Rubi Magar is passionate about teaching, she has spent the last year working in a resource class for children with intellectual disabilities in Belaka, Nepal. In her profession, she gets to adapt the teaching to the children's individual needs.
Rubi has previously worked as a teacher in a general primary school, where she taught the same things to the whole class. Now that she works in a resource class, it is necessary that the training is adapted to each individual. Everyone has different needs, interests and capacities that she has to take into account.
When Rubi saw that there was a vacancy as a teacher for children with intellectual disabilities, she was immediately interested. She saw it as an opportunity to learn new things and to be involved and contribute to those who need special support.
Rubi had to attend a 15-week intensive course in special education to prepare for the new job. The course was held by the Parent Federation of Persons with Intellectual Disability (PFPID), which is also the organization that developed the project with the resource class.
There are several challenges to teaching the resource class. Rubi explains that it can be particularly difficult when a child has multiple disabilities, for example both intellectual disability and movement disability. There are also children in the class who are mute, so Rubi has to find other ways to communicate and try to understand what the children need.
Despite the challenges, Rubi is glad she took the chance to work with children with disabilities. She knows that her work makes a difference not only to children's lives, but to entire families. Thanks to the children being able to go to school and be more independent, parents get time and space to work and provide for their family. The worry about the children's future is reduced and that means a lot.
-I get so much joy out of my work, it gives me a lot to teach these children, says Rubi.