CBC Health Services trains Research Assistants to assess capacities of Inclusive Education Stakeholders in Northwest Region
The CBC Health Services has trained Research Assistants to conduct a baseline assessment of the current capacities of Inclusive Education stakeholders to deliver Inclusive Education in the Northwest Region.
For the past decades, several stakeholders have used different approaches to promote Inclusive Education in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. With many of the stakeholders working in isolation, there is a need to synergize the efforts to ensure collective action and improve the quality of education delivered to learners with disabilities. The strategy for ensuring collective action is through the Inclusive Education Community of Practice project that was launched on February 19, 2021. A key starting point of the Inclusive Education (IE) Community of Practice (CoP) project is the baseline assessment of the current state of stakeholders’ capacities to deliver quality education to learners with all types of impairments.
Preparations for the conduct of the baseline assessment include the hiring and training of Research Assistants to collect research data in the field. Hence, the six Research Assistants recruited received a 3-day training from May 25-27 2021 at the DHS Hall in Bamenda, to conduct the baseline survey in 32 stakeholder institutions comprising of Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, the University of Bamenda and some Rehabilitation Centers in the Mezam Division.
The Research Assistants were guided on how to plan and conduct research interviews as well as the ethical practices to consider during the conduct of research interviews. The comprehensive research tool that had been designed for the purpose of the baseline survey was also examined and tested in the field.
It is hoped that the results from the baseline assessment will inform and provide a foundation for a determining action and for measuring and evaluating progress and success of the work of the Community of Practice in the months ahead