Development of psychological knowledge and skills of the disabled centre's employees in Muyinga, Burundi, pupils and their families
The project was implemented between 11 June and 31 December 2012 in Muyinga (Burundi), and counted with participation of one volunteer who stayed there from 1 July to 30 September 2012. The coordinator of the project was the Poland - East Africa Economic Foundation (PEAEF), and the local partner was the Centre of the Physically Disabled St. John Bosco Muyinga.
The project aimed at improving the quality of work of the caretakers from the Centre of the Physically Disabled in Muyinga, and also developing social and psychological skills of the pupils and their parents.
As part of the project, the volunteer conducted 15 hours of psychoeducational classes and 18 hours of practical workshops. The workshops were divided into four thematic modules: psychology of child’s development, methods of developmental movement, personal development, and other topics chosen by the staff.
The volunteer organised a support group for parents of disabled children, and coordinated a total of 7 meetings. As part of the research project about cognitive functioning of children with physical disabilities, the volunteer conducted 4 tests among 44 children. She also created a library of developmental psychology and rehabilitation of children with disabilities in French (12 items), and expanded it with children’s literature (16 items).
As part of the global education initiative, the volunteer organised African Meetings in three centres supporting children with disabilities in Skawina, Radziszów and Krakow (Lesser Poland Voivodeship). Children participated in art, cooking, reading and music therapy classes, that familiarised them with some African topics. In Krakow, a conference “One Africa, many experiences. Understand to help developing” was attended by approx. 60 people.