Photo of a child with a hearing impairment smiling in class in Uganda

Learning with a smile

Junior is a young boy with a hearing impairment as well as a learning disability. He goes to the same rural primary school in the Central Region of Uganda as Juliet (see Juliet’s story). Junior’s class teacher Margaret is also Juliet’s teacher.

Staff at this mainstream school used to find it challenging to work with Junior in the classroom. However, Margaret has received special training in how to support children who have hearing impairments from Signal’s partner Signhealth Uganda.

The learning experience has become considerably easier for both teacher and pupil

Following this training, the learning experience has become considerably easier for both teacher and pupil. For example, Margaret uses tactile teaching methods to help Junior with his classwork.

Margaret has been designated a ‘focus teacher’ by Signhealth Uganda. She not only puts the training that she has received into effect in her own classroom, but also transfers her newly acquired skills to other staff in the school.

Photo of a teacher encouraging a child with a hearing impairment in Uganda

© Communication for Development Ltd / Daylin Paul 2016

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