Namiyango Community Learning Centre
Supported by the South Korea National Commission Bridge Programme
This Centre is located in Bangwe, Blantyre, Malawi, and has been providing learning opportunities primarily focusing on persons with disabilities since 2009. The centre is run by the Forum for the Development of Youth with Disabilities (FDYD) with the contribution of parents and community leaders and members.
In 2012, with technical and financial support from Korea National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU), FDYD was registered and incorporated under the Trustees Incorporation Act of the Laws of Malawi. In 2013, FDYD acquired a piece of land with financial support from KNCU where the centre is now established. In 2014, FDYD developed a concept paper on the community learning centre with the help of a Project Assistant of the Bridge Malawi Project from South Korea. FDYD used the concept paper to raise funding support from well-wishers to construct the centre's initial building.
Under the Bridge Programme, the centre has provided civic education to parents of children with disabilities and community members, and has also provided training courses to teachers in surrounding schools on inclusive teaching. The courses were delivered by experts from the Catholic University.
Currently, 195 learners are registered. Out of these, 23 students are enrolled in Tailoring classes, 135 students in Afterschool classes and 37 students in computer classes.
Bangwe township where the Centre is located has many people with disabilities. The demand for learning opportunities for persons with special education needs is quite high. The number of learners registering at the centre is increasing at a rapid rate.