On 15th December 2016, the Khartoum office of UNESCO in cooperation with the federal Ministry of Education (MoE), Special Needs Education Department, organized the 2nd workshop for producing a Teacher Guide for the evaluation of deaf students in general education. The workshop took place in the main hall of the MoE.
The workshop was addressed by the Undersecretary of the MoE, Dr. Elsir Elsheikh, who underlined the importance of the UNESCO’s support to teaching of children with disabilities in Sudan, and praised the Khartoum office of UNESCO for supporting the MoE in general, and the Special Needs Education Department in particular. Dr. Awadia Elnigomi, the Head of the Department, emphasized her expectations from the workshop and further collaborative work in field of “Leaving no one behind”. Dr. Faiza Ahmed, the former Head of the Department, overviewed the various steps already passed so far, and explained what will be required during the workshop from its participants. Dr. Fareed Madani, the Head of the Evaluation and Examination Department in the MoE, expressed a great interest in working with the Teacher Guide under development. He overviewed practices that his Department uses to resolve deaf student’s problems during national exams, and underlined his happiness to see the formalization of these practices in the Teacher Guide. Dr. Aiman Badri, Education Specialist of the Khartoum office of UNESCO, stressed on the need to move forward with the Teacher Guide under development quickly – to alleviate the issues faced by deaf students when they are evaluated in schools, or for obtaining the national certificates.
The workshop participants were split into several groups to cover different stages of the educational ladder in basic education, and how these stages were reflected in the provided draft of the Teacher Guide. The workshop approved in general the structure and content of the book, and produced recommendations to improve it.
The final version of the Teacher Guide for the evaluation of deaf students in general education is planned to be completed by the development team in March 2017.