The role of Liliane Foundation for the development of the special education programme
(OGCDC) December 4, 2012

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The role of Liliane Foundation (Netherlands) for the development of the special education programme in Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam.

Liliane Foundation (Netherlands) aimed to create a good learning environment for disabled and disadvantaged children by supporting the project “The running cost for special Future School in Hue, Viet Nam“. The support for the school for children with learning difficulties started in September, 2004. The school is under the management of the Office of Genetic Counseling and Disabled Children (OGCDC) and the Youth Centre in Thua Thien Hue. During the past years, this support brought many good conditions and opportunities for underprivileged children who are now enabled to attend school and are included in social life. And this school is the first and the only school model in the central Vietnam for children with learning difficulties. Our team also aims to share experiences and knowledge with other provinces and to develop education systems for remote areas.

The project “Basic Facilities” contributed for school year activities as teaching aids, ceremonies and meetings, clothes and equipment for performances as well as trips. Additionally, the project "Individual children’s assistance” contributed for children with learning problems as in the fields of health care for children, salary for teachers, cooking teaching. Starting with one class of six students and one teacher initially, it has been grown into a well-acknowledged institution in Vy Da South Planned Zone - called “Future School” with 65 children, 6 classes, 12 teachers, 1 cook, 1 storekeeper and 1 principle. Future School provides quality special education for children with learning difficulties from age 6 to 17 (including all levels of developmental disabilities as well as children with Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy). Becoming an all-day school, all members of OGCDC’s special education team and all teachers in Future school had to design a schedule for the whole day. Therefore, the special education team organized weekly teacher training to develop new activities such as the library hour, literacy conferences, projects, cooking lessons as well as school assemblies and the school newspaper. Being an all-day-school provides us the opportunity to create activities which are meaningful for the daily life of our children. Thus, this project led to innovations, which changed people’s awareness about the necessity of a special education system for children with all kinds of learning difficulties.

Based on the Liliane Foundation’s supporting and children’s progress, we have more possibilies now to carry out activities for our children. Our experiences of the last years show that special education is as important as inclusive education. We hope that Liliane Foudation will continue to support our activities for children with disabilities in Hue. Thank you so much for what you have done for our children.

Hoang Bach

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