Our mission

We support initiatives and engagement of the local population with a focus on development activities in the following specific areas:

  • • Literacy and integration of the deaf (in the context of promoting ‘Education for All’):
  • • Promoting the use of knowledge and development of ERC as Sociocultural Centres:
  • • Complementary basic education to articulate it to local conditions and requirements:
  • • Occasional activities such as inter-active expositions to promote environmental issues.
  • Dans le cadre de ces programmes nous mettons en place plusieurs projets.

    Our programmes

    1. Literacy for and integration of deaf children and youth.

    This remains since 20 years the most important of the programmes realised by the Kemper Foundation with about 70% of its resources. The program promotes the creation of ‘Foyers for deaf’ (classes for deaf) by local associations of parents and friends. They identify a local volunteer who is being trained by the programme to become teacher and ‘monitor of deaf’. The programme using communication by sign language, developed with deaf adults in Senegal an original curriculum around 8 themes going from the pupils home towards life in society. In 2016, there were 25 Foyers for deaf and more then 250 deaf children were already made literate. Around 200 children continued their courses while more are being enrolled. In a project launched in consultation with the Ministry of Education, the Kemper Foundation hopes to expand the number of ‘Foyers for deaf’ in neighbourhoods and villages to 80 spread over the country and to provide nationwide for an enrolment capacity of 1000.

    The "Kemper Foundation" finances the development of curricula using sign language, the production and distribution of teaching materials, the training of ‘monitors for deaf’and inspection of the courses. It further provides a number of ‘scolarships’ to enable parents and friends to engage their ‘monitor’ and occasionally helps the local association to build their own foyer.

    2. Promoting the use of knowledge and development of ERC as Sociocultural Centres.

    Very important investments are being made to provide access to ‘Education for All’. Too often however, school levers don’t find locally the minimum conditions to exploit acquired knowledge and this results either in their departure or in the simple loss of a potential built up with great effort and cost. It is not only education at school that matters, but also post education services that are required and local cultural development. From this perspective the Kemper Foundation promotes multi-functional modern local libraries. Between 1990 and 1997 a number of "Ëductional Ressources Centres (ERC)" were built in Senegal under the intiative of Jan de Bosch Kemper and UNESCO Co-Action program. These ERC managed by UNESCO Clubs still exist. The Kemper Foundation assist a selection of ERC to develop into local Sociocultural Cenres.

    3. Complementary basic education in order to better articulate it to local conditions.

    Most basic education is provided following normalised curricula (programmes and methods). In recent years governments are encouraging the development of a locally relevant content. Complementary workshops and seminars may be organised with specific education to adults already engaged in ‘the world of work’. Education is a ‘life-long’ process. The ‘Kemper Foundation’ finances a limited number of activities under this programme, where such is of particular importance to ‘get across’ and promote economical, social and cultural development.

    4. Activities such as inter-active expositions to promote environmental issues.

    Education and cultural development is a ‘melting pot’ of all information and knowledge that is being offered to the individual and society: formally, non-formal and in-formal. In this process communication is very important. The one has to know what the other is doing, when and why. And in all what we do, the development of a durable environment stands central. The ‘Kemper Foundation’ provides support to particular action such as inter-active dialogue and expositions to promote environmental issues.

    Those willing to contribute to one of the above programme areas are invited to inform us (see ‘contact us’)

    membres of an UNESCO club in front of a CRE.

    young people in a CRE

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