We are delighted to share the news of our new project increasing access to education for children with hearing loss in Ndola, in the Copperbelt Region of Zambia.
Thanks to the support of the People of the Island of Jersey, we are improving infrastructure at two mainstream schools with deaf units in Zambia and supporting targeted outreach screening to mainstream primary schools within the Ndola District to enable the early identification and treatment of hearing loss amongst children in Grade 1 at mainstream schools.
This project will:
- Expand the current deaf units by constructing three new classrooms in each school at Kansenshi Basic School and Chilengwa Primary School, including teaching and learning materials.
- Using our HARK Vehicle, the Audiology team from Ndola Central Hospital will provide weekly outreach visits to screen children in mainstream schools within Ndola District for hearing loss in Grade 1 (also accompanied by Optometrists to screen for vision-related problems).
Construction began last week, see the first photos below:
Watch this space for updates on the project!
Update August 2017: The photos above show an outreach visit with our HARK vehicle at Chilengwa Primary School, where 175 children in Grade 1 had their hearing screened. Our volunteer Audiologist Bhavisha was also there.
Huge thanks to the team in Ndola for their hard work on this project and to the People of the Island of Jersey for enabling this project to happen.