STTIBD has a long and proud history. Our history is part of our platform for future success and linked to our present activities and future goals.
The Institute was started in 1970 by the CMM brother of Tilburg under the Kisii catholic Diocese as Vocational training Centre for the Blind and Deaf- Sikri, to offer practical agriculture skills training for the poor of the poorest learners who were visually impaired .At its inception on 5/2/1970 six students were admitted, in January 1971 another six more students joined the programme.
In 1975, the school population dropped drastically despite numerous awareness campaign of the centre being conducted by the school administration .This prompted the administration in consultation with the ministry of Education to admit hearing impaired students. A total of 15 H.I.Students were admitted to undertake a four year agricultural course at the centre.
In 1980, a sign language specialist was invited from Holland to train basic sign language. This led to the development of sign language dictionary to be used in the school. It is important to note that at this time the government emphasized oralism as opposed to use of sign language as a medium of instruction in public special schools and no dictionary existed on Kenya sign language.
In 1987 a wood and weaving workshop was constructed and in 1988 the two workshops were equipped with teaching/learning resources. Consequently Carpentry/joinery and weaving /textile/clothing and textile was introduced. These courses were to strengthen the general agriculture which was the main course as it requires maintenance of farm structures, buildings and clothing.
Right at inception, the institute has provided rehabilitation to visually impaired students in, Braille literacy, Orientation and Mobility, activities of daily living and communication skills. In view of this the institute had an established Braille press for production of Braille materials.In 1999 the rehabilitation department was instrumental for the rehabilitation of 1998 bomb blast survivors.
It is important to note that the institute provides training to students across the East and central Africa region and has been the only training centre in the region with the blind, deaf and deaf/blind students all in one Institution undertaking agriculture course. The institute provides relevant livelihood skills training to persons with disabilities. This training ensures that the trainees are equipped with the necessary skills to enable them compete favourably in the job market or establish their own livelihood activities. The trainees are therefore empowered, in income generation, independence, transition and social integration. The centre currently has 13 practical and 5 academic departments with a teaching staff of 17 and 22 support staff. The institute has the capacity to train, evaluate and certify trainees in the following vocational areas; agriculture, carpentry and joinery, clothing and textile, and building and construction.
This strategic plan articulates the means by which Sikri Technical Training Institute for the Blind and Deaf is to achieve its vision and mission. Through this strategic plan, the institute will be able to achieve vision 2030, medium term plan 2008-2012, government strategy on industrialization, ministry of education strategic goals, and millennium development goals.
The plan is developed within the content of quality training, food security, disability mainstreaming e.t.c. as outline session paper No.1 of 2005, disability act 2003.
The plan therefore proposes three main strategic thrust. To begin with, to provide access to Vocational Training to a person with special needs. The second is to spread an economic integration for persons with disabilities. Lastly is to create opportunities to learners with disabilities to discover the full potential.
The school is funded by the parents, the Government of Kenya through Grants in Aid, CBM, and the CMM brothers of the Catholic Diocese of Homa-Bay. The school also receive support in terms of donations from well wishers and friends of the school.