The Importance Of Community Service In The Community

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Community service is defined as voluntary work intended to help people in a particular area (Oxford Dictionary, 2015). Community service is an important aspect of education. A person is able to relate with society by understanding the daily difficulties different communities experience. This is why it is important for an individual to volunteer for community service. In the United States International University- Africa, community service is a part of one’s degree requirement. This is to ensure that the students remain in touch with the society. The site that I am completing my community service is the Songa Mbele na Masomo Centre. This paper will examine the first impression at the Songa Mbele na Masomo Centre.

2.0 Background of the Centre
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The physical challenges range from amputations to deafness and blindness. In collaboration with the Special Education Professsionals (SEP) the team assists in the learning of the disabled children. Parents and guardians receive regular training workshops on living with children who have disabilities. There are two sections within the special education unit; the special day care unit with children with extreme disabilities and are unable to support themselves whilst the other centre is the special coaching unit with children with disabilities but are able to learn…show more content…
This was convenient for me because I leave close to the centre. At first I thought it was a centre with only a day care for children with special needs. I never thought that they also had other sections. There are two other sections which are special coaching unit and coaching unit. The difference is special coaching unit is for children with disability but are able to learn whilst coaching unit are normal children who have not received enough education at their level or who have never gone to school before.

Children in the centre are brought by their parents between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. and are picked up by 5 p.m. in the evening. The centre ensures the children are feed because at times some of the children would have slept hungry so the food from the centre is the only meal they may receive. The centre is not located in the deep slums so it is easy to access. It is located on a main road. The centre just opened a new unit in February, 2015 specifically for the special education unit. It is easy to access for the children and the parents, there is enough space for them to move around inside so that they do not get lost.

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