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Many Edmund Rice people are involved in a network bringing various community-based services to persons with disabilities accross Papua New Guinea.

The Network of Callan Services for Persons with Disabilities is an initiative of the Congregation of Christian Brothers Oceania Province which was initiated by Br Graeme Leach in 1991. The name "Callan" is the name of the Irish town in which Edmund Rice was born and raised.


The goal of the Network is stated thus:
We, the Network of Callan Services for Persons with Disabilities, inspired by the life of Jesus and the work of Edmund Rice, express the liberating heart of God, so that persons with disabilities in Papua New Guinea participate and contribute meaningfully in an inclusive society.

The Network is made up of nineteen direct service agencies called Special Education Resource Centres, Callan Studies Institute and Callan Services National Unit.


The Special Education Resource Centres aim at

CNet2Implementing CBR with a focus on special education being delivered within an inclusive education framework. This includes ‘ awareness’ (public education, identification of children and adults with disabilities, immediate health service or referral for higher level health service, provision of assistive devices, enrolment in school for children (and adults if they wish) and appropriate local training of teachers in special education skills, support in socially included independent living/livelihood projects etc.

  • Advocating at Province and District levels of government for the needs of service delivery to PWD
  • Supporting the set-up and development of Province Advisory Committees on Disability, and Self-Help and Disabled Persons Organisations


Callan Studies National Institute (CSNI): CNET4

  • Training of in-service mainstream and special education resource centres in special education with the use of local and regional workshops, as well as diploma and degree level courses.
  • Contributing to monitoring and evaluation activities of special education services.
  • Contributing to the development of teaching aids and other resources for teachers of children with special needs
  • Advocating with the National Department of Education and other education institutions in relation to sustainability and expansion of special education in PNG

Callan Services for Persons with Disabilities National Unit (CSNU): CNET5

  • Leading partner and overall Project Co-ordinator
  • Capacity building of SERC leaders, members of boards of governors,
  • Training in community based rehabilitation (CBR) for staff members Special Education Resource Centres, other relevant health and education officers and community members   with the use of local and regional workshops through an approved certificate level course (accredited through CSNI)
  • Monitoring of the quality of services delivered within The Network and with associated training and compliance in relation to child care safety and protection
  • Advocating with government, NGOs and the private sector

The Values that shape how we work are:

  • Respect: Treat with dignity – ourselves, family, colleagues, work ethics, those we serve, community, partners, property and environment.
  • Justice: Bring to life barrier-free and rights-based communities.
  • Presence: Attuned to God in the mystery of life and work.
  • Compassion: Respond to our communities with an open heart and hand.
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