Deaf Education Specialist - Primary School

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Deaf Education Specialist at the School for the Deaf Primary, Siteki in the Kingdom of Eswatini. The school for the Deaf was established in 1975 by the Dominican Sisters who were oralists. Oralism approach was mainly used whereby children were taught the Swati deaf language key. The school was established to cater for deaf children only. However children with the Ministry of Education’s mandate to introduce Inclusive Education in all primary schools in Eswatini the school had to comply and admit multi-disabled children. With inclusive education, the children are expected to write one national mainstream paper and it is not moderated for the disabled students. The school has discovered that there is a need for teaching reading at a lower stage to inculcate proper reading skills. The Swati Sign Language is not developed enough to deliver the curriculum. Therefore, there is a need of equipping the teachers with skills for teaching English to enable full development of the potential of the learning capacity of our learners.

A Deaf Education Specialist, with at least a degree in Deaf or inclusive education and 5 years’ experience in a Deaf education, is needed to focus on building local capacity of teachers and students at the School for the Deaf - to improve the English Literacy. The PCRV will review the current English literacy curriculum, perform a needs assessment on the gaps in learning/instruction, and design strategies to improve the curriculum. The Volunteers will also build teacher capacity to address the needs of learners with multiple disabilities, design IEPs, and include parents and family members in providing learning support. The goal of this assignment is to strengthen the school’s capacity to meet the needs of its Deaf students, as well as build the skills of the school’s teachers.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in eSwatini together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

School for the Deaf Primary

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education Studies or inclusive education
• 3- 5 years’ experience in a Deaf education setting OR at least 2 years’ experience in a developing country, preferably in southern Africa
• Must be able to assess, report and plan for individualized needs of Deaf learners
• Strong facilitation and training background
• Knowledge of Deaf culture and Sign Language
• Openness and willingness to learn Swazi Sign Language

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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