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CAB STATE OF ORGANIZATION REPORT 2020

 

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

 

As we usher in the year 2021, I wish to thank all of our international partners, the government of Liberia, sponsors, contributors, friends, well-wishers, the general membership, National and Local Leaders of CAB everywhere across LIBERIA and around the world for your kind support to CAB and the wonderful work each one of you continue to do in advancing the social inclusion and economic participation of the blind and partially sighted in Liberia.

 

We acknowledge with profound thanks the reconditioning of the driveway leading to the CAB Center for the Blind which was carried out by engineers of the Government’s Ministry of Public Works in February 2020.

 

We do recognize with profound thanks the United Commodities Incorporated regular food supply to the CAB Center for the Blind to sustain students who are studying at the Institute’s facilities and the financial support towards the educational needs of integrated students at the Center.

It is worth noting the scholarship assistance our Institute continue to receive in support of the education of few blind children studying at the CAB Center for the Blind through the instrumentality of Sis. Michelle Quinn and Sis. Leonora Tucker who are based in the United States. Their financial contribution has extended to address some of the critical health needs of students, especially during outbreak of the Global Pandemic.

 

Kim and Rick are important partners to the progress of our program especially in support of the education and rehabilitation of the Blind in Liberia. Their quarterly financial contributions to the work of CAB have impacted our program in a meaningful way.

 

 

 

IMPLEMENTATION OF CABACITY PROJECT

 

January 7, 2020 commenced the year with the conduct of a weeklong visit of a monitoring team from Denmark. Abigail, project manager based in Denmark who had traveled along with Susanne Kotch Andersen project assistant for CABACITY Reloaded in Liberia, took the lead along with few members of the country team to visit and assess the impact of project implementation across the nation.

 

The exercise considered a thorough review of LFA and the Monitoring and evaluation of the CABACITY Reloaded in Liberia.

During the monitoring visit, the team indicated that Successful outcomes of project implementation could be attributed to the result of improved relationship between the project team and the leadership and Membership of the organization.  This is reflected in the Increased Women involvement in the ACTIVITIES of CAB to ensure women's participation and representation at the highest decision making of the Association

 

During the year under review, CAB conducted training in areas such as leadership and administration, routine training on report writing, organization dynamics, minutes taking etc. Similar trainings were carried out in learning areas for strengthening of organization capacity as the Business management and financial management training.

 

We deliberated on the Attendants of members to the regular monthly meeting of CAB, the challenges encountered by members who attend these meetings and plans to reduce the monthly transportation support from monthly to quarterly from the budget of the CABACITY Project, became a matter of concern and those who attended the meeting made an appeal to Danish Association of the Blind to continue to assist with the monthly transportation allowance for members to attend meetings and take part in discussion development regularly.

 

The Association over the year, intensified efforts geared at fundraising activities for CAB to ensure that the organization became financially sustainable and further strengthened members who are gradually increasing their writing skill capacity to write and document report of important events occurring within the organization as a way of presenting a positive image of CAB as a whole. As a result, there are many good events taking place at CAB some of which have attracted assistance to the Association.

 

It is worth noting that our partnership collaboration with the DAB has given new shape and form to the organization empowering it to advocate for the creation of space in society and the enjoyment of rights by the blind on equal basis with others which has increasingly rendered CAB as the authentic voice of the blind in Liberia.

 

 

CAB successfully held two meeting of the advisory Board during the year to abreast members of the Board of the general situation of CAB nationwide and collaborating progress with other partners internationally. The Board members deliberated on implementation of ongoing Cabacity Reloaded Project being funded by DISABLED People ORGANIZATION OF Denmark  through the Danish ASSOCIATION of the Blind in collaboration with the Liberia Christian Association of the Blind (CAB) and expressed satisfaction of outcomes from the overall development of the project particularly for project activities expansion to far to reach rural communities, which is gradually activating poor blind persons to engage in socio-economic activities in Liberia.

 

Recommendations from CABACITY Project Evaluation

The overall purpose of the mid-term evaluation was to provide CAB and DAB with a picture of the current status of the project in order to gain useful lessons for the remaining project period, and where possible for future interventions. The evaluation was conducted by Mr. Kwami Ansre a project consultant who was contracted by the Danish Association of the Blind To carry out evaluation of project work for the blind in Liberia. Kwami arrived in Liberia from Ghana on November 18, 2020 and immediately commenced a three-week evaluation of project activities across the country.

 

The thorough assessment of project was intended to enable both DAB and CAB reflect on approaches and strategies they have applied to achieve the goal they set for themselves on the project. It will also offer the opportunity to redirect energy and resources where it is deemed more effective and necessary. The evaluation will provide learnings for both theory and practice.

 

  1. The Evaluation recommends that practical and differing approaches be adopted to build confidence of women members. Though they participated during the meetings held, they did not seem to have the confidence to respond to questions or comments till they were picked to respond. Perhaps allow them to take the lead in some branch activities like meetings;
  2. Identify and negotiate with suitable and agreeable sales outlets to supply stocks of produce for sale and advertisement of products of the blind during the airtime that has been paid for to promote their sale as well as stating where these can be bought.
  3. It is recommended that the project produce simple guidelines for the branch leadership outlining the roles they are to play as leaders. Produce them in Braille for those who can read and go through with them position by position.
  4. Concerted advocacy plans should be developed from headquarters and advocacy committee in consultation with selected members. Advocacy packages should meet common issues that exist in the districts. The advocacy tool kit is laudable but many of the members or leaders are not educated enough to read understand and apply its contents.

 

  1. Let’s make it easy for the branches to advocate. Advocacy committee should be given more specific tasks such as developing the advocacy packages including the production of templates for radio programs for broadcast. These can include general issues like eradicating stigmatization, the inclusion of the blind in local decision-making bodies and the rights of PWDs. They can also include specific local issues that the branches are advocating. The packages can be localized by using relevant local scenarios and examples.

 

  1. The Social Grant committee should have control of disbursing the social grant. Once guidelines have been developed, agreed upon by both partners, the committee should have the responsibility of disbursement. As it is, some of the branches have shown an interest in farming but are yet to receive their funds and the rainy season is coming to an end. It is also important that mechanisms, systems and structures that have been set up by the project for its own effectiveness be seen to be working. The building of trust and the sense of ownership are as important to the project as accountability.

 

  1. There is the need to realign the budget to cater for a more effective monitoring and coaching of the project and the membership respectively. An idea is to reduce large training events where large numbers of members congregate in Monrovia for a number of days. Rather, the training should be carried to the members in their branches. Teams can be formed, training packages developed, and branches allocated to each team. Simultaneous training activities can be carried out by the various teams. Once completed, the teams can move to other branches. The project team should work out the financials and make a comparison and monitoring activities should be extended by 2 to 3 days so that coaching and refresher activities can be included in the monitoring itinerary. Such activities can be termed “formative monitoring” and are usually very effective in growing leaders “on-the-job”.

 

  1. Staff capacity building and development should be carried out as the project expands in size and complexity. Specific areas to consider include -use of accounting software, fund raising, advocacy, negotiation, and conflict resolution. As the project expands, there is the potential for an increment in all types of activities. Experience has shown that as branches become more enlightened and proactive, the potential for more advanced levels of advocacy, fund raising, and conflict emerge. Leadership from the head office needs to be in the position to handle these issues.

 

  1. Emoluments and salaries for the project team need to be upgraded to reflect the effort and commitment they are showing to the project. Similar positions within the NGO sector currently pay more than 30% more than what CAB is currently paying staff on the project. Additionally, an allowance be paid to the president because from the observation he works virtually as a project officer, undertakes advocacy activities, attends meetings, goes on monitoring visits and carries out his other administrative duties. The above mentioned is important for the morale of the staff.

 

  1. The importance of the work being carried out by the project for the blind in Liberia cannot be understated and it would be beneficial if others could have the new lease on life that project counties are enjoying. It is therefore recommended that the partners expand the project to the other counties not yet included in the current project. This could be done through the gradual phasing out of the older counties as their social grants provide them with financial support while activating new ones using learnings from the current project for a new design.

 

  1. It is recommended that a new vehicle be purchased for the implementation of the project. The current one spends a lot of time in the garage/workshop and is not reliable or cost effective. Distances between the branches can be far and the roads are in a very poor state. The risk of getting stranded in the middle of a field trip is very high. This not only wastes time but resources and effort.

 

  1. It is recommended that an effective steel safe be acquired for the storage and safe keeping of project documents and funds. Currently, a metal box is being used. It is not secured to anything and could be carried away quite easily.

 

 

 

CAB 8th General Assembly

 

Honorable Mobutu Nyenpan who was then the Minister of Public Works, delivered the keynote address at the 8th General Assembly of the Association on the topic “Government’s Infrastructural initiatives and measures adopted by the Ministry of Public Works regarding universal designs ensuring equal access to public facilities for the blind and others with disabilities In Liberia.”

 

In addition to the task of delivering the keynote message at the assembly of the Blind, Minister Nyenpan gave orders for the commencement of the rehabilitation of the avenue leading to the Center for the Blind which when fully completed, will enable environmental access to Center Facilities by the Blind and partially sighted who use the white cane to navigate the community, the pavement of access road will ensure easy travel for the Blind and un-hinder access to the main International Airport Road (the Monrovia/Roberts-field Highway) and will serve as a precedent for engineers to replicate in the construction of roads and building infrastructure not only for the Blind but for all other persons alike including persons with disabilities who use wheel chairs and other assistive devices to navigate the community and public facilities.

 

We regret to report that Minister Mobutu Nyenpan met his untimely demise during the year under review. May his soul and the souls of all faithful departed, rest in peace and light perpetual shine on all. Rest in peace, Mobutu.

 

The General Assembly as the meeting of the highest decision-making body of the Association consisted of National and local leaders and other opinion leaders from all of the Association’s branches in Liberia; was held at the CAB National Resource Center for the Blind. The convening of the National General Assembly of CAB was in compliance with the association’s constitution. The attendance of the Assembly consisted of a total of 58 delegates representing 8 branches of the association.

 

The CAB National General Assembly was held for 5 days, from 25th February to 29th 2020, deliberated on those issues that were characterized by the Assembly’s Agenda on the theme “Creating Space and Opportunities in Society for Inclusive Social Development and Empowerment of the Blind

 

Her Excellency Chief Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor, Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, graced the occasion and deliberated on the topic: “Legal status of the affirmative action law, Gender Solidarity in support of the law and the network of other under-privilege disadvantage groups in Liberia.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESOLUTION ADOPTED AT 8TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

The following resolutions were adopted at the 8th General Assembly of CAB:

 

  1. Taking into consideration the huge financial burden incurred as a result of the convening of the CAB G.A. on an annual basis, the General Assembly agreed to amend Article 10 Section 1 of the Association's constitution that instead of meeting once every year, the General assembly shall meet once after every two years.

 

  1. Article 12 Section 2L of the Association’s constitution under the eligibility clause regarding sexual harassment and abuse was also amended by the general assembly to report the individual allegedly committing such crime to state security rather than taking action to expel the perpetrator from CAB.

 

  1. That the association shall undertake to conduct Braille literacy and numeracy program to afford its members especially leaders the opportunity to empower them to become literate and fluent in the use of braille and other skills including access technology and the use of smart phones at all CAB local branches;

 

  1. That in pursuance to ensuring computer literacy for all of its members especially leaders of the association, all targeted branches of CAB shall be equipped with laptop or desktop computers to enhance the acquisition of computer skills for the blind and partially sighted;

 

  1. That CAB shall intensify its advocacy campaign to ensure the election and representation of persons with disabilities at the Liberian Legislature to speak and foster the development of the disabled in accordance with section 9 of the law establishing the Liberia National Commission on Disabilities and allocated three seats for persons with disabilities in Liberia;

 

  1. That for the purpose of upholding the rule of law and maintaining permanent peace and stability, the World Crimes Court be established to punish those who bear the greatest responsibilities of economic crimes and crimes against humanity especially during the 14 years of civil war in Liberia;

 

  1. That in addition to strengthening local leadership structures, CAB shall strive to ensure the establishment of its own office infrastructure in all targeted branches to enhance visibility and attract support for sustainability;

 

  1. That each local branch of CAB undertakes agricultural production activities including the cultivation of farmland for vegetable and animal production for the financial sustainability of the organization.

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2020

 

The achievements listed below have been recognized as establishing the grounds of our progress and success of the year 2020.

Achievements duly acknowledged among others are:

 

  • THE WHITE CANE LAW

 

The unhindered access to the Law on the Use of the White CANE to Safeguard the Rights of the Blind to Public Facilities in Liberia, is, a major breakthrough rekindling new impetus amongst the blind and partially sighted for achieving full participation in the social and economic life of the state with remunerative employment.

 

Since its enactment and subsequent approval by the President of Liberia in August 2013, the law was withheld from the Association by the government of Liberia for lack of political will to ensure the full enforcement of the law. It was only after seven years being concealed in the library of the Liberian Legislature, that the legal instrument was discovered and retrieved in November 2020 thus, empowering the association to access and use its provisions to engage duty bearers.

 

The law was since 7 years ago been advocated by CAB, and has its legal basis from UNCRPD Article 9 mandating that Government of Liberia ensures that as citizens of Liberia, the blind and partially sighted shall have and enjoy access to the full and free use of the streets, highways, walkways, public building, public facilities, and other public places. The law in addition, guarantees for the blind the enjoyment of rights to full and equal accommodation, advantages, facilities and privileges on common carriers   such as airplanes, motor vehicles, rail-road trains, boats and all other public conveyances as well as in hotels and lodging places.  

 

In regards to the education of the blind and sign language interpretation for those who are hard of hearing, The law made specific provisions ensuring access to information and communication to others with disabilities particularly the blind and visually impaired and where appropriate, their families and advocates shall have access to information on diagnosis, rights and available services and programs at all stages. Such information shall be presented in formats accessible to persons with disabilities.

 

These legal provisions are aligned to goal 4 of the SDGS, calling for equal access to all levels of education for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities. The UNCRPD article 24 mandates countries who have ratified the convention to ensure that in the education system, students who are blind receive their education in the modes that are most appropriate to their needs, such as braille for educators who are fluent in braille.

 

In addition, increased recognition of the International Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works in print for the blind and disabled especially because Braille is the main mode of literacy for blind people. Braille Literacy and access to other intellectual materials available in formats that the blind can use is for the education and full integration of the blind into the labor market. Minutes from stakeholders meeting can be found in Appendix A of this document.

 

Article one sections five and six of the White Cane Law obligates all drivers of motor vehicles approaching a pedestrian who is using a white cane to take all necessary precautions to avoid injury to such a pedestrian and that the driver of a vehicle who is approaching a totally blind or partially sighted pedestrian who is carrying a cane predominantly white in color without a red tip, shall take all necessary precautions to avoid accident that may result into injury to such a pedestrian. All drivers under this provision, who fail to take precaution, shall be liable in damages for any injury cause to such a pedestrian.

 

CAB reinvigorated project expansion through the “Cabacity” Reloaded Project in Liberia. Project has taken roots in four other political sub-divisions of Liberia which include Grand Gedeh, Nimba, Lofa and Bomi Counties for project activities in those counties. This is to ensure the strengthening of the membership of CAB and organizational capacity development program of the association.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION OF GOAL BALL COURT

 

Many visually impaired children and young people have enrolled into the education and rehabilitation program of CAB some of whom have been integrated into the CAB Youth Committee to promote youth development and involvement with the work of the association. The construction of the Goalball Court at the CAB National Resource Center for the Blind, is to enhance the education and rehabilitation of the blind. It is the first of its kind in the country and came as a result of financial assistance from the Government’s National Social Security and Welfare Corporation of Liberia.

 

This has given boost to the education of the blind for building individual acumen and physical agility through sports and recreation of members, especially pupils attending and benefiting from learning programs at the Center for the Blind and aims to promote social inclusion of the blind in local and international tournaments. Construction of the physical infrastructure of the Goalball Court has successfully been completed without a roof as yet. This is because of the inadequacy of funds. The Court contains a rectangular of 18 meters long by 9 meters wide with Goalball poles already installed consisting of nets in the back of each poles with court markings on the floor. We are currently sourcing funds to procure a synthetic resilient flooring surface covering for the court to ensure a smooth pavement of the floor in order to meet International Standard. A smooth surface of the Goalball Court is for the excitement and enjoyment of the game, mitigate physical injury of players and obtain the ultimate objective of the program.

Guillermo Aguirre, a Mexican friend and brother of CAB, recognized for his outstanding contribution to the education and rehabilitation of the blind in Liberia, has most recently donated two goal balls and two Goalball-nets as his personal contribution to the development of the game in Liberia. During his first visit to Liberia in January 2009, Guillermo arrived at the CAB Center for the Blind upon invitation from the association.  He then came along with several goal balls and other educational materials which he presented as gifts to the program of the blind. Guillermo is credited for his passion of the Goalball Game which he introduced for the first time to the blind and partially sighted in Liberia and has sustain the skill in many visually impaired person during the three times he was here on a visit.

 

  • INCREASE IN MEMBERSHIP

 

The updated and growing Membership of CAB currently stand at 820 in eight of the newly reactivated branches of the organization.  This increment is due to the radio advocacy programs and outreach activities resulting from the recruitment of newly blinded persons which include door to door visitation of homes of individuals, identification and registration of persons who were lockdown in homes or confined to their closets and or placed in remote localities, or far to reach communities.

 

CAB is resolved to follow up and document new initiatives for partnership engagement and the establishment of new partnership entered into by CAB with other international and national organizations.

 

Our commitment to the principles of membership strengthening and organizational development has given a drive to CAB and its members to regularly make reports from the CAB headquarters and ensure that these reports are improved and disseminated to other local branches throughout the year.

 

Ensured commitment to membership activities and established and standardized procedures such as agenda and meeting minutes, monthly reporting and quarterly action plan at each local branch. Conducted elections at the branches of the association and included women in the National leadership of CAB during the conduct of its general assembly.

 

In order to boost the organizational development of CAB, the association has endeavor to attract at least two additional partners that will support CAB in its development work.

 

  • LAUNCH OF ADVOCACY TOOL KIT

 

CAB at both national and local levels over the year, endeavored  to promote education, launched the use of the advocacy toolkit, commemorated the world white cane safety day program; highlighting inclusion of the blind in the general education in compliance with Government’s Inclusive Education Policy and the act on the Use of the White cane law; the enrollment of blind students in mainstream schools; undertook the task to write about success stories that effect changes in the organization and for members, and reported a positive image about the blind. CAB furthered committed itself to extend its advocacy that will guarantee the inclusion of the blind into vocational training as well.

 

  • COORDINATION WITH OTHER DPO’S

 

In regard to Coordination with other groups, CAB is actively engaged with the umbrella organization of the disabled in Liberia formulating and strengthening the advocacy council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHALLENGES OF 2020

 

Covid-19 Outbreak

 

According to the Ministry of Health, Liberia reported its first confirmed case of the COVID-19 on 16 March 2020 in Monrovia, the country's capital. The COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve in the country, with the numbers of new cases and deaths rapidly increasing, although disproportionately between counties with people with disability being even more vulnerable to contracting COVID.

There are some public health measures in place in order to slow down this rapid growth in cases. The cornerstone of the response in Liberia is to find, isolate, test and care for every case, and to trace and quarantine every contact. As of 23 August 2020, the country had recorded one thousand two hundred ninety (1,290) confirmed cases of COVID-19, including ten (10) death and 8,199 contacts registered.

Liberia has embarked on more community testing to identify cases as majority of the COVID-19 cases in Liberia remain asymptomatic; this has aided in confirming more cases in hotspot communities.

The risk of transmission remains very high largely due to high population movements in Montserrado, as the county is home to approximately 1.5 million, a third of the country's total population, while local transmission mainly from contacts of confirmed cases has accounted for about 98.7% of the cases. It is also due to non-restrictive measures to isolate or self-isolate high-risk contacts from the general population, including families across the country.

The spread of the virus has left many with serious uncertainty and has brought back the trauma caused by the Ebola virus that ravaged through communities in 2014. It has also exacerbated the economic hardship facing vulnerable groups in Liberia. Many have lost their source of livelihood while others have given up hope of finding employment, a scarcity for the disabled and other vulnerable groups even before COVID 19.

The outbreak has also had devastating impact on our health and education systems with the rise in cases and the shutdown of schools around the country and in the region.

The governments emergency declaration usher a shutdown that limited movement and prevented vulnerable family members from seeing their loved ones. CAB's advocacies and leadership resulted into government granting the association access pass to two of its vehicles to respond to emergency needs of the blind during lockdown.

CAB RESPONSE TO COVID

In response to the rise in cases among vulnerable groups, CAB quickly took the lead in advocacy by developing a “Call to Action” in April of 2020. We urged the Government of Liberia to swiftly act amidst its declaration of a national emergency to among other things:

  1. Ensure inclusion in the fight against COVID-19;
  2. Ensure access to information on COVID-19 in accessible format for the blind and other vulnerable groups;
  3. Take steps to prevent domestic violence and abuse against vulnerable women and girls;
  4. Provide Emergency relief support and financial aid to vulnerable groups;
  5. Prioritize institutions catering to vulnerable groups when it became time to distribute emergency relief supplies and services.

 

We congratulate our government for the establishment of a Covid-19 Task Force, inclusive of Representations of persons with disabilities including persons who are blind and partially sighted and their representative organizations to monitor the evolving needs of persons with disabilities and advice on the implementation of inclusive response plans, programs and strategies.

Quite recently, the Government of Liberia made a budgetary allocation of $25 million US dollars to launch a stimulus package which seeks to mitigate acute problems created as a result of Covid-19. The government delegated the responsibility of managing and implementing the stimulus package to the UN World Food Program (WFP) based in Monrovia so as to ensure that the program benefits the most vulnerable population of Liberia.

The WFP expertise in the management of government's stimulus package is gradually improving and making strives to reach many of the poorest sectors like the elderly, poor people living in slums, senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

 

CAB would like to see more done to address other needs created as a result of the virus. The stimulus package has fallen short of access to finance to enable the vulnerable to rejuvenate lost livelihood activities especially for the poor women and persons with disabilities. While food is an important necessity in these difficult times, it does not address the socio-economic needs of vulnerable groups many of whom have no access to proper health care, education, or a employment.

CAB developed an intervention proposal for the prevention, outreach and awareness raising of COVID-19 among vulnerable groups. This project is yet to receive any financial support or commitment. CAB would like to implement this project towards the beginning of the New Year or sometimes 2021.

We also, quite recently, drafted a regional proposal for the West African region in adherence with the African Union of the Blind strategic plan. This project, if implemented will promote collaboration and membership development within the region and most importantly provide the platform to develop a strategic regional plan to address the problem of covid-19 and strengthen organizational networking in the region.

 

 

 

In order to achieve the activities stated above, provision of resources to promote the socio-economic development of vulnerable groups in the region would be gladly welcomed at such a time as this, especially from our Friends, Sponsors and International Partners. We’ve seen a breakdown in the programs that have provided rehabilitation and empowerment for vulnerable groups as governments have scrambled to redistribute meager resources.

This could come in the form of educational empowerment through provision of equipment and supplies, skills training, personal hygiene supplies, agriculture supplies and small business management training, access to micro-finance, food supplies, and domestic violence awareness and prevention training etc.

More specifically, CAB would need to secure funding to implement the following empowerment proposals it has developed:

  • AFUB West African Region Proposal to promote collaboration in the region and address the problems caused by COVID-19;
  • CAB’s proposal for the prevention, outreach and awareness creation of COVID-19 among vulnerable groups;
  • CAB’s Effective Inclusive Education Initiative Proposal developed in partnership with the Ministry of Education;
  • Any additional support that promotes programs geared at education and skill training including the full enforcement of the LAW on the Use of the White Cane to Safeguard the Rights of the Blind to Public Facilities in Liberia thus ensuring the creation of a favorable environment for the blind to participate in the social and economic life of the state with remunerative employment.

 

CONCLUSION

We appreciate your support in every progress we have succeeded to undertake this year. With the strong support of our members and our International partners, Sponsors, the government of Liberia and well-wishers, we have developed and made great progress. That is why I would like to thank each of you for the efforts and dedication to the work of CAB.

 

Shalom to all of you and wish you all the best for this holiday season, your families and your loved ones. I look forward to working with you in the New Year and hope that 2021 brings you all success and prosperity.

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix A

 

Education stakeholders meeting of the Liberia Ministry of Education;

Monday, October 19, 2020;

Presenter was WOLOBAH, of the Hope School for the Deaf;

The deaf sign language teaching methodology include improving communication skills;

Finger flexibility for deaf students using 85 percent vision; materials used are construction papers for vision aid, stones are used to count money, reading books containing short stories, transition deaf students to mainstream schools which is the inclusive education program. Efforts made to get deaf students enrolled at the university need state financing. Training of sign language interpreters is important to enhance their education and even during the administering of the National exams.

The issue and situation of deaf blind were raised during the meeting; there were concerns about their number in Liberia, their education etc.

Provision of hearing aids for deaf students was also a concern raised.

Madam Theresa Garwo raised concern about the Establishment of functioning centers; was raised as a concern;

Mr. Jackson Sowah, Principal of the Liberia School for the Blind presented a paper in which he disclosed that Disability education began in Liberia as a social Welfare program in 1976.

The state school is also challenged by the shortage of finance;

One deaf-blind student was enrolled trained in the use of braille and other courses at the school and has been integrated into the regular school;

Currently has at the school about 10 computers that are being used to train visually impaired students.

Follow up for the deaf blind was the skill in hair dressing as a vocation and income generating for sustainability.

 

8500 was the amount allocated for to the division of Special and Inclusive education and it was only a smaller amount used for the education stakeholder meeting.

We brainstormed the development of a unified curriculum for special schools in Liberia which can be used as a standardized system for monitoring the quality of education for students learning at those schools around the country.

Below are some suggestions given as name of the curriculum.

  1. national Curricular for Operation of special schools in Liberia;
  2. Standard curricula for the operation of special schools in Liberia;
  3. National standard curricula for special school in Liberia;
  4. Authorized manual for the operation of special schools in Liberia;