Kiribati School and Centre
for Children with Special Needs
(Previously: Kiribati School for the Disabled)

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To enable I-Kiribati children with Disabilities to reach their full potential. 

Mauri!  I would like to tell you about my school - the Kiribati School and Centre for Children with Special Needs.

My school is in The Republic of Kiribati (pronounced Kiribuss).  Kiribati is in the Pacific Ocean at number 7 on the map below.  We live on an island called Tarawa.

Map of Pacific

 My school is very important to my friends and I because its the only place we can go to learn in Kiribati.  I love to learn and be with my friends!

Let me introduce you to some of my other friends at school.

Some of my friends have visual impairments which means they are blind or have difficulty seeing.  Some of my friends are learning to use sign language because they can't hear anyone talking.  Other children in the school have Autism or an intellectual impairment which means that they have difficulty thinking and understanding, and they need help to learn how to play with other children and how to take care of their toys and themselves.  Many of my friends are unable to walk.  I have lots of friends at school and they are all very special and they all enjoy learning. 

 Our school used to be a Red Cross school and we had red and white uniforms.  But now our school is looked after by our very special parents here in Kiribati, AusAid in Australia and special supporters from Kiribati and other countries.   We have a lovely green and gold uniform.

This is one of our school buildings.  Our school has two buildings.  They used to be part of a hospital!  They don't look like a hospital now though.  They have been changed to look more like a school.  The Government gave the buildings to us because they knew we needed a school.

We still need a lot more help though. 

6 months ago we had 75 children attending our school.  Now we have 101!  Its wonderful that so many children are being helped, but it also means that we need more classroom space.  We have had to make one classroom bigger by building with packing cases on the verandah!  Another class meets in an area that used to house hens! New classrooms will cost a lot of money.  There is not much land available for us to use so we may have to build expensive two-storey classrooms.  We trust that our needs will be met.

 Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our very special school in the Republic of Kiribati.

                     Best wishes and Tia bo! (pronounced sarbo - goodbye until we meet again)