Project for e-Accessible Education

Start date:  February 15, 2010                     End date:  June 30, 2014     

Project budget:  $495,960   

Implementer:  Open the Windows 


Objectives

Foster the inclusion and active participation of students with disabilities in mainstream education through:

  • Enabling IT access for students with disabilities through use of assistive technology (such as big-button keyboards, trackballs, and joysticks, as well as accessible software);
  • Increasing teacher abilities to work with new technologies to assist these students; and
  • Involving relevant stakeholders in creating an environment where children with disabilities can gain a better education.

Components of Phase 2 (July 2012 – June 2014)

Resources:

  • Provide at least 20 primary education textbooks and/or workbooks in e-accessible format;
  • Produce a software application to facilitate the adoption of reading and writing skills by students with disabilities;
  • Develop a teacher manual on implementing inclusive computer-based projects.

Support to schools:

  • Provide 30 selected schools with consultancy support on using assistive information technology in their daily work with students with disabilities;
  • train special educators engaged in mainstream education to use assistive technology in instruction;
  • provide assistive peripheral devices for 30 students with disabilities from the project schools.

Policy:

  • Organize a study visit for representatives of national educational institutions (Ministry of Education and Science, Bureau for Development of Education, State Education Inspectorate) to an advanced EU country with regards to assistive technology use in education;
  • Prepare a comparative study on assistive technology use in Macedonia and the EU country visited;
  • Organize five regional informative workshops to facilitate information and best practices exchange for representatives of public institutions, schools, civic organizations, media and parents on the use of assistive technology in education.

Achievements/Impact of Phase 1 (February 2010 – June 2012)

  • Conducted the first-ever nation-wide survey of the needs of primary schools related to the use of ICT for instruction of  children with disabilities. 
  • Equipped twenty-one primary schools with sets of assistive peripheral computer equipment enabling children with disabilities to use computers and increase their confidence and achievement levels. 
  • Coordinated the localization of the G-Compris suite of over 100 education games for use in all Macedonian primary schools.
  • Trained over 400 teachers, school professionals, municipal and BDE representatives, and parents in inclusive teaching practises and the use of ICT to engage all students in the class.
  • Identified best practices through regional roundtables and shared with policy decisionmakers at a national conference in March 2012.

Contact Information

Contact at USAID:          Natasha Buleska, AOR – nbuleska@usaid.gov

Project Manager:   Vladimir Lazovski – vladimir.lazovski@openthewindows.org  

Information Officer:  Margarita Gulevska – margarita.gulevska@openthewindows.org

Website:      www.openthewindows.org

 

Last updated: February 21, 2013

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