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Development of the Education Centre for disabled children in Sidi Bibi

The Federation of Associations for the Disabled Chtouka Ait Baha operates a rehabilitation and education centre in Biougra, the capital of the Sous Massa region in Morocco. The Centre focuses on children from rural communes of Sidi Bibi, Inchaden, Belfaa, Ait Amira, Biougra and Essafa. It is necessary to expand the Centre because of the big number of applications. There is only one such centre in the entire province, hence some of its wards have to travel over 80 kilometres every day to participate in classes. The Centre also has no possibility to provide its older wards with vocational training. In practice, when they attain the age of 18, the disabled have no professional skills and are forced to stay home for the rest of their lives.

The primary beneficiaries of the project include 35 children who benefit from the educational, paramedic and social support as well as 35 people with minor physical and mental disabilities, who will benefit from vocational trainings and trainings preparing for social integration. The indirect beneficiaries include families, which will actively participate in the operation of the Centre and the rehabilitation of their children. In a broader sense, the beneficiaries include the local community, which is engaged in helping the Centre and combats the barriers of isolation and rejection that people with disabilities face in the society.

Development of the Education Centre for disabled children in Sidi Bibi

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 1 August to 30 December 2016, and the main implementer is the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Rabat, cooperating with the Federation of Associations for the Disabled Chtouka Ait Baha.

The objective of the project is to provide care, education and rehabilitation for the disabled children in the region. Thanks to the classes in the Centre, disabled children will be able to communicate with the environment more effectively. Rehabilitation sessions will help them develop both mentally and physically. Another aspect is to ensure that older children receive vocational trainings, which will enable them to function in a more independent and self-reliant manner during their adult lives. Thanks to the care of the Centre, parents who actively participate in rehabilitation and education gain necessary skills to care for their children on their own. Another important aspect is a change in convictions and social practices, which cause people with disabilities to be isolated.

The first stage of the project will include adaptation works in the rooms where the Centre will operate. The yard and the rooms were donated by the commune authorities. After renovation works are over, a reassessment of equipment needed in the physiotherapy room and the room for training in tailoring and embroidering will be conducted. Then, a supplier of the physiotherapy equipment and the machines for the tailoring room will be selected from among the submitted offers. After the equipment is delivered, it will be installed in the Centre, which will employ physiotherapy specialists and teachers of tailoring and embroidering. The project will finish with an official inauguration of the Centre and a board informing about the project donor will be mounted.

For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: EUR 1 = PLN 4.1749.

Development of the Education Centre for disabled children in Sidi Bibi

The project was implemented from 15 September to 31 December, 2016. The project included the expansion of the Centre: existing rooms were adapted for a physiotherapy room and a tailoring room. Tables and sewing machines were purchased for the tailoring room and the rehabilitation room was equipped with, among others, a specialist rehabilitation table, a set of stiffening straps or rehabilitations shoes for those suffering from polio.

Thanks to this, disabled teenagers will be able to gain vocational skills, which will allow them to enter the labour market, be more independent and feel integrated with the society. Rehabilitation and education activities will help the wards develop mentally and physically and children will be able to better communicate with the environment.

The beneficiaries are about 40 children provided with educational, paramedical and social support as well as about 40 young people who benefit from vocational trainings and trainings preparing for social integration. It is expected that the Centre will have more wards in the subsequent years of its operation.

The value of the project amounted to EUR 11,525 and was fully covered by the Polish Aid.