School for blind receives e-braille computers. Not only that, they were gifted with a device for scanning and reading printed text and a portable MP3 player specially designed for visually impaired learners. Athlone school for the blind are pleased with the devices which will help improve access and learning quality.
The devices were handed over by the MEC for social Development, Albert Fritz.
Fritz is confident that these devices are going to help visually impaired learners: “These computers are going to aid our learners, and will equip them in technological skills”
He went on to say: “We must not limit their education because of their visual impairment, it is their right to learn computers as well”
Fritz encouraged visually impaired learners to focus on their education to improve their lives.
Fletcher Fisher who is the schools headmaster says that the learners will now be able to master basic computer skills, some of then have never used a computer at all.
Fisher said the they are grateful to MTN and the Department of Social Development for the computer lab and computers: “Our learners will not struggle when they go to tertiary institutions, because they too will be technologically advanced. Most of the learners come from impoverished backgrounds and they need resources to keep up with the education system”
Spokesperson for the MEC told News24 that The WCED invested more than R1 million in the new technology to support blind learners at two schools.
The Athlone School for the Blind were gifted with 19 BrailleNote Apex computers and the Pioneer School with five.
Casey says that they are currently deciding on which electronic learner support materials to transfer.
Teachers will monitor learners progress through an external computer monitor in alphanumeric text.
Casey said: “Orientation and teacher training began in January and will continue in February. Once this process is complete the learners will begin using them”