How we do

The project carries out the following activities:

Component 1: Demonstrating (Joint Family-Institution pre-school education for deaf children and essential knowledge base)

This component aims to create affordable ways of helping families with a deaf child, via a 5- person Family Support Team placed in each of the six existing child care centers countrywide. This joint family-institution approach is based on the experience and support developed in other projects on preschool education for deaf children, such as a Gallaudet University (United States) project in Thailand 2004-2008. Some 150 preschool deaf children and their families will participate in the program. The approach for deaf children aged 0-3 (approximately 30 children) focuses on screening of deafness and family support, and for those aged 3-6 (approximately 120 children) the focus is on preschool/kindergarten education support.

The program will also create an essential knowledge base to support training, monitoring of efficacy of educational approaches for young deaf children, demonstration of program mechanisms and outcomes, assessment tools for language development of the child, and use of research-based knowledge during decision-making processes about educational placement and communication for deaf children. This knowledge base will provide information on preschool deaf education from local and global sources within Vietnam.

Component 2: Developing professional human resources for pre-school deaf education

This component aims to provide training in teaching preschool deaf children via hands-on training with a joint family-institution approach, focusing on theory and methodologies in stimulating the cognitive and language development of young deaf children. Through various programs, a cohort of deaf education professionals will be trained to support the demonstration model.

Under the training programs, 25 signing deaf people will become sign language teachers to meet the needs of families with young deaf children; 25 hearing signing people will be trained in using sign language to facilitate communication between deaf and hearing people to become sign language interpreters; and 80 hearing teachers who are working with the deaf children in specialized schools or centers at the project sites will receive advanced training on skills needed for the quality of their work.

Component 3: Building capacity and partnerships for the deaf communities and raising awareness for general public

This component focuses on communication and partnership events between families, professionals and deaf communities, empowering deaf community organizations as knowledge resources in program development and implementation, and raising awareness amongst the general public on deaf issues.