One of our main aims as a charity is to promote and develop better practices of care for children and young people with disabilities, who are often marginalised within Belarusian society and live extremely limited lives.
School No.5 is a special school in Gomel which we have supported over many years in numerous ways. When the Belarusian Education department expressed an interest in trying to integrate more physically disabled children into school, we decided that School No. 5 would be the best place to start as it was already doing a fantastic job of teaching children with learning disabilities.
We have brought the director of the school and his deputy head teacher on educational exchange visits to the UK, have funded an additional special needs teacher for children with autism and complex needs and a trained psychologist for children from problem families. We also provided a minibus and driver to bring the children to and from school and continued to do this until 2015 when we gave a minibus to the school.
In recent years, with funding from Godel Technologies we have been able to fully equip an I.T. room with 8 new computers, all of which are connected to the internet.
Find out more about the integration of children with special needs into schools here: School No 5