Immanuel Christian Integrated School, Kenya (K – 8)
A flagship school for us, our students here regularly achieve the highest results out of any deaf school in Kenya. Many of the students go on to study at high school level, or go into vocational training. We currently have a total of 86 Deaf students on campus, with 21 college and high school students also under our care. The dormitory allows students from remote areas to live at the school during term time.
In 2021, we began integrating hearing students into our school. Typically deaf children are integrated into hearing schools, but given the high standard of our school, we initiated a plan, in conjunction with the Kenyan government’s Policy of Integration, to integrate hearing students into our deaf school. To preserve the culture of the deaf school, we will accommodate a maximum of 150 hearing students to 126 Deaf students. All hearing students are day scholars and only share limited facilities like the playground and dining hall during the day.
We are at this time piloting full classroom integration in our grade 3 classes (only) to ascertain how effective a fully inclusive classroom environment can be. All our hearing students therefore, except grade 3, have separate classrooms, yet students of all grades – deaf and hearing – have daily sign language classes.
The Immanuel Christian Integrated School also receives short term mission teams who would like to experience a DMI school first hand and contribute to the work involved.
Ministry in Kenya
DMI has 26 churches for the Deaf in Kenya, ministering to over 2000 members each week.