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Visually impaired students at Kipsigis Girls –Kericho

As mandated by the Act., KSB is the coordinating and implementing body of the Kenya Integrated Education Programme (KIEP) working in partnership with the Ministry of Education in Kenya (MOE) and Sight Saver International (SSI) through a tripartite agreement. The MOE is represented in the Board by an appointee of the Permanent secretary.

To support learning for the visually impaired, KSB works with government structure. The goal of KIEP is to increase the capacity of government education systems to identify and integrate learners with visual impairment in regular public schools.

KSB uses the integration approach to Education where learners with visual impairment learn alongside the sighted students. This enables the learners with Visual impairment exploit their full potential in class work and outdoor activities.

At the district level, activities are implemented through the District Education Assessment and Resource Centres and coordinated by a Visual Impairment Officers. Through KIEP, teachers are identified from the regular integrating schools and through collaboration with KISE, they are equipped with Braille and low vision skills to facilitate assessment, placement and support of learners with visual impairment in regular schools.

In the period 2012- 2016, KIEP focus is on “inclusive” and “integrated” education where students with special needs learning alongside students without special needs in regular schools and classes with appropriate supportive services.  Inclusion helps blind /low vision children go to schools within their own localities and interact with children within their own communities and adopt norms and values of their own communities.

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