Friday, July 9, 2010

A visit to Sekolah Kebangsaan Pendidikan Khas Alma

Both of you had orchestra's performances on 15.2.2009.
We arrived at Sekolah Kebangsaan Pendidikan Khas Alma at around 10.25 a.m.
Sekolah Kebangsaan Pendidikan Khas Alma is a special school for students with sight and hearing problems.
This school is modern and well equipped.

A variety of indoor facilities.
Outdoor facilities.
Its facilities included an outdoor swimming pool.
A "hotel style" toilet.

The school has their own tour bus and a van.The majority of the students are Malays. Some students stay in the school hostel.

Blind students could be taught to read and write Braille here. Due to low quality programs or poorly trained teachers in our country, some of these blind kids are behind their sighted peers in their skills.
Many parents attended this event, which was held in the school hall. An interpreter relayed what the people were saying to the student with sign language. When mom entered the hall, it was already occupied. The environment here was really friendly.Mom kept questioning the parents about the progress of the schools. Maybe they thought mom was a reporter. An excellent performance by choir. Even though the students could not see, they could sing in heart. Thumbs up to them.
Music performances at public places could show the achievement of the blind and their potential to the public.

Different musical instruments were introduced to play for the blind students.

Really touching and meaningful.

The event organiser was our friend. We knew Ernest's parents in a special function. They are great parents.

Ernest can play the violin very well. His father organised parenting group in school. The groups are organised under a base of understanding.Presence of both father and mother gave a great support to their children. Dad and mom wanted to give them a big clap. Parents of children with special needs can join a parent support group. It also provide each other with emotional support.The parents could share experiences, some frustrating and some rewarding.
We were having lunch together with students, teachers and parents at 12.10p.m. Many sighted students are open-hearted to make friends with their blind classmates. How to help blind children afford schooling is important, but how to make them openly accepted in ordinary school is much more important. Some moms shared some of their own experiences growing up with their blind child. Delighted to share their stories.
Traditional Malay food were served.
Both of you received a box of chocolates.
We went home at 12.55p.m.
Lydia and Priscilla, dad and mom glad that we could be involved and be a part of it. 

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