When we started training teachers computer skills at the Thika High School for the Blind, John Mark had never used computers before. Because he was totally blind, he decided to start by mastering the keyboard keys. Typically, most students take three months to fully utilize the keyboard, including typing. Not John, he surprised everyone when he mastered the keyboard in 20 minutes.
This accomplishment was really amazing. The passion he had to learn the keys was inspirational. He joyfully called out: “Teacher just watch as I type a story for you.”
As an inABLE Computer Instructor every moment of computer discovery is cherished. However, when a student – particularly a teacher – has such an immediate connection and rapid learning curve the celebratory reaction is pure happiness. In a few short minutes, computer technology gave John a new avenue to communicate, learn, and share his knowledge.
John’s newest desire is to be as computer proficient as sighted teachers. To reach this goal, he is committed to never missing a lesson. To ensure he is never late, he arrives early. This focus will no doubt help him to increase his computer abilities.
As an instructor I feel rewarded by his enthusiasm and will continue to support his progress until he reaches his full potential. If the joy and smiles John emits are indicators, I better be ready to fly. The sky will be his only limitation!
Disability is NOT inability.
Last February 2012, inABLE entered into partnership with Cisco Networking Academy to offer Cisco IT Essentials to our blind students. We began this exciting new opportunity with a pilot class consisting of four faculty students, two blind and two sighted. The program took almost a year to complete, and we are proud to announce that , Paul Ngechu, Ann Konana, and Christine Kayathi recently finished the challenging course work required to receive the Cisco IT Essentials completion certificate.
To recognize this achievement, a Cisco team led by Regional Manager Hital Muraj, who traveled from South Africa, came to the Thika School for the Blind to award the certificates to our faculty graduates.
We celebrate this momentous occasion by involving the whole school in the certificate award ceremony, including some teachers from the Thika High School for the Blind. The event was a very inspirational and motivating for the two schools and now, after seeing the learning benefits the program, every teacher wants to join the program. The new deputy who joined the school this term said, "So you guys have set up a gold mine in this school, now I can see why God brought me to this school and I will enroll and be like Kayathi"
The graduates were given Cisco branded bags and T-Shirts together with the Head teachers and the instructor. We extend our sincere gratitude to Cisco, our guests, and the Cisco Networking Academy.
Congratulations to – Christine, Paul & Ann- for earning the Cisco Networking Academy certificate and leading the way for our students. Plans are underway to offer this Cisco IT Essentials certificate program to Thika School for the Blind High School students.
As always, we extend our appreciation to Cisco, and our most capable ABLE Instructors - Thanks for your support and for making the day a success.
On October 23rd the Kenyan Minister for Education, Hon. Mutula Kilonzo, EGH, EBS, MP, visited our computer program at the Thika Primary School for the Blind. A specially prepared program was presented to the Minister and guests to show how blind learners use computers. Everyone watching was quite impressed with the inABLE computer lab program and the students who demonstrated their computer skills.
inABLE was well represented by Senior Manager Tim Kajume, who came to the school specifically for this event. There was applause for the inABLE Kenya team to recognize the high-level of technology knowledge shared with students in the computer lab program. A live video-conference with Atlanta-based Founder and Executive Director Irene Kirika was especially appreciated.
The event program included a display of special projects:
1. Student designed school website2. Application of technology in class room3. Mwangaza projects research tools4. Cisco Networking Academy IT Essentials
Before departing, the Minister announced interest in working together with inABLE to roll out computer-labs-for-the-blind at the eight schools for the blind in Kenya.Congratulations and appreciation goes out to the students, inABLE team, and everyone involved at the Thika Primary School for the Blind for your efforts to make this important event a success. We encourage you to view our photo gallery of the Kenyan Minister for Education's visit.