Tuesday, July 4, 2017

FCEI Africa 2017


On behalf of Anwesha Kolkata, Ms. Snigdha Sarkar and Ms. Ankita Dewanji participated in the conference - Family Centred Early Intervention (FCEI) in Johannesburg, South Africa on 28-30 June, 2017. “Creative strategies, programmes and innovations, facilitating the practical implementation and practice of Family Centred Early Intervention, in the Developing World” was the theme for FCEI: Africa & Developing World Contexts conference.

On 28th June, the pre conference day, six workshops were organised on different issues including safeguarding and safety of children who are deaf and hard of hearing, Role of Deaf and hard of Hearing Adults in FCEI, Importance of Early Literacy through innovative assessment, International Best Practice etc.

The next day, on the first day of the Conference, Ms. Sarkar delivered a speech on “The Power of parent Leadership – A Tale from India”. It was extraordinarily provocative and engaged audience members from all corners and instantly got appreciation from the country representatives. The conference was opened by the President Gallaudet University who shared her knowledge and insights with the audience particularly emphasising on language development in little deaf children saying, “Language is food for the brain”.

The conference ended on 30th June 2017. Many interesting issues were discussed in the sessions that focused on ideas, practices, and methodologies along with active ways to make a difference in the life of deaf & hard of hearing children. It was a joyous learning experience for the members of Anwesha Kolkata.