The Hosetta Abdullah Memorial Special Needs School is the only school in Freetown which is specialised in the education of mentally disabled children. For the implementation of this project, the association initiated cooperation with the Department of Special Education IV – Education with Intellectual Disabilities of the University of Würzburg. The aim of this cooperation is the regular dispatch of advanced university students of special education to the Hosetta School in Freetown for an internship. The interns should support the teaching staff with the latest teaching methods and teaching materials in the field of special education.
In the first half of 2014, two students of the University of Würzburg spent three months at the school in Freetown. Both the school’s administration and the interns evaluated this internship very positively, as did the Department for Special Education of the University of Würzburg. Unfortunately, the Ebola outbreak prevented the planned continuation of the project during the second half of the year 2014.
ADDITION: GOOD NEWS! (12.06.2018)
This year we have finally restarted the program: Two students of the University of Würzburg from the Department of Special Education are in action on the spot: A knowledge-transfer with the teaching staff will enrich the whole Hosetta Abdullah Memorial Special Needs School and also the young specialists from Germany. Since two months, they keep on innovating internal structures and try to optimize the learning-process: They have successfully tested a new teaching-methodology (MGML) and organized the resumption of a sewing-class, which generates a little income for the whole school: Their self-made bags can be sold on the local markets.
The first reports show, that our work bears fruits and has already remarkable results.
We are proud of the great engagement of our trainees!