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Improving the level of professional practical skills among youth with intellectual disabilities

In 2015, a school for special needs children in Molotkovichy, Belarus, had 157 pupils (89 boys, 68 girls) with various degrees of intellectual disabilities, from across the Brest Region, who lived and studied there. Most of them were children from dysfunctional families of a low financial status. All pupils had been diagnosed with various degrees of intellectual disabilities, typically from mild to moderate. The mission of the Molotkovichy facility is to develop social and vocational skills of its students.

The school struggles with, among others, a lack of proper infrastructure, including furniture. Its needs in this respect are tremendous—the furniture in the dormitories has not been replaced since 1962.

The project follows up on activities pursued in 2014 as part of the project “Social inclusion of young people with intellectual disabilities - Mołotkowicze” (MG2014/0641/AMB), which upgraded the existing specialist workshops and set up new ones (among others, pottery, carpentry, and tailoring). The project’s objective was to equip the students with specialist professional skills, thereby allowing them to live self-reliant lives after leaving school.

Improving the level of professional practical skills among youth with intellectual disabilities

The project will be run from August until December 2015. The project will allow the students of carpentry to upgrade their professional skills through workshop classes carried out at school. The project will also address the school’s infrastructural shortcomings by delivering furniture made by the students.

The project’s key component involves the promotion of Polish furniture companies operating on the Belarusian market. The project will purchase furniture production materials from Kronopol and the professional internship for four pupils and four teachers at a manufacturing facility in Brest owned by Poland’s Black Red White.

The pupils will be compensated for their work (by the Belarusian Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare), which is essential inasmuch as most of them are orphans and cannot expect any other support. Their own income also has an educational and therapeutic value: students feel needed and see that they can earn their living with their own hands. Their earned wages will also allow them to learn how to manage their own finances, which is essential in their later independent lives.

Improving the level of professional practical skills among youth with intellectual disabilities

The project was run from August until December 2015. A number of the school’s students took part in vocational training in Brest, organised by Black Red White, a furniture manufacturer. The participants were inducted into the furniture manufacturing cycle and acquired knowledge that allowed them to make furniture in the school environment. The project’s basic objective was fully met, i.e. the purchase of furniture production materials from Polish manufacturers (fibreboard, furniture accessories, etc.). Furniture started to be manufactured as part of carpentry workshops at school, thanks to which the first part of the school’s antiquated furnishings were replaced. Intensive work is under way to upgrade the school’s remaining equipment. In line with project guidelines, students are compensated for their work as part of carpentry workshops.