The ELITE classes provided a safe, challenging, educational environment for young blind people.
ACCV implemented an English language training course for young blind students in May 2009. Under ACCV’s instruction this programme ran in five districts around Hanoi. After the closure of ACCV’s activities two of the blind associations have carried on this training course.
We worked closely with management of the local blind association where we run our classes.
All worksheets were developed here in Australia and with the generous support of a wonderful not for profit organisation, Braille house. Thanks to their kindness and hard work, we produced templates for each level of our course at a very low cost.
Our worksheets were produced in Hanoi by an educational centre for blind people. This was a wonderful initiative for the centre to generate income and learn the processes involved in producing English Braille.
Learning English and taking part in the classes gave the students confidence in their own abilities and as a result they are broadening their horizons. They also learn English to increase their job prospects in the future. It has been very interesting and quite a privilege to observe once shy, withdrawn young people actually develop personal goals and ambitions for the future.
ACCV has produced a variety of interactive learning tools that students particularly enjoyed. A game of Dominoes, songs with lyrics, flash cards and other activities all contribute to a positive, interesting classroom environment to help the students learn English effectively.
We have seen some wonderful results from our English language training programme. A number of our students have returned to education, other’s now have full time jobs and we even have a couple of marriages and babies! They are once again living and enjoying their lives. We hope these results continue long after ACCV’s closure!
Our ultimate goal was to provide an Educational and Social centre where young blind people can complete vocational courses, join a Braille library, take part in an English club, or just hang out and enjoy socializing with their peers, both blind and sighted.
We are extremely appreciative of the support we received when running these classes, without it we could not have helped as many young blind people as we did. Over the years, our wonderful teams of volunteer English teachers have made an immeasurable impact on the lives of our students, sharing laughs, friendships and life skills which we could not be more grateful for.