Education
 India
Project #2382

Breaking Barriers for the Visually Impaired

by Ann Foundation Inc
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The end of last year was marked by massive floods in and around Bargur, severely impacting classes not only during the rains, but also disrupting the school’s internet connectivity. Ann foundation team worked diligently with the IELC school leadership to address the connectivity issues and brought the classes back to normal by early January.

Despite these connectivity disruptions, the Ann foundation volunteers succeeded in bringing the ESL classes back on track. The children were able to resume their education goals and reacted with renewed energy and excitement.

Many of the IELC teachers continue to provide positive feedback toward our classes and confirm the children’s eagerness regarding their learning and their continued initiatives to converse with both friends and teachers in English whenever possible. We take pride in the positive difference being made at IELC. 

Ann Moideen, the founder of the foundation has designed an assessment for all students of IELC with plans for implementation for the upcoming academic year. The assessments, which will regroup children based on their current levels of proficiency, will be administered personally on a one-on-one basis and will allow for more focused and efficient teaching methods going forward.

Attending the class
Attending the class
Due to severe rain in Burgur, we were unable to give classes for almost four weeks. Below is a testimonial from our ESL teacher. 

Mathaiyan, Sivashanker, and Navanitha are fourth grade children. Initially they were very shy and nervous but now they have gained confidence. 
 
Sivashanker is very smart and he is a  learns fast learner with sharp memory. Mathaiyan absorbs everything which is taught ,he has a very positively attitude. Among all the other students, these three children are very energetic, responsive and obedient. In summary, the kids are always looking forward for the next class and they seem to converse well in English.
I am glad that  the students are benefitting from my classes.
Ann Foundation Tutor.
Students attending the class
Students attending the class

We are excited to share this information to you our donors and well wishers.

Students returned from their summer vacation. We have resumed our classes, welcoming new enthusiastic volunteers. We are making many changes to our program.

We are implementing new strategies to achieve better learning experience for the students. Our tutors are preparing assessment test, after the test we will be regrouping the students. We are implementing computer training for the low vision students.

Students are busy practicing volley Ball for an upcoming state level competition.

Karthik is one of the students who have benefitted immensely from Ann Foundations online classes. His eagerness to learn and his aptitude for imbibing and remembering new topics was what signaled him to be different. His teacher-a volunteer of Ann Foundation found Karthik’s progress over the course of one year extremely exceptional. She found that Karthik was not only able learn his lessons with great alacrity but was also able to connect what he learned from earlier classes.

What the volunteer teacher found exceptional about Karthik was not only his ability to learn but also his ability to help his fellow classmates to learn better. “He is willing to repeat the lessons to his fellow students, and my classes with him are always pleasant, as he also learns to manage his tendency to speak up out of turn and help his classmates.”

Ann foundation is proud to have helped a child like Karthik who hails from an underprivileged background to achieve his full potential. AF is proud of its volunteer teachers who are able nurture such a talent.

A few major changes in the last months:

  • We redirected some of our resources toward helping teachers improve their English at the Indian Evangelical Lutheran Church School for the Blind (IELC). Our aim is to create a sustainable teaching environment so that the teachers can facilitate learning efficiently and independently.

  • We expanded our curriculum to include more engaging activities such as stories, games, quizzes and songs. The children reacted happily to these changes and we love experiencing their increased participation—their enthusiasm for creating new endings with traditional stories is very rewarding.

  • Our team of educators and administrators are in the process of reviewing and optimizing our techniques and strategies to further promote our students' academic success with detailed, moment-to-moment engagement.

 

The children have just finished classes for the academic year and are looking forward to taking a well-deserved summer break as soon as they finish their annual exams. As always, The Ann Foundation is deeply committed to forging the best possible education for our students (no summer break for us), and we thank you for your help with our mission. The future of these children is only possible with your support.

Sincerely,

Ann Moideen

This year, we have taken the IELC School for the Blind project to the next level! Newly appointed coordinator Namratha and our ESL tutors are coming up with new ideas to make learning more enjoyable. Our IELC team feels a proper curriculum for blind children should stimulate their curiosity and make them willing participants in their environments.

We have introduced Personality Development classes, which helps to bring blind children out of their shells so they can embrace the world around them. It is common for blind children to withdraw from the world, so these classes help them build confidence and communicate skills.Special attention is given to students with learning disabilities.

Despite challenges, we have been enthusiastically conducting our classes. Mid-term examinations are in progress, and we will be resuming our classes in Jan 2015 with the same zeal!

 

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Ann Foundation Inc

Location: Roslyn, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​annfoundation.org
Project Leader:
Ann Moideen
Founder
NY, NY United States

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