Over 60 special needs learners in three schools in Nakuru and Baringo Counties have benefited from Braille and assistive devices courtesy of Safaricom Foundation.
Visually impaired pupils from Emining Primary School in Baringo County, Milimani and Menengai Primary Schools in Nakuru County now have an opportunity to use braille kits, braille textbooks, talking calculators, white canes and large print textbooks among other assistive devices.
The kits are expected to help in their class work and revision of their studies. They will also assist in the pupils’ mobility around the school and at home.
“Pupils with disabilities should be allowed to achieve their full potential with the support of these assistive devices. We believe it is important for all the children to have the same access to education “said Joseph Ogutu, Chairman, Safaricom Foundation.
The pupils faced various challenges including sharing the few braille kits that were available in the school, using worn out devices while some stayed at home due to lack of kits.
They could not be involved in class work actively which impacted negatively on their academics.
“The pupils in this school’s special unit will have their morale boosted since they can now read and engage in class activities. The teachers will also be motivated to teach them and nurture their potential. Parents in this community will be encouraged to enroll more special needs pupils as these assistive devices will contribute to improving our school’s performances,” said Jane Chesire, Head teacher, Milimani Primary School Special Unit.
The handover of the braille and assistive devices is in line with Safaricom Foundation’s commitment to supporting the education sector