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CBM participates in ICED congress

01-11-2010
A large group of people - participants in the International Congress on the Education of the Deaf (ICED) in Vancouver, Canada, July 2010
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Participants in the International Congress on the Education of the Deaf (ICED) in Vancouver, Canada, July 2010

In July 2010, CBM partners participated in the International Congress on the Education of the Deaf (ICED) in Vancouver, Canada.

The congress presented a Statement of Principle, rejecting all resolutions passed at the ICED Milan Congress in 1880 and regretting their effects, and calling upon all nations of the world to remember history and ensure that educational programs accept and respect all languages and all forms of communication (see website and downloads on right side for details).

CBM partners present

Chris Tinworth - from CBM Canada - at the CBM booth, talking to a conference participant ©CBM
Chris Tinworth, from CBM Canada, at the CBM booth
CBM supported a group of partners from India, Thailand, Kenya, DR Congo, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Guatemala, Brazil and Jordan to attend the ICED.

All partners presented their work during the Congress.

In order to benefit as much as possible from the trip, a study tour and pre-congress workshops were organised for participants from developing countries. This was in collaboration with the Netherlands based organisation Kentalis and EENET, the enabling education network.

Study tour - visiting local schools and services

A group of participants visit a British Columbia school ©CBM
A group of congress participants visit a British Columbia school
During the study tour on Friday 16th July the participants got to know British Columbia Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing.

This included the visit of the BC Family Hearing Resource centre, where the centre’s family centred approach was outlined and could be observed in sessions with families and their children.

Another part of the tour was dedicated to the BC School for the deaf, where the school and outreach programme were presented. Of particular interest was the approach to inclusion of the school. The deaf school is located in a mainstream school, with many links between the two. Deaf students have the opportunity to participate in classes of hearing students (with the necessary support) and hearing students learn sign language. Parent activities are organised together for the parents of the deaf and hearing children.

Pre-congress workshops

Participants at the pre-conference workshop for CBM and Kentalis partners, 17th July ©CBM
Participants at the pre-conference workshop for CBM and Kentalis partners, 17th July
On Saturday 17th July, a pre-congress workshop for CBM and Kentalis partners took place, during which a debriefing and discussion session about the study tour was hold.

Other elements of the workshop were networking and sharing of resources, as well as a presentation skills workshop to prepare participants for their presentations during the upcoming ICED.

The Sunday pre-congress workshop on 18th July was open to any interested ICED participant and focussed on 'Strengths and challenges in developing countries: Providing quality teacher education.'

CBM at the congress

During the ICED congress itself, CBM partners presented at different occasions, during symposia and platform sessions, and CBM Canada represented CBM with a booth, providing information about CBM's work.


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