Blind School

Blind School

Mission

The Blind School is dedicated to provide world-class Primary, Secondary and post-secondary education in Islamic, general and vocational education that prepares pioneers by enabling the graduates to establish a decent and respectful livelihood in their societies and empower them with skills for their independents in living, mobility and working.

We manage to change; we work honestly; we are sharing our experiences and sharing responsibilities for achieving with our objective with our partners and donors; we develop solutions; we use our wide range of instrument.

Vision

A Model School and a National Vocational Institute for VI people the Institute will be known for academic and professional programs that provide enlightened instruction in key areas that serve the development of the country and promote the aspirations of its students with visual disability. These areas include vocational skill development, Islamic education, general education and teacher training, as well as specialized areas such as mobility techniques, Braille, English as foreign language, Computer and computer education.

The National Institute for VI will operate from a spacious, attractive campus that is equipped with excellent, up-to-date facilities and technical requirements that meets the needs of VI students. The Institute will employ a diverse, highly educated international faculty to attract and instruct the finest male and female students in the country in a thriving environment of social equality for physically challenged people.

Graduates will learn to think critically, meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world, be competitive with graduates of other 14th grade institutes, achieve outstanding levels of technical expertise, develop new enterprises and employment opportunities, and assume leadership positions in business, education, social services, government, law, and other sectors and serve as role model for VI children. Together, the Institute and its constituents will contribute to the progress and prosperity of Afghanistan and the region. The Institute will expand to other provinces by sharing its development progress and providing support to other schools for VI students in the country.

Objectives:

  • To enable and prepare  Students with  VI  with superior career opportunities;
  • To provide Scio social wellbeing and mental health of people with visual disabilities
  • To change the life of VI people to be self-reliance through vocational skill and education
  • To provide service for all people who are willing to work in the area of VI ( inclusive )
  • To  facilitate economic growth of people with Visually Impaired problem in private sector;

Values

The National Institute for VI is committed to rigorous transparency in all areas as to ensure that children and students have equal access to quality education regardless of their gender, age, abilities, disabilities/ impairment, health condition, circumstance, as well as socio –economic, religious, ethnic, and language background. It respects the principles of equality and fairness without regard to gender, ethnicity, religion, or kinship, and will conduct itself accordingly. NIVI embraces diversity and community, understanding that personal responsibility and ethical behavior enhance the collective achievements of students and other constituents of the institutes. The Institute is committed to playing an active role in the expansion of educational services for people with VI and others people who are working in this area in Afghanistan. To summarize it as follow:

– We value the free exchange of ideas: a respectful climate for open discourse promotes innovation, discovery and social responsibility.

– We value diversity and inclusiveness:  diversity and inclusiveness enhance the quality both of learning and of the workplace.

– We value our employees: the commitment, innovation, creativity and continuous learning of every employee

– We value accountability: we are accountable to our students, to each other and to the public.

Introduction to Blind School

Information about people with disability in country, there is no exact statistic about number of people with disability in the country, but there is survey was done in 2004 / 2005 by support of UNDP and implemented by handicap international. It is not door to door just cluster wide, the number of people with disability was shown 2.7 million people, its long time ago, according to that survey the number of children with disabilities are 196000 are school age. Out of that number about 12000 children with seeing problem mostly blind. According to the information which we have from different organization   who is working for children with VI, only less than 2500 are under the education program through NGOs and government throughout the country.  There is a need to discuss this issue with CSO for collecting information about people with disabilities throughout the country. Therefore CSO should include the disability issue to the statistic form for the next survey in the country, the result we will have proper information in this regard.

If we look to the aim of international community and aim of our government regarding Education,   up to 2015 in all over the world should education for all, but for Afghanistan this slogan up to 2020.  This aim takes us to think deeply about the education issue and look for different ways to reach to this goal. To reach to every single child who are vulnerable and out of education circle we need to look for some ways to go quick for reaching to this goal and good quality education. There is a need for changing general whole education system , to welcome all  children in to the education system, regardless to gender, ethnic , race, ability , disability/ imperilments,  age, health condition, religious and language background as well as socio-economic

Therefore Stirngthing Special Education is one way for supporting Inclusive education to reach to the overall goal education for all. This mean is not just thinking about the part which disabilities, there are other categories also who are  out of education cycle..

Story of current Blind School

The Blind School (BS) is established as private school in 1343 (1964) at Shash Darak, Kabul city. The school is allocated in Darul-Aman. With support of IAM a building was constructed for this school in1967 on that time the BS was operating under Ministry of Public Health.  In 1358 (1979), the BS formally came under the roof of MOE. During war in Kabul, the building destroyed and the school was functioning in private rented houses. During the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the school was rehabilitating in 1382. , the professional blind school started re-functioning in the newly rehabilitated building located in Darul-Aman.   In 1387 (2008), the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has received a grant from the International Development Agency (IDA) and Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) for the Afghanistan Skills Development Project (ASDP). The project aims to establish a high quality, equitable, market-responsive and cost-effective technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system in order to increase the number of immediately employable Afghan Blind graduates. The ASDP is a multi-functional project managed through four components, and executed by different government agencies, namely: Committee of Education and Skills Policy (CESP) chaired by the Vice President; Deputy Ministry of TVET (DMTVET) at the Ministry of Education (MOE); and National Skills Development Program (NSDP) at the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MOLSAMD).

This document with the estimated budget six million  dollars will provides the BS Management plan for developing and sustaining as Vocational Model School and expansion in to National Vocational Institute for Visually Impaired students under Ministry of Education.  At the behest of the World Bank and other donors under the guidance of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education, Deputy Ministry of Technical, Vocational and Educational Training, the school began work to become autonomous. Steps were taken to create a governing council and adopt a mission, vision, and values for the school. In addition, the school will open a bank account with the approval of MOE and begun to prepare transparent and rigorous policies and procedures to receive and disburse future funds for the Institute’s operation.  Since its inception, the BS Management has also begun steps necessary to stabilize the School, improve its academic curriculum, faculty capacity, educational facilities and resources, and administrative policies and procedures. These steps are continuing and are documented in this business plan.

Current Situation of BS

  • Establish 1964
  • Right now offers 12th graduate level
  • Has 177 students with 3 department( Islamic education, general education and vocational skill development) out of that number 112 are boys and 65 are girls
  • 48 teachers and 10 management staff 30 support staff( most of them are Blind)
  • 75% graduate student are employed by BS as teachers

Blind School Business Plan can be downloaded from here: Final Version of Blind School BP 2013