On Thursday 21 st September 2021, the Gentlemen of St John’s, choral scholars from St John’s College Cambridge, performed a concert in...
Whilst our focus is on the deaf children and young people in Myanmar it is important to take a wider perspective. Myanmar is not alone in having very limited resources for deaf children. Of the 350 million deaf children worldwide, it is estimated that 80% of all children live in low and middle-income countries.
Whilst exact numbers are hard to come by it is also known that in many areas free schooling does not necessarily mean deaf children have access to education. Where parents have to pay for school uniforms, books and pens they also face the decision of which children to send to school. Deaf children are the most likely to be excluded, there is a pervading view that such children will gain little from education.
It is estimated that deaf children are three times more likely to be abused. Deaf children face challenges in trying to access any support from teachers, medical staff, or police services as communication skills will be basic and adults will be unable to communicate in home sign.
There may be local belief sets that work against the rights of deaf children. Education of both deaf children and wider society is needed if these children are to have any opportunity to meet their potential. In some areas, local innovation has made a huge difference but a vast amount remains to be done.
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We work primarily in partnership with two schools in Mandalay and Yangon to provide equipment, training, medical staff and volunteers.
More information about the very moving story behind this charity can be found here
Since its foundation in 2015 the Mandalay School for the Deaf has:
This video shows what life in a Myanmar village is like
Like most charities we rely on donations to provide financial support for our work. Training a doctor or a specialist Teacher of the Deaf can cost many thousands of pounds and we are so grateful to the many UK audiologists, doctors, teachers and other volunteers who provide their time free of charge to help support us.
The aim of Mandalay School for the Deaf is to raise the standard of education and health of deaf children throughout Myanmar.
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