Thirteen impaired children from seven schools in Santa Cruz, Temotu Province, have benefited from World Vision's Pikinini Rural Inclusive, Care and Education (PRICE) Project's arrangement for a medical checkup at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Through the engagement with the World Vision project, teachers from the schools helped identify children with different impairments, including those with hearing problems, sight, and clip palate.

The identification helped with the pre-medical assessment conducted at Lata Hospital, where 25 children altogether were transported to do that assessment.

The pre-assessment identified thirteen children to have needed further assessment and support; thus, in mid-May, they were assisted in doing their medical checkups at NRH. This is to properly examine them to identify the right equipment they can be supported with.

The activity aims to meet outcome 2 of the project, which is to support children with disability with equipment that can enable them to learn better in school.

Through this project, World Vision Solomon Islands sees the need to support the children with equipment specifically targeting their impairments to ensure inclusiveness in education.

Children with impairment are often left out or unable to enjoy their learning because of the impairment, which denies them to prosper in their education.

Meanwhile, during the examination at NRH, some of the children were identified as needing further medical attention, and the medical team will continue to support them.

World Vision Solomon Islands acknowledges the support of the Solomon Islands Education Sector Support Programme (ESSP)– a partnership between the Governments of Solomon Islands, Australia, and New Zealand that enables PRICE Project to support these children.

Source: Press Release, World Vision Solomon Islands