Ethiopia’s PM seeks guidance on building schools for blind

ST Correspondent
Friday, 12 October 2018

The beautiful performances in dance, music and sports by the visually challenged students and their determination to learn new skills to become confident and self-sufficient, enchanted Ethiopia’s first lady Zinash Tayachew, wife of the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Pune: The beautiful performances in dance, music and sports by the visually challenged students and their determination to learn new skills to become confident and self-sufficient, enchanted Ethiopia’s first lady Zinash Tayachew, wife of the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Tayachew paid a visit to the Poona School and Home for the Blind Trust in Koregaon Park on Thursday along with her delegation. Lensa Gudina, Founder and Managing Director of Gudina Tumsa Foundation, Iyobed Yonas, Programmes Director and Tsegaye Gerba Milki, Special Needs Education Coordinator along with others were a part of the delegation.

Pratap Pawar, Chairman of Sakal, Abhijit Pawar, Chairman of Poona School and Home for the Blind, Mrunal Pawar, Mahendra Pisal, Administrative Officer of the School Krushna Shevale and Principal Chandrakant Bhosale were present.

Tayachew visited the school especially to observe and study the school that emphasises on the education, training and rehabilitation of the visually impaired children. Taking a round of the school, Tayachew and her delegation saw the school’s spectacular premises, computer room, low vision room, etc, and demonstrations by the students, their performances in ‘Dhol-Lezim’, ‘Mallakhamb’, music, etc. 

Speaking on the occasion, Abhijit Pawar, in a presentation, gave information about the work of the Sakal Media Group, AP Globale and the school.

“The Prime Minister of Ethiopia wishes to build good blind schools in his country, which is why, they asked help from Poona Blind School. We will be happy to help them build a similar school there. Also, teachers, trainers in blind schools will go to Ethiopia to aid in the work of blind schools there. We will also provide support in the form of advanced technology while building the school there,” he said.

Jose Maria Ortiz, Founder Director of Palladium EME, David Magenti of Palladium India also said that the organisation will support the initiative. Palladium works in 90 countries across the world and is also a part of the DFID projects by the Government of United Kingdom.

After the presentation, the students of the blind school arranged an orchestra, followed by the performances of Kathak and Scouts to conclude the programme.

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 Ethiopia’s first lady Zinash Tayachew visited the Poona School and Home for the Blind Trust in Koregaon Park especially to observe and study the school that emphasises on the education, training and rehabilitation of the visually impaired children. 
 Speaking on the occasion, Abhijit Pawar, Abhijit Pawar, Chairman of Poona School and Home for the Blind, said, “The Prime Minister of Ethiopia wishes to build good blind schools in his country, which is why, they asked help from Poona Blind School. We will be happy to help them build a similar school there.

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