There may be up to 40,000 blind children in the Philippines who are not able to go to school. The only thing keeping them out
of school is the lack of a teacher trained in how to include the blind child in the regular classroom. By providing this training
for teachers, we can dramatically and immediately improve the lives and futures of thousands of blind children.
Beginning in 1992, we have helped to organize summer graduate level training courses for teachers. These one month courses give
the teachers the skills and special teaching techniques needed to mainstream blind students in the regular classroom with sighted
Over one hundred teachers undergo this training each summer at universities in Manila, Cebu, and Davao. After the training is
completed they return to their local schools and begin enrolling blind children. In the last few years, over 1500 blind students
have been able to enroll in school as a result of this training. Our experience has shown that once blind children are allowed to
enroll in school, and once they discover that they can learn, achieve, and even excel, their entire perspective on life changes
for the better.
Blind Children In Regular School|