We are very excited to announce MAMA’s eighth project partnership! MAMA, in partnership with the Tongan Red Cross Society, is going to help empower children with a disability through better access to appropriate education in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.
Today, MAMA’s CEO, Mark Fraser; General Manager, Paul Singer; and Director, Stephen Brady; announced the partnership in the presence of His Majesty King Tupou VI of Tonga, and MAMA’s Pacific Patron, Her Majesty Queen Nanasipau’u of Tonga.
The Ofa Tui Amanaki (Love Faith Hope – OTA) Centre is the main provider of education services for children with disabilities in Tonga. It has been operating since the 1970s and mainly provides education and care programs to students aged 3 – 18 and their families. However, it also provides assistance to people over 18, due to the limited vocational and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities in Tonga.
The project will provide more diverse education and socialisation opportunities to children and young people with a disability.
In particular, MAMA will fund the development and roll-out of a vocational program to build skills and income generating projects for over 18 year old students at the OTA Centre. The program will develop skills in sewing, handicrafts and computers to enable disabled students to become economically independent.
MAMA will also improve the diversity and quality of education experiences for students aged 3 – 18 years by improving existing infrastructure; funding new books and literacy materials; and introducing computer lessons for all students.
More details can be found on our project page.