January 28, 2019
JICA Yokohama Center has implemented LEP2.0 Attachment Program for Special Education Personnel of Ministry of Education (2nd batch) from the 11th of November to the 8th of December in 2018.
In Malaysia, the transition support systems for persons with disabilities (PWDs) such as early detection and intervention as well as employment support have not yet well established. Due to this, many children with disabilities (CWDs) cannot fully enjoy opportunities for school enrollment as well as employment.
The second batch of the programme was conducted with the theme of "Establishing Transition Support Programme". This four-week programme consisted of lectures from experts in each topic as well as site visits to various organizations such as centre for therapeutic care and education, special needs education (SNE) schools, vocational training school for PWDs and Hello Work. Through these, programme participants have gained deeper understanding in the efforts made in Japan to support transition of CWDs from home to school as well as from school to workplace. With the knowledge gained in the programme, they are going to make actions to address the challenges in Malaysia.
[Scene 1:Hello Work Yokohama]
On the 26th November, participants visited Hello Work in order to learn its roles in supporting employment of PWDs, collaboration with SNE schools and the overall flow of employment support. This collaborative system has been developed through cross-sectional cooperation among education, employment and welfare. As there is no such a service in Malaysia, the participants had actively exchanged opinions with the managers.
[Scene 2:Poco a Poco]
On the 28th November, the participants visited Poco a Poco, a social welfare corporation, and gained further understanding on various topics including transition support, trainings for independent living and support for job retention. They closely observed the workers with disabilities who had been assembling car parts or wrapping sweets as a part of their job training.
[Scene 3:Chigasaki Special Needs School]
On the 29th November, the participants visited Chigasaki Special Needs School. The participants had an opportunity to know about enrollment support for children with intellectual/physical disabilities as well as its collaboration with welfare organizations, medical institutions and employment support organisations. Participants were very impressed to see the school allocating several trained teachers in one class to provide better support and adequate care to CWDs.
On the last day of the programme, the participants have presented their action plans that had been developed based on their learnings in this programme.
As they complete the training programme, a participant from the Ministry of Education commented, "In this programme, I have learned a lot about the transition support system in Japan. After returning to Malaysia, I would like to implement the action plan to realise the society in which CWDs can live independently just like ones without disabilities". "Through this programme, I have gained more concrete ideas about how we can promote transition support. In collaboration with other programme participants, I would like to implement our action plans in Malaysia" said a participant who is a teacher from SNE school.
It is hoped that this training programme will contribute to the development of transition support programme in Malaysia, which in turn promotes school enrollment and employment of CWDs.
Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The Sustainable Development Goals are a set of detailed action guidelines that were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015. The SDGs are outlined in an outcome document titled "Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". The agenda includes 169 specific targets grouped in 17 separate goals to be accomplished.
Of the 17 global goals set by the UN as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, this training course is expected to contribute to Goal 4 "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all."