Visit to Blind School

25 December 2008

All classes were taken on an eagerly anticipated visit to the unit for the blind and blind-deaf pupils at Uhuru Mchanganyiko Primary School in Morogoro.

Click to enlarge imageAs part of Grade 5’s unit of inquiry ‘How we express ourselves’ all the classes were taken on an eagerly anticipated visit to the unit for the blind and blind-deaf pupils at Uhuru Mchanganyiko Primary School in Morogoro. Pupils extended their understanding of the importance and use of non-verbal communication and equally importantly their preconceptions about children with disabilities were challenged.

With a great deal of enthusiasm, pupils witnessed how Braille machines and styles (Braille pens) work. The Uhuru Mchanganyiko pupils wrote and read words, names and sentences that the AKPS pupils dictated. Mr. Raphael Noa, the Head of the Unit, who is also blind, explained how blind pupils do their exercises and exams and how their teachers mark the work using Braille. Our pupils learnt about perseverance and the importance of education for all children.

Lastly, our pupils witnessed the way blind-deaf pupils interact with their teachers and they participated in the exercise of recognizing finger letters as demonstrated by one blind-deaf pupil, Hassan.

Grade 5 pupils came away from Uhuru Mchanganyiko with much more than an understanding of how technology and ingenuity are used to support children with disabilities. They came away with a greater sensitivity to and respect for youngsters who are like themselves but have the challenge of living with a disability.