Online tuition aid to 100 Malaysian blind students

by SOS Missions Berhad
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Online tuition aid to 100 Malaysian blind students
Online tuition aid to 100 Malaysian blind students
Online tuition aid to 100 Malaysian blind students
Online tuition aid to 100 Malaysian blind students
Online tuition aid to 100 Malaysian blind students
Online tuition aid to 100 Malaysian blind students
Online tuition aid to 100 Malaysian blind students

The new school term began a few weeks ago on Jan 3 2022 after many periods of lockdowns and a massive flood in December 2021 that has forced the close down of many public schools including the special schools. However despite these challenges we are thankful for the many public donors and some organisations financial help to continue enabling us to support 50 Blind students online tuition for the 2022 school term in our nation.

We have also recently received endorsement from our Ministry of Education Special Education Department to adopt more impaired students on our learning platform to include the Deaf, Lame and Learning disabled students as well. Despite the challenges we are still pressing on to secure more financial donations and grants to help us not only to maintain our annual target of 100 impaired students but also to sustain the employment of our 3 impaired tutors. We hope to give a more comprehensive report to our supporters by mid-2022.    

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Executive Summary

With the existing assistive technology and the power of Internet, Learning Includes, an accessible virtual / mobile tuition platform for the visually impaired (VI) / blind and other disabled students was launched in 2017 by us, DID MY Academy Sdn Bhd and SOS Missions, in collaboration with Sasbadi Online and MindTech Education, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysian leading public listed education publisher, Sasbadi Holdings Bhd. With the support from Yayasan Hasanah, GlobalGiving Donors and Yayasan Yara, the project has expanded to aid more special education students between ages 10 to 18.

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 Thank you for your kind contribution and support in allowing us to provide education to our visually impaired students here in Malaysia. 

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It has been close to 4 months since our last report on our Learning Includes Project for the Blind students in our nation. However since March our country has been experiencing rise in Covid 19 cases which resulted in 2 more major lockdowns. Schools has been closed for the past months which has hampered our activities as many of the students stay at the school hostel which has computer labs and Wifi connections.  Due to the school closure, many of the students returned home with limited access to computers and Wifi.  Prayerfully the situation will get better soon so that the affected students can return to school.  

Challenges

Due to spike in Covid-19 cases our nation has been in conditional lockdown since October 2020 and in December 2020  till March 2021, we had the 2nd lockdown and recently as the cases has been spiralling out of contro our nation will be on full lockdown again on 1 June.

Our nation is now in full lockdown which has interrupted school learning. In our last report we have mentioned that our Project has been hampered by the lack of devices available for this Blind students to learn remotely. As of now we are still affected by this problem and is still seeking for devices donations to help many of this students. To date we can only engage Students who have access to these Smart Devices and also Connectivity.

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It has been 4  months since our last report on our Learning Project for the Blind students in our nation. Thanks to GlobalGiving and other local Foundations and Donors we are continuing with the Virtual Learning Project for these students. Todate 28 of these Blind students are closely monitored by our 3  Visually Impaired coaches. Our Project has also received additional funding support of about USD5,000.00 early this year to engage even more students.

Challenges

Due to spike in Covid-19 cases our nation has been in conditional lockdown since October 2020 and in December 2020 our nation is now in full lockdown which has interrupted school learning. In our last report we have mentioned that our Project has been hampered by the lack of devices available for this Blind students to learn remotely. As of now we are still affected by this problem and is still seeking for devices donations to help many of this students. To date we can only engage Students who have access to these Smart Devices and also Connectivity.

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Suren, one of our visually impaired coaches online
Suren, one of our visually impaired coaches online

We have managed to secure enough sponsorship to provide free Online Tuition and Coaching Aid to 50 Blind Students studying in 5  Special Schools nationwide thanks to GlobalGiving and other local Malaysian Corporates and Public Agencies' kind donations. In addition to these Blind Students, we are also employing 3 Visually Impaired Graduates to be their Online Tutors and Coaches  

Thru collaboration with our nation's largest education content provider, we are in the process of renovating their existing Online Learning platform be inclusive and accessible for the Visually and other Impaired students ages between 10-17 to use for their Education virtually remotely within their safe and comfort zones. In addition to the Education Virtual platform being able to provide quality education to this often left behind PWD communities, we are also engaging the Visually and other Impaired Graduates and Adults to be these targeted students' Coaches and Tutors. It is our mission to provide quality education that can contribute to their economic well-being thru partnerships that can elevate them out of poverty.

Some Challenges : 

In view of the current pandemic we are facing some challenges to reach out to most of the students for their continuing education as most of this Impaired students have little or no access to the Devices and Connectivity to continue their learning remotely. We are still in the process of speaking to more Corporates and Foundations to donate this devices that can enable this students to continue with their education irregardless of the Pandemic that has much affected this students education.

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SOS Missions Berhad

Location: Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia
Project Leader:
Stevens Chan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
$4,425 raised of $10,000 goal
 
103 donations
$5,575 to go
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