Blog posts about Disability
The hardest job in the world
Low pay. Lack of respect. Being asked to achieve the impossible with not enough time, resources or training to do your best. Oh, and the future of the world depends on you. Lucy Taylor hears from four teachers around the world about the challenges they face – and what keeps them going, despite everything.
Fighting for deaf inclusion in Kenya: Sylvester's story
Sylvester Ochieng, 28, is volunteering for a Kenya where all children have equal education opportunities. Children with hearing impairments face additional barriers to attending and making progress in school. He explains the impact he is seeing on his placement in Bungoma County.
“People in this community view my job as a waste of time”
Isabella explains how she copes as a teacher of children that many locals don't think deserve education, and how training from VSO led her on a mission to fight for disability rights.
"My son has begun to speak"
Charles Sibomana, 11, has suspected intellectual disabilities. He was always mute in school and remained separate from other children. Since his teacher at Gahanga Primary school was trained by VSO, his performance is improving, he is mixing with other children, and has even begun to speak.
Turning policy into practice for children with disabilities in Ghana
Gilbert Niwagaba is a VSO volunteer from Uganda, who has been working in Bolgatanga, in the Upper East Region of Ghana to help mainstream schools better meet the needs of children in their classes.
“If you have education, you can escape poverty”
Ghana’s inclusive education policy, launched last year, is helping to ensure the schooling of disabled children and vulnerable girls remains at the top of the agenda. VSO ICS volunteers Raluca Moraru and Gifty Arthur talk about their time in Talensi district in northern Ghana working on projects making education accessible to all.
VSO publishes landmark survey of child special educational needs in Kenya
Report in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is the first national survey of child and youth disability.
Getting the balance right: A week in the life of a vocational training specialist
A week in the life of Mark White, vocational education volunteer in Uganda
We will not succeed until every child with disabilities is in school
Joachim Faara, the Director of Ghana Education Services in Talensi District explains how children with disabilities are being brought to the classroom with the support of VSO