The HEAD Nepal Blind School will be a residential program to equip blind and partially sighted children with the necessary tools for successful integration into a mainstream school. The target group of the project are
blind and partially sighted children aged 3 to 15 years. For young children the program is a preparation for mainstream education. For children who are already in school it is a supplementary course to provide them with more effective methods for their studies.
The curriculum is focused on the following areas:
– Braille literacy in different languages (Nepali, English and Tibetan)
– Mobility training: independent movement with the use of the white cane
– Daily living skills such as personal hygiene and some housework
– Computer literacy with the use of screen reading software
– Self confidence and communication training to accept the disability and respond to challenges and discrimination.
After one to two years of intensive training, the students will return to their home communities and integrate themselves into the regular schools using knowledge and methods acquired during the program at the HEAD Nepal Blind School.
Compared to the first experience of a mobile blind school, a residential program will be more effective for the following reasons:
– The teacher can concentrate on the preparation and implementation of classes, as he doesn’t have to travel several hours per day anymore to visit the villages
– Classes take place on a daily basis
– The residential setting ensures continued practice, e.g. of daily living skills, even outside the classroom
– The regular contact with other visually impaired children shows the students that they are not alone with their problems and they can build their confidence together
– Integration of older children in nearby schools can be easily supported.