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BASR’s CBR Program Celebrates the Graduation of 15 New CBR Workers PDF Print E-mail

 

“Our goal of appointing these CBR workers to work in new catchment areas lies in supporting the government to implement more effective projects related to marginalized persons with disabilities”, stated Mr. Moussa Darwish, Chair of BASR’s Board, during the graduation ceremony, celebrating the completion of a thorough capacity building program that targeted 15 new CBR workers from Bethlehem and Hebron districts. This capacity building program aimed at expanding the CBR program team for promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities and meeting their emerging needs in local communities using advocacy and empowerment strategies.

The program was conducted by BASR’s multidisciplinary team and trainers. It encompassed a series of training workshops covering such topics as the concepts and models of disability, CBR principles and strategies, responsibilities of CBR worker, UNCRPD and national disability related regulations. In addition, the program comprised of daily observations by the participants of the work of different rehabilitation departments at BASR.

At the last phase of the program, the CBR workers selected several case studies and conducted field visits to the targeted areas, in order to learn about the mechanisms of early detection and intervention, the appropriate approaches of assessment, and the methods of inclusion at schools. “Before participating in the program, I was thinking that children with disabilities should be isolated and enrolled in special schools; but now after the intensive training, I realized the possibilities and benefits of integrating pupils with disabilities in public schools”, commented one of the participating CBR workers.

Following the completion of the program, the new CBR workers are to start working in around 7 new remote areas in Bethlehem and Hebron districts, whereby they will begin regularly following up people with disabilities and will initialize awareness raising activities in partnership with local authorities for educating marginalized families in local communities and will also try to coerce decision makers to implement the provisions of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.