Bar Odar Special School
Sega Special school for the Mute & Deaf
The school was established in January of 2009 under the leadership of Madam Rosemary Achieng Umira. They had one Classroom assigned to them at the Sega Township Primary School. The Number of students in the special section at the time of establishment was 3. The population grew to 10 in 2010.
In 2013 the population of the students grew to 30 and the school was officially recognized by the ministry of education and registered as a special school. They still had one classroom in the main Sega Township Primary School that all 30 students used. They had all grade levels from kindergarten to middle school. All in one class with ages ranging from 7 years to 18 years.
In 2016 the Kenya Teachers Service Commission hired three more teachers from the special unity. Through support from a friend from Houston, Texas USA Cindy Weaver, the school acquired a piece of land and Safaricom Corporation Constructed two dormitory units that could house 60 boys and 60 girls.
The ministry of education also supported and constructed three classrooms for the special school. Lanterns for Light Foundation and partnership with Municipal Operations and Consulting, Inc. have been active and supporting the school from its establishment year.
Currently the population of the students at the school is 100. In 2017 was the first year they had 3 students take the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and were all able to join High Schools that cater for the Deaf and Mute. Municipal Operating Consulting and Lanterns For Light supported the students with material needs and school fees to join the high schools.
In 2018 they had 7 students take the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams and 5 students are going to join high schools and 2 will join vocational training schools. Lanterns for Light Foundation have been involved in the development of the school and its population.
For 2020 Lanterns for Light Foundation wants to raise $ 8,000.00 to help construct an additional classroom that will accommodate the next 20 students as the school reaches its capacity of 120 students who live in the dormitories.
The awareness and acceptance for the mute and deaf members of our society have greatly improved in the area since the establishment of this school. Please join us in dignifying humanity and letting all attain their God given potential.