Baseline Study Report for the “Promoting equal access to education in Malawi” (PEATEMA) Project.
Please click on the link to download the full report: PEATEMA Project Baseline Study Report 2016
This five-year project is being carried out by Signal in partnership with CCAP Synod of Livingstonia (Malawi), with funding from Comic Relief, to support marginalised children with deafness, hearing loss and other disabilities into quality education in Malawi.
The baseline study was conducted in October 2016.
Signal would like to share details of its project in Uganda in partnership with Signhealth Uganda.
Funded by UK aid, the project aimed to improve the knowledge and awareness in the areas of health, HIV, education, rights and choices for deaf people in Uganda.
This was a new field for both Signal and our partners as, for the first time, we took a rights-based approach to empowering young deaf people to be aware of their legal and human rights to both an education and equal access to health services.
Whilst empirical evidence is often hard to find, our research with deaf and hearing impaired communities in many countries has shown that, for many young deaf people, their access to these essential and life enhancing services is often restricted. This is caused by communication difficulties, stigma and discrimination and a lack of knowledge of the services available and who can access them. These fundamental human rights are enshrined under both international law and legislation passed by Uganda and we worked within these parameters.
The aim was to tackle the poverty and exclusion of deaf persons in Uganda and encourage equitable social participation. The project would demonstrate the feasibility of disability inclusion in service provision and local governance on a sustainable basis. For children this would include being enrolled in, and progressing through, primary school, as we worked with teachers to provide them with the skills to offer inclusive education for those with special needs.
In the areas of health, we worked with regional service providers through the main hospitals, outreach services, local clinics and specialist local organisations, including those offering HIV/AIDS counselling and testing, reproductive health services and the judiciary and support groups dealing with gender-based violence.
As with all our international projects, Signal and Signhealth Uganda took an holistic approach, working with multiple stakeholders in the areas of education and health. This was both at a formal level, through national and regional service providers, and with local groups and interested parties. We continued to listen to our direct beneficiaries and make any necessary revisions to the planned project activities to reflect this.
The project worked in two main areas, Arua District in the Northern Region and Masaka District in Central Uganda.
The project ran from 1st September 2014 to 31st August 2017 with a total approved budget of £248,715.97.
Signhealth Uganda received £194,030.77 (78.01%) for the implementation of the project activities.
Signal received £54,685.20 (21.99%) for the global management (financial, operations and monitoring and evaluation) of the project. This sum also included provision for a final independent external evaluation of the project when it was complete.