by Dave Tabaniag
The Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation- Inclusive Education (LCDPF- IE) Programme will be conducting a series of consultative meetings with local stakeholders/ partners, including parents of children with disabilities (CWDs), local government officials, day care teachers, and barangay health workers.
The purpose of the 5th Community Support Group (CSG) Stakeholders’ Consortium is to reach out more children with disabilities (CWDs) and enrolling them out in schools together with non-disabled children, which is now pegged at more than 600 out of school children with disabilities enrolled in 30 public elementary schools.
Previously, the LCDPF-IE team has identified key program strategies in relation to increasing the enrolment rate in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City. These strategies include:
- Establishment of a precise data profile on out of school children with disabilities (registration, census, survey, and medical mission)
- Creation of small function-based units/committees that will implement program components at the local level (Committee on registration/survey, Committee for house visits and parent counseling/encouragement, Committee on Lobbying for a local policy to support the education of CWDs in every barangay)
- Formal and legal partnership with the local government unit (barangay)
- Maximizing the existing resources of the local health office, day care centers etc and other LGU offices
The 5th CSG Stakeholders’ Consortium would be held simultaneously at Metro Manila, Central Luzon and CALABARZON on December 6, 8 and 10, respectively.
The first one will be held at Brgy. Commonwealth, Quezon City, with expected 45 participants while the second one will be held at B-Mendoza St. in City of San Fernando, Pampanga, also with an expected 45 attendees. The same no. is expected to participate in the 5th Community Support Group (CSG)Stakeholders’ Consortium meeting in CALABARZON, but final venue is still being discussed.
The IE Team aims to mobilize the local government units and CSG members to reach, profile, and eventually enroll another 600 out of school children with disabilities in 30 schools by June 2011.