12.12.2011 - UNESCO Office in Amman

Supporting inclusive education for hearing impaired students


Amman, 12 December 2011 – In partnership with the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities (HCD) and the Ministry of Education, UNESCO has launched a programme to foster the inclusion of students with hearing impairments in education.

The programme is supporting the inclusion of students within the public schooling system through a two-fold approach: developing the capacities of relevant supervisors and officials at the Ministry of Education and equipping students with hearing aids.

The programme started on Sunday 11 December in Amman and will last until February 2012.

Over the coming two months more than 100 supervisors and trainers from the Ministry of Education and HCD will be trained to become trainers on teaching methodologies for students with hearing impairment, sign-language and its interpretation.

In the course of the programme hearing aids will be handed out to more than 100 students with hearing impairment.

This is the second programme in the field of inclusive education organized by UNESCO, the Higher Council for Affairs of Persons with Disabilities (HCD) and the Ministry of Education in 2011.

Throughout October and November, another programme trained supervisors of the Ministry of Education on how to train awareness raising techniques on the rights of persons with disabilities.

This programme reached more than 80 supervisors from every department of the Ministry of Education, in the central, northern and southern regions of the Kingdom. Trainings were successfully implemented in Aqaba, Irbid and Amman.

Anna Paolini, UNESCO Representative in Jordan has ensured UNESCO’s continuing support adding that “UNESCO will continue to focus on education for children with different abilities, by developing opportunities and more inclusive education programmes”.

The inclusive education programmes implemented by the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities with the support of the UNESCO Office in Amman are a direct translation of Jordan’s commitment to promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, as a signatory of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) since 2007.

As the leading organisation working with disability affairs in the Kingdom, and under the leadership of His Royal Highness Prince Raad bin Zeid, the HCD is mandated to follow-up on and monitor Jordan’s implementation of the UNCRPD, at the policy level, serving as a coordinating and advocacy body for all concerned entities, and working towards the full inclusion of Jordanians with disabilities into society.

UNESCO is a longstanding partner of the HCD, providing continuous support to improve inclusive education and the challenges persons with different abilities face in Jordan.

The term disability covers a wide range of different physical, sensory, intellectual or psycho-social impairments which may or may not affect a person’s ability to carry out their day to day activities or functional tasks.

Persons with disabilities in Jordan are approximately 4-5% of the general population, equaling about 300,000 people. On the global level, one-tenth of the world’s population, or 650 million people live with a disability.

Nevertheless, persons with disabilities, all over the world, still suffer from stigmatization, discrimination and unequal access to social and economic spaces, rendering collaborative efforts and awareness raising campaigns vital in tackling prejudices and inequalities.

Background information:   About the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities: Presided by His Royal Highness Prince Raad bin Zeid, HCD is the national policy think-tank, co-ordination and advocacy body for disability affairs in Jordan.

It was established in 2007 in accordance with Law number 31 for the year 2007 on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The National Strategy for Persons with Disabilities (NSPD) is HCD’s policy and binding framework of action.

For more on the NSPD and the Council’s work in general, please visit: www.hcd.gov.jo

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