Krousar Thmey, a Cambodian organization that has been providing education for children who are deaf, blind, or have low vision for more than 21 years, manages five schools that cater to children from kindergarten to high school. Besides comprehensive teaching in braille and Khmer sign language, the school offers complementary courses in English and computer skills, as well as traditional training in the arts— specifically in Khmer traditional dance for deaf children and Khmer traditional music for blind children. Krousar Thmey is the first organization that adapted education for children with disabilities in Cambodia and created all the necessary tools, such as braille and sign language.
The children at the schools also receive specialized care. Blind children are given courses in orientation and mobility, as well as regular ophthalmologic check-ups for low-vision children. Deaf children are kitted out according to their degree of deafness in close collaboration with speech therapy teams.
The children study on a full-time basis at Krousar Thmey's schools during the first years of primary education. Thereafter, with the support of the foundation, they go on to attend public schools with other children, thus facilitating their integration. In rural areas, Krousar Thmey has set up special classes integrated into the public schools. These classes allow deaf or blind children living far from special schools to access an appropriate education without having to leave their families; they also facilitate the acceptance of people with disabilities into their community.
Regarding long-term strategy, Krousar Thmey is actively working toward handing over its education program to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) by 2020. All the teaching staff are already registered as civil servants under the MoEYS, which recognizes Krousar Thmey as a reference when it comes to education for deaf and blind children.Krousar Thmey is the first organization that adapted education for children with disabilities in Cambodia and created all the necessary tools, such as braille and sign language.
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CEI approaches in actionDeliveryChains or Networks of schools/centersInclusive EducationEthics & Values/ReligionMath/numeracyLiteracyEnglish languageLocal language/Mother tongue languageCulture/indigenous knowledgeScience & engineeringArt & MusicSports
Model details1991Not-for-profitComprehensive curriculumEthics & Values/ReligionMath/numeracyLiteracyEnglish languageLocal language/Mother tongue languageCulture/indigenous knowledgeScience & engineeringArt & MusicSportsActiveScholarships60%40%
BeneficiariesIndividuals with disabilities
The organization has implemented a scholarship system for food and transportation fees.