100 children in Ranga Reddy district will benefit
Visually-challenged children of Ranga Reddy district who have no means whatsoever to normal education will now have an opportunity literally knocking at their door. A mobile school from the Devnar Foundation for the Blind, flagged off on Saturday by the Governor E.S.L.Narasimhan, will seek them out, and deliver learning material along with follow-up services.
The foundation has partnered with the Vidya Vrikshah Centre for Disability Research, Development and Training, Chennai for implementing the latter's Mobile Blind School Project.
Accordingly, the Foundation received a Mobile Blind School comprising a four-wheeler, and Universal Braille Kits for 100 children.
The vehicle, modelled after a mobile library, will be driven around by a trainer -- preferably a physically challenged person -- who will deliver the kits and also undertake the teaching. Target has been set to cover 100 children in a year through the school.
The implementing agency-- in the present case, the foundation -- will have to meet the recurring expenditure including the fuel and maintenance of the vehicle, remuneration for the teacher, and future cost of kits.
Depending on their respective literacy levels, parents too will be trained in using the kits and teaching their wards, informed A. Saibaba Goud, the founder-chairman of the Foundation.
N. Krishna Swamy, the chairman of the Vidya Vrikshah Centre, said the project was initiated with the aim that a school must go to children if they cannot reach it due to disability, distance or poverty.
Braille Kit to be supplied to the children will have a set of eight simple devices that will impart basic skills of functional literacy, Mr.Swamy informed.
Governor Narasimhan bowled over everybody present by making an impromptu donation of Rs.2.5-lakh towards acquiring another Mobile Blind School for Andhra Pradesh. He lauded the effort and urged for one such project for urban poor too.