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Mr. Charles M.Omboto, a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education; specialising in Research and Evaluation was awarded a sponsorship by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the Ministry of Education to undertake a capacity building short course in the area of Special Needs Education (SNE). 

The one month course was held in Tokyo Japan from Mid-November –December 2016 under the topic of “Planning lessons for children with disabilities in the context of Special Needs Education (SNE)”. Currently, Mr. Omboto is a lecturer at Kenya Institute and Special Education (KISE) in the department of Psychosocially Different with expertise in Autism and Inclusive Education.

JICA as an agency works in most of the regions namely Africa, Asia, Middle East, Europe, Oceania and Latin America. The main mission of the agency is aimed at improving the fundamental systems needed by countries, as well as systems for effectively providing public services and quality education based on the needs of people, and at fostering the institutions and human resources needed to manage those systems appropriately. 

This is done through human resources development, capacity building, policy and institutional improvements, and provision of social and economic infrastructure, thereby pursuing sustained poverty reduction through equitable growth.  Mr. Omboto as a JICA learnt new knowledge and skills from Japan and is expected to better education practices more so in the area of special needs education. Two participants were selected from Kenya.

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