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With HI’s support, Kanloukitibe is making progress at school

Inclusion Rights

Kanloukitibe, 10 years old, lives in Togo. She was born with hearing loss. For the past three years, HI has been ensuring she receives personalized educational assistance to help her keep up with her studies.

Young girl with shaved head wearing green and blue patchwork top and a necklace, standing in front of a chalkboard with faded writing

Kanloukitibe, 10 years old, lives in northern Togo. | © Y. Glebdjo / HI

Kanloukitibe is the eldest of three girls. She lives with her family in northern Togo, in a village surrounded by mountains. Thanks to the support she receives from HI, she is able to go to school with the other children.

Village life

Kanloukitibe was born with hearing loss. She has speech difficulties and can’t easily communicate with her peers. She uses sign language or gestures and mime.

Fortunately, her disability has never been a barrier to inclusion in her village and she has many friends of her own age to play with.

Kanloukitibe's father, Mounmè, is a farmer and her mother, Palawoube, is a domestic worker. Although both work, their income is very modest and they did not have the means to provide Kanloukitibe with the personalized support she needed to succeed in her studies.

Kanloukitibe attends class…

ASPHATA, an organization of people with disabilities in Tandjoaré, identified Kanloukitibe and referred her to HI more than three years ago. The young girl and her family have been supported ever since.

Kanloukitibe receives a school kit every year, with supplies and a uniform, as well as financial support to pay her school fees. For three years, she attended classes with a teacher trained by HI in sign language. HI also trained the teacher in inclusive education methodology so that he could make his classes more accessible to Kanloukitibe.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, Kanloukitibe received protection kits, including liquid soap, hydroalcoholic gel and masks. In a complicated context, this extra support was very welcome and meant she could continue going to school without the risk of infection.

… and receives home support

Thanks to HI, Kanloukitibe also receives support at home from an itinerant teacher, who comes to her house at least once a week to help her learn her lessons and do her homework. This support, although always important, has now become essential, seeing as Kanloukitibe's previous teacher has been transferred and his replacement has not yet been trained in inclusive education or sign language. With the personalized support provided by her itinerant teacher, Kanloukitibe is not falling behind in class and continues to progress.

HI has also trained Mounmè, Kanloukitibe's father, in sign language. He can now communicate more easily with his daughter and help her with her studies so that she can one day fulfil her dream of doing a professional training course and becoming an accomplished dressmaker.

HI's inclusive education project in Togo is supported by the French Development Agency (AFD).

Date published: 03/07/23


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