The Objectives of CEHIC are
1. Early Identification
To inform and educate all those concerned with bringing up children to identify hearing impairment at the earliest possible stage of a child’s life.
2. The Auditory- Verbal Method
To use this proven method of education which enables children to hear and speak with the help of hearing aids and other hearing devices.
3. Pre School Education
To insist that a pre-school education programme is essential to set the ‘deaf’ children on the path of becoming creative and full members of our society from the earliest age.
To integrate hearing impaired children into the mainstream educational system in Sri Lanka at the school-going age, and conduct extra daily classes in the afternoons in the key subjects of the national curriculum for the integrated children from Year One to Year Twelve (University Entrance).
5. Holistic Education
To provide a holistic education which includes training in information technology, music, dancing, arts and crafts, home science, sewing, woodwork, pottery, gymnastics, sports, and other activities.
6. Parental Involvement
To make Parental involvement in the child’s education a central pillar of the CEHIC programme, which ensures that one parent accompanies their child every day, sits in the classroom alongside the child and learns the techniques and processes which are then continued in the home. Thus the school becomes the home and the home becomes the school.
7. Teacher Training
To develop and provide an University level academic programme of training for Teachers of Hearing Impaired Children.
8. Research and Development
To conduct programmes of Research and Development which will improve the essential facilities and infrastructures for the hearing impaired in Sri Lanka.
9. Propagation of Teaching Methods
To propagate Sr. Greta’s Educational Methods through the PROGEM project, which creates and supplies information packs, complete progressive teaching programmes, distance learning materials, textbooks etc.
10. Primary School
To integrate hearing impaired children with normal hearing children in a Primary School setting which follows the state educational curriculum from Year One to Year Five.
11. Vocational Training
To start Vocational Training Programmes which will ensure that every hearing impaired child will have the opportunity of becoming a creative and productive member of society.
12. Community School
To create the new and unique educational institution of a Community School which is neither private nor state owned but whose affairs are handled by the parents of the children who form themselves into the Association of Hearing Impaired Children (AHIC) a registered charity, under the guidance and supervision of its legal arm – the Hearing Impaired Children’s Trust (HICT).
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