Promising Children a Future
Надежда Никифоровна Рогожина
, проректор по международным программам, зав. кафедрой лингвистики и межъязыковой коммуникации Самарского муниципального университета Наяновой, кандидат педагогических наук, доцент.
Директор негосударственного учреждения дополнительного образования “World Class-Samara”.
My column this time is inspired by one of the TV programmes which I saw when I was in England. I was impressed by the personality of Sarah Settleton who, having lost her daughter suffering from cerebral palsy1, started up The Promise foundation in Russia in memory of her daughter Ellie. The Promise focuses on training and supporting a team of Portage workers in two orphanages2 in the Ryazan region of Russia and another team that works with families with disabled3 children in their own homes in Ryazan city.
Portage is a system of one to one4 early childhood education used successfully with disabled children in many parts of the world.
The success of this model of early intervention in Ryazan has been breathtaking.
The Promise’s primary function is to act as a catalyst for change, by setting standards in good practice, raising awareness of the rights and needs of disabled children and creating sustainable5 models of development.
In just five years this remarkable woman has turned the lives around for dozens of Russia’s lost and forgotten children, giving them the opportunity to live their lives as fully as possible.
The Promise desperately6 relies on donations and dreams one day of being able to reach and help many more children with bleak7 futures.
You can help by visiting www.thepromise.org.uk/index.htm
1 cerebral palsy – корковый паралич
2 orphanage – сиротский приют
3 disabled – неполноценный
4 one to one – индивидуальное занятие
5 sustainable – устойчивый
6 desperately – очень сильно
7 bleak – безрадостный
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