MEP Visits Royal Blind School

Posted: 28/01/2014 | Education

The Royal Blind School is currently working on in collaboration with various partners in Europe as part of the Comenius STEP UP project.

The Comenius programme is named after Juan Amos Comenius, a passionate education reformer who was one of the earliest champions of a universal system of education.

Last week, SNP MEP Alyn Smith met with Royal Blind School pupils and staff to talk about the project. He also saw, first-hand, the difference that proficient mobility and orientation skills make to our pupils in enabling them to move around confidently, safely & independently.

The Royal Blind School is currently in the final stages of the two-year Comenius project. We are now hard at work turning all the ideas and data from the projects into new ways to help raise awareness with parents and family members, carers, and educational professionals of their role in supporting and assisting visually impaired learners.

After his visit, Alyn Smith MEP said:

“It’s always a pleasure to get to know about European educational projects in action and the Royal Blind School is a perfect example of a school that, through the Comenius programme, successfully engages with our European partners for the benefit of our children.

“I am delighted that the school, which is just around the corner from my home, is taking advantage of the ‘STEP UP!’ programme and takes part in developing resources and ideas about safe travel and movement to support pupils, their parents, carers and education staff.

"The school should be commended on its engagement with the programme. It was great to see, first hand, the benefit it is having to everyone at school and I would encourage other schools to engage with similar schemes. 

“This collaboration on a European level means that a delegation from the Royal Blind School was able travel to Sweden and Luxembourg to exchange ideas with participants from eight other countries, and the school was also proud to host international delegations here in Edinburgh."

Read more about the Royal Blind School.