Royal Blind School donates equipment to Blind School in Malawi

Posted: 21/05/2015 | Education

Teaching equipment which was no longer needed at the Royal Blind School is being put to good use in a Blind School in Malawi.

A Malawian pupil uses a screen readerA total of 32 boxes of resources, including science and maths Braille equipment, were shipped over by the charity Malawi Association of Christian Support (MACS), and are now being used by low vision learners at the Nkope School for the Blind in southern Malawi.

The donation was arranged by Kay Bates, a retired science teacher from the Royal Blind School, who visited Malawi in 2009 on a MACS project.

When Ms Bates realised there was equipment from the old Craigmillar Park campus which was no longer required for the school after the merger, but would be extremely useful in Malawi, she decided to fundraise so the materials could be shipped out.

The school has now received the goods and they are already making a difference to the education of the pupils. The photo (right) shows a low vision learner using a magnifier. The Chairman of MACS, Richard Barton says the machine “was greeted with much acclaim, instantly plugged in and turned on!”

Specialist teacher Esaya Mtenje sent a letter of thanks to Kay Bates and everyone at the Royal Blind School, which said:-

“The contents of the boxes are too numerous to mention, but let you be assured that they will be put into good use.. Special thanks should go to the donation of the CCTV which has a great impact, especially to our learners with low vision. As I am writing, learners who are expected to sit for National examinations this year are using it. For this we say bravo our partners.”

Nothing in the shipment is going to waste - any equipment which would not be of benefit to pupils at the Blind School has been passed on to the local mainstream school and other schools in the area.

Well done to Kay Bates for her fundraising efforts, and to everyone at the charity MACS for ensuring the goods were safely delivered to Malawi.

The video below has more information about the Nkope School for the Blind. We wish them well with the new resources and look forward to hearing more from them in future.