Goal

Providing comprehensive educational services for Deaf and Blind children.

 

Mission

To provide a professionally managed service, using quality trained manpower, appropriate technology and methods to facilitate and enable those lives placed in our care to successfully progress from handicapped dependents to self managing contributors in society.

 

Vision

To maintain the position as the pioneering institution in the country, transforming the lives if the visual and auditory impaired children from being dependant individuals to responsible citizen.

Nuffield School for the Deaf and Blind was established in Kaithadi area of Jaffna District in 1956 with 18 handicapped students and 04 members of staff. The first dormitory block was constructed in 1961 and students increased to approximately sixty (60) with many students residing within. It grew bigger with more students and building. The establishment of Nuffield School served a great dent in the education system at that time which did not acknowledged the   educational needs of the vision and hearing impaired children of the North. The School grew in numbers in terms of students and buildings. More class rooms and dormitories were added on as time went by tutorial staff recruited for the school and matrons for the hostels. Nuffield started her own poultry and cattle farm in the mid- seventies which was a benefit for the students where their daily requirements of milk and eggs was concerned. The school experienced continuous growth until the war broke out.

The ethnic conflict for three decades in Sri Lanka has disastrous impact on the whole population of Jaffna, Peninsula and the functioning of the school. Kaithadi area including the Nuffield School was very badly affected. Most of the school buildings were badly damaged and continuing the school in this location became impossible. The school was temporarily shifted to St. John’s Academy, Jaffna and these impaired students were displaced from Kaithadi to various areas. Soon after the signing of a memorandum  of understanding (MOU) in 2002, some of the buildings were repaired with the financial assistance of an International NGO (Swedish Development Corporation) and this school was again shifted back to Kaithadi in 2004 and its activities commenced and continued to the same level as prior to the war. 

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