Sunshine Project connects local/UK special schools
November 6, 2012
Sunshine Project connects local/UK special schools

The three “special” schools in St Vincent and the Grenadines have been connected to a “special” school in the United Kingdom via the Sunshine Project.{{more}}

The Sunshine Project was conceptualised as an exchange visit during which professionals from the four special needs schools would share expertise in special educational needs and would engage the student populations in practical work.

The first phase of the project saw three headteachers from local “special” schools travelling to the United Kingdom for two weeks in June this year.

They were Naseem Smith from the School for Children with Special Needs Kingstown, Catherine Cuffy from the School for Children with Special Needs Georgetown and Camille Jacobs from the Sunshine Special Needs School in Bequia.

Sue Bourne, headteacher of the Avenue School in Reading, United Kingdom, hosted them.

Bourne and two of her staff members have now travelled to SVG for the return leg of the project.

They will implement a research-based project titled “Bodies Talk Too”, designed to unlock the creative potential of students with limited speech and language.

The Avenue School is known for its performing arts programmes and the trainers have taught aspects of dance and physical education while in SVG.

They will introduce a game called “New Age Kurling”, an indoor game to be played on any smooth, flat surface.

It is an adaptation of Curling, a game played on ice.

Training has taken place in at the Kingstown and Georgetown Special School and will continue at Bequia Sunshine School until Wednesday.