Activities within the USAID Project for e-Accessible Education

In April, the project selected 31 schools that will participate in its second phase. The selection was made with the support of the project's Working Group, which includes representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science and the Bureau for Development of Education.

At the end of April, at the Porta Hotel in Skopje, the project marked the start of the cooperation with 31 primary schools in the country with a kick-off event, which was also used to inform school representatives of the planned future steps.

In May and June, the project organized field visits to the selected schools. Teams led by special educators conducted interviews in order to obtain preliminary information on schools' needs concerning assistive technology and the existing practices that they implement in including students with special educational needs.

In the first half of June, the Porta Hotel hosted a two-day training in assistive technology use in primary education. A total of 35 members of the professional teams of 14 new partner schools, divided in two groups, completed the training and received certificates of attendance. As a follow up, the participants will disseminate the gained knowledge in their educational institutions before the beginning of the new school year.

In the upcoming period the project will work on providing:

- assistive computer peripherals for the schools;

- continuous consultancy support to the inclusive school teams on the use of the equipment;

- provision of e-accessible textbooks;

- preparation of teacher manuals, and

- development of software application to facilitate the adoption of reading and writing skills by students with special educational needs.

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