to equip them with the nec­es­sary knowl­edge and skills for the in­clu­sion of chil­dren with spe­cial needs. As such, ABS will be con­duct­ing a train­ing pro­gram for ECCD fa­cil­i­ta­tors from the 6th – 10th Septem­ber 2016 at RE­NEW Con­fer­ence Hall, Thim­phu.

This 5-days train­ing pro­gram com­pris­ing of both the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal com­po­nents, sets out to em­power ECCD fa­cil­i­ta­tors and as­sist them to suc­cess­fully cre­ate an in­clu­sive class­room for spe­cial needs chil­dren in Bhutan there­after.

Twenty ECCD fa­cil­i­ta­tors from eleven Dzongkhags will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in this train­ing pro­gram. The ECCD fa­cil­i­ta­tors nom­i­nated are ei­ther from the Model ECCD cen­ters or from ones lo­cated near Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Needs (SEN) School.

The train­ing pro­gram is proudly sup­ported by the Canada Fund for Lo­cal Ini­tia­tive, and will be con­ducted by Ms. Jean Ho, Speech and Lan­guage Ther­a­pist from Sin­ga­pore, as well as Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of ABS, Beda Giri.

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