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  • 1. WIZEARTRUST 2 0 1 2 R E P O R T S E A R C A M P R E P O R T S I N T H I S B O O K L E T L E O N A R D C H I S H I R E W O R K S H O P 2 4 - 2 5 F E B R U - A R Y 2 0 1 2 3 - 5 S T P A U L S M U S A M I 1 6 F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 2 6 - 9 U N I T E D M E T H O D I S T C H U R C H E A R C A M P 1 0 - 1 1 C H E M H O N D O R O P R I M A R Y S C H O O L E A R C A M P 2 0 J U L Y 2 0 1 2 1 2 - 1 4 C O M B I N E D R E P O R T : M U S A M I M I S S I O N 1 2 O C T O - B E R 2 0 1 2 L E O N A R D C H E S H I R E E N T C L I N I C 1 9 O C T O B E R 2 0 1 2 1 5 - 1 9 T I L L T H E W O R L D H E A R S

2. WIZEARTRUST 2 0 1 2 R E P O R T S E A R C A M P R E P O R T S It gives me pleasure to write this, the first Chairmans Statement, on reports concerning WIZEAR activities for 2012. Since its launch in 2008, WIZEAR did not underestimate the arduous task it was embarking on. Faced with a host of problems in our country Zim- babwe and restrained financial resources at the dis- posal of Wizear, the road was not going to be easy. However driven with our common passion to do some- thing to improve the plight of the people with hearing impairment and deafness in our country and beyond, launch we did and with it opened up an exciting jour- ney culminating to date in the many activities covered in these WIZEAR Trust Ear Camp Reports. The journey has only begun for us, the enthusiasm in our team is palpable and the tasks ahead are almost insurmount- able. Remaining true to our operating model where WIZEAR is a fountain of knowledge which leaves poor margin- alised communities with world class hearing health- care institutions and service providers. We at WIZEAR believe we will leave an indelible mark on Hearing Impairment and deafness programs. The Ear Camp reports of 2012 make an interesting and enriching read. Enjoy. Sincerely, Dr. Clemence Chidziva MBChB (UZ), FC ORL (SA) Founder and Chairman- The WIZEAR Trust C H A I R M A N S S T A T E M E N T TILL THE WORLD HEARS 3. L E O N A R D C H E S H I R E W E S T W O O D H A R A R E Z I M B A B W E : H E A R I N G I N P A I R M E N T W O R K S H O P : 2 4 - 2 5 F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 2 Page 3E A R C A M P R E P O R T S The workshop for teachers of students with hearing impairment was held on 24 - 25 February 2012 at Leonard Cheshire West- wood in Kambuzuma, Harare. The workshop was financed by WIZEAR TRUST, Leonard Cheshire, Save the Children Zim- babwe and the Ministry of Education, Arts, Sports and Culture. DAILY PROCEEDINGS The workshop was officially opened by the director, division of special needs education Mrs Maisiri. She emphasized on the four functions of the division which are to advise all special programs in the schools, procure and provide materials for special needs education, monitoring standards and provision of the necessary human resources in schools. After Mrs Maisiris opening remarks, Dr Chidziva gave a lecture on anatomy and diseases of the ear. A detailed lecture was presented using power point. The second lecture was on types of hearing loss and identification of pupils with hear- ing impairment. This was a paper which was prepared by Tinashe Nhokwara an audiologist with the University of Cape Town now pursuing her Masters degree in audiology with the same university. After these lectures, the rest of the day was devoted to practical lessons which involved using the audiometer and otoscope in ear examining and screening. There were three groups of pupils from Chitungwiza, Wedza and Mhangura which had the privilege of being examined. On the second day the main activities covered were, a lecture on classroom management which was presented by Ms Mimi from Emerald hill, demonstration on the use of audiometer, completing the questionnaire and presentation of audiometer to districts. The focus on classroom management was on the classroom physical environment, pupil to pupil interactions, teacher to pupil interaction, parental guidance and types of records. A number of tips were given to teachers for them to observe when teaching pupils with hearing impairment. After the classroom management lecture, practical lessons continued and participants were divided into two groups to practice on using the audiometer. After the exercise there was a question and answer session. This was followed by the completion of an evaluation questionnaire by the participants TILL THE WORLD HEARS 4. Page 4 ANALYSIS OF THE EVALUTION QUESTIONNAIRE Twenty two participants completed the questionnaire, eleven males and eleven females. Their academic qualifications ranged from O level to a degree. Pro- fessional qualifications ranged from a diploma in spe- cial education to a degree in special needs education, only one had a masters degree. They were 21 qualified teachers and one psychologist. All provinces were represented although the majority came from Matabele- land. Invitation to the workshop was at short notice, the majority being invited one week before the workshop. On the venue the majority indicated that it was very suitable although the room was too small. The meals were very good while accommodation facilities were considered good. Almost all participants indicated that the content of the workshop was very relevant and ap- propriate to their work. They liked most the hands on approach. They also commented that the content had adequate detail to enable them handle children with hearing impairment with confidence in their various schools. The idea of Booths in districts was highly appreciated. However, they indicated that there was need for booths in every district. The topics/ content identified by the participants to be in a training manual included all the content covered during the work- shop plus the following: Sign language Signs and symptoms of hearing impairment Teaching methods of pupils with hearing impairment Language development Role of the teacher in interacting with parents of pupils with hearing impairment Detailed treatment of classroom management Community awareness TILL THE WORLD HEARS L E O N A R D C H E S H I R E W E S T W O O D H A R A R E Z I M B A B W E : H E A R I N G I N P A I R M E N T W O R K S H O P : 2 4 - 2 5 F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 2 E A R C A M P R E P O R T S 5. Page 5E A R C A M P R E P O R T S RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Need for more time for hearing impairment candidates in national examinations. 2. Teachers of special needs education should mark scripts of special needs candidates. 3. When ranking schools in examination results, special schools should be ranked separately from the main stream schools. 4. All ECD pupils and Grade one pupils should have a hearing screening test. 5. There is need to continue in service teachers of special classes in the light of new de- velopments. CLOSURE Three things happened during this time, which were, presentation of certificates, presentation of audiometers to the four districts and closing remarks by the director Mrs Maisiri. The representative of Save the Children Zim- babwe Mr. Masawi gave a brief history of the organization and he emphasized the four main focus areas of the organization which are: Education ( ECD and basic educa- tion / primary education ) Childrens rights HIV and AIDS Humanitarian He then presented the audiometers to the four districts. After the presentation of audiometers there was the presentation of certificates by the WIZEAR repre- sentative. Participants did not go with their certificates since they had not yet been signed by the perma- nent secretary. Lastly the director gave closing remarks. She asked the participants to go back to their stations and complete the T & S forms and then send them back to her office for processing. When ranking schools in examination results, special schools should be ranked separately from main stream schools. L E O N A R D C H E S H I R E W E S T W O O D H A R A R E Z I M B A B W E : H E A R I N G I N P A I R M E N T W O R K S H O P : 2 4 - 2 5 F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 2 TILL THE WORLD HEARS 6. Musami Mission was an ideal place because it has a Hearing Impairment unit, Hospital, Primary school and a Church. Page 6E A R C A M P R E P O R T S INTRODUCTION The second WizEar training workshop this year, for teachers of students with special needs was held on 16 / 03 / 12 at St. Pauls Musami Primary School. The workshop was organized and sponsored by the WizEar Trust. The workshop was attended by 5 WizEar staff, 3 officers from Murewa District Education Office, 5 health personnel from St. Pauls Musami Mission hos- pital and 23 teachers from Murewa district. Three of the teachers were from Musami Primary School and the other 20 were representatives from the 20 clusters in Murewa District. A cluster is a group of 6 to 7 schools geographically located within a radius of about 10 to 12km. The report will focus on proceedings of the day and workshop evaluation. PROCEEDINGS The workshop was opened with a prayer by Mrs. Pam- bireyi, a teacher of hearing impaired students at St. Pauls Musami Primary School. After the prayer, Mr. James gave welcome remarks and later introduced Musami staff and thereafter there were self introductions by the rest of the participants. The District Education Officer ( DEO ) of Murewa District Mr. Sylvester Makunzva gave an opening address in which he outlined the activities of WizEar in Murewa District and at St. Pauls Musami in particular. After the address, the hearing impaired pupils sang a song to the participants. Next to present was Dr. C. Chidziva who talked briefly on the WizEar concept. This was a review of where WizEar started, where it is now and where it wants to be. WizEar started in 2005 as a facilitating organization or as a knowledge base where information about Ear, Nose and Throat ( ENT ) was obtained. Musami Mission was an ideal place because it has a Hearing Impairment Unit, hospital, primary school and a church. Between 2005 and end of 2008 WizEar was inactive, it then became active beg