- The LMS can be used in any school or learning center, inclusive or not, in Tanzania. Njombe School for the Deaf was a pilot to also enable us to conduct a Baseline survey for needs assessment and collect feedback on how best the platform can be used by students and teachers for the students. - It is important that the LMS bridges the divide between students who can hear and students who cannot or have difficulty in hearing. In situations where it is an inclusive school like Moshi Technical School in Moshi it encourages collaboration because the teachers are able to create small groups of students who can use the computers as a team. We believe the LMS should be a tool that can bring them together and build soft skills for both students, those who can hear and those who cannot, through collaboration, team work and empathy. - From research, it is clear that inclusive schools are the best option going forward, we met mama Catherine at Njombe School for the Deaf who had just admitted her daughter at the school and she thought it was the right school because she will not face stigma and can learn comfortably with her peers. She understood the challenges especially psycho-emotional needs but she was so concerned with her daughter passing the national exams than what happens when back into the community. This goes on to emphasise how important it is to educate the society and families on the needs of people who are hard of hearing or cannot hear. We will be working with the Open University of Tanzania who have a Special Education unit with a focus on I.T in best mechanisms for empowering the teachers and families. They have done significant research in the area.
Dear Mussa, thank you. Yes, we work closely with teachers in designing our platforms and creating content. From what we have seen, once teachers know how technology can help them improve how they teach and what they teach, it becomes a great tool for them. Practise makes perfect!
Thank you for this great feedback, we have just inquired about the Tanzanian Sign Language from the Open University of Tanzania and University of Dar es salaam for integration into the e-LMS and they are very positive about it. We will keep you posted once we receive the copyrights. Njombe was one of the pilot schools but the program is suitable for any school or learning center in Tanzania. All the content we have created in the e-LMS is approved by the Tanzania Institute of Education and we have been conducting several studies into how the learning content is improving students' learning outcomes such as test scores and examinations performances and testimonies have gone to prove that access and learning from the platform leads to better learning outcomes. Therefore, they will be able to progress to higher learning and provision of life skills can prepare them for the world. We are incorporating the rest of our responses in the actual proposal and thank you for food for thought on how to educate family and community on the needs of people who are deaf. We are working on that.