SIR runs the Education Programme on the basis of a Partnership Agreement with the Ministry of National Education, with more than 20 schools and universities throughout the country, aiming at ensuring that children with deafblindness and multisensory impairments access high quality education services.
The main accomplishments are:
- High quality education for over 500 children with deafblindnessin Romania.
- 21 special schools from 11 Romanian towns offer educational services for children with deafblindness and multisensory impairments.
- Over 250 special education teachers trained in deafblindness.
- A team of 10 national trainers in the field of deafblindness.
- Children learning from the Curriculum for the Education of Children with Multisensory Impairments
In 2009, the education project received the ERSTE Award for Social Integration and the Practitioners’ Award.
SIR continues to run activities for children with deafblindness from all 21 partner schools. Every year, hundreds of children, parents and teachers attend and organize various activities involving sports, theatre, arts and crafts, hikes and trips in June, for the International Helen Keller celebration and in December, for the International Day of People with Disabilities. There are currently over 350 children with deafblindness educated in classes equipped by SIR over the years, taught by teachers trained by SIR over the years.
Every year, children and young people attend orientation and mobility camps where they acquire knowledge and skills for independent living.