The education of our residents is of utmost importance in our philosophy of care. Given the wide range of disabilities among our residents, there are unique needs for each child’s learning process.
Children and young adults who are part of our Dare to Care program for persons living with HIV/AIDS typically attend public schools outside of MSC. Whenever possible, we send Dare to Care children to outside schools to encourage their participation in everyday society. However, we remain mindful of the social impact of their HIV status. However, if a certain schooling environment poses a risk to their development and psychosocial progress, we look to alternatives to ensure that our residents receive the education that is vital to their success.
Our residents with disabilities attend specialized local schools when feasible. Some young residents in Jamaica who are more mentally and physically independent are taught in our Little Angels Learning Centres. At both of our homes in Nicaragua, we have a school and teacher on site to conduct classes for small groups of residents or on an individual basis. Read about the role of education in our Christ in the Garbage programs.