The Dorothea Hauss Ross Foundation of New York has granted Manos Unidas a significant award supporting our Inclusive Education Project for 2016. This award is supporting five MU teachers working in regular education schools plus our activities to generate more awareness and knowledge within the education community in Cusco.
Three new pieces have been added to our inclusion project this year:
- 1. Partial inclusion within a local high school for four MU teens
- 2. A partial inclusion classroom MU has built on state school property for five first grade students
- 3. Partial withdrawal of MU teachers within the classrooms in order to delegate more responsibility to the classroom teacher (shared responsibility)
Other components of the grant are highly focused on community collaboration and building awareness.
- 1. Formal agreements with local universities to receive practicum students in elementary education for the inclusion program
- 2. Formal agreement with the Ministry of Education for recognition of our Inclusion Program
- 3. Formal training content on Best Strategies for Inclusive Education that will be taught in a 3 part course to all project participants and be presented to the Ministry of Education as formal curriculum
The Manos Unidas Inclusive Education Program was launched in 2013 with 3 students and partially supported by the Alma Children’s Education Foundation. We are proud to announce that 4 years later we have 25 students included into five regular education schools and the program is now fully funded.