The Government of Kerala, India has mapped out plans to ensure that teachers in India are not left redundant in the business of impacting knowledge.
This it intends to achieve through the training of about 500 blind teachers under the project as part of implementing the Hi-Tech School programme in the state, said project chief K. Anvar Sadath.
Kerala would become the first state in the country to have trained all visually challenged teachers in ICT, which focuses on the possibilities of ICT in education, rather than a mere training on computers.
“The training for the regular teachers emphasise on specific subject wise content, developed entirely on free and open source software platform. The accessibility gaps of the software used for such training are assessed and then new customised packages are being incorporated, for the benefit of the visually challenged teachers,” said Sadath.
The specific training includes activities such as preparation of documents and presentations which would assist in classroom teaching of every teacher, language computing, digital content collection from the internet and their legal aspects, audio recording and video editing. The educational applications which are used for the regular training are customised for the benefit of the visually challenged teachers.
“The joy goes up to its peak now as we are learning to apply it in our classrooms. It’s like we are getting our eyes back…”, said thrilled learner Sebastian, who is almost fully blind and works as a teacher in a state-run school in Ernakulam district.