The Department of Special Education of University of Education, in Winneba devotes the second semester of the final year (level 400) students of the CBR Unit to undertake internship training with recognized disability or non-disability-oriented institutions as requirement to graduate. The SWEB Foundation solicited partnership with the CBR Unit of UEW, to commence a novel internship programme beginning with 22 level 400 students in the 2017/2018 academic year. The students were posted to SWEB for attachment to eight selected partner organizations (POs) and the SWEB secretariat. The period spanned Mid-February to mid-May 2018. The students, who were in groups, were assigned three main tasks: to conduct a disability-related context analysis of the districts; to develop an intervention strategy for a CBR programme in a community in the districts with the PO; and to initiate an action for the take-off of one viable income generating project with the Parent Support Groups (PSG) in a selected community.
In evaluating the partnership programme of the interns, the two organization met on 23rd August,2018 at UEW and discussed the way forward of the programme. SWEB was represented by Mr. David N. Botwey (Executive Director), Benjamin E. Abaidoo (Acting Programme Director) and Bernard Hubert (Researcher) whiles the Special Education Department was also represented by Dr. Daniel Dogbey (Head of Department), Mr. Emmanuel K. Acheampong (Coordinator, Community-Based Rehabilitation and Disability Studies), Dr. Anthony Mensah and Miss Patricia Mensah (Administrative Secretary).
Mr. David N. Botwey thanked the department for the partnership and expressed the remarkable result of the students who were assigned to SWEB and its partners. He also outlined the state of the current CBR and the transformation of CBR into Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID). The Head of Department of the University also expressed the same feeling to SWEB. The two institutions commended the initiative and seeks it continuation. Both institutions agreed on the following outcomes of the meeting.
- Developing programme as a joint project where we solicit funds to improve on it.
- SWEB participates in the university mentorship programme.
- Proposed rebranding the CBR programme into disability and Development Student.
In conclusion, both parties were happy with the outcome of the meeting and pledged their commitment to improve the partnership to promote community-based inclusive development