What is KADECT?
KADECT was founded in 2001 with the mission to set up and run schools for deaf children in under privileged areas. The first school was set up in 2004 in the village of Charhoi, in the south-eastern part of Pakistani Kashmir. After the success of the first school Kashmir, in 2012 KADECT opened their first deaf school in The Gambia, in a town called Basse, in the remote eastern part of the country. And in 2015 another unit for deaf children was opened in a school in the region of Essau. After seeing the great impact these units were having on the deaf children, the units at both schools were enlarged to accommodate even more deaf children to come to school.
KADECT’s model is to provide the means to build and create a deaf school, and for the first three years they will pay for the training and the salary of the teachers, as well as the resources in the school. This can include the teaching tools, uniforms, food and any other resources needed. Then after these initial three years, the local government takes on the role of paying the salaries and upkeep of the school to insure sustainability. KADECT maintains very close with the schools and continues to provide the resources and extra training for teachers.