PATTAYA REDEMPTORIST SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND
285/103 Pattaya-Naklua Road, Soi 16 Pattaya City,
ChonBuri 20150 Thailand.
The Pattaya Redemptorist School for blind children provides
free residential schooling for poor blind children who would otherwise
receive no education.
There are few schools in Thailand
which cater to the special needs of the blind. Sightless children languish
in their villages or are sent to beg on the streets of Bangkok. In many
instances blind children are treated similarly to the mentally impaired,
with no attempt being made to educate or assist them.
The Blind School has received a number of cases where
fully grown children had not been taught to walk or eat normal food. A
further complication is that in many cases blindness resulted from poor
post-natal care, particularly oxygen deprivation, leaving these disabled
children with additional degrees of physical and mental impairment.
A new school and residential facility was completed in
July 1993. This facility was built with the considerable help from the
Rotary clubs of Denmark and had the honor of being opened by Her Royal
Highness Princess Sirinthorn. The new school has the capacity for training
up to 200 students. However financial constraints have thus far limited
the number of students to around 90.
With teachers specially trained in the education of the
blind, the school focuses on providing reading and writing skills in Braille
books and typewriters. The school is very proud to be able to prepare all
the children for the national examinations of the Ministry of Education
Since the school is relatively young, the problem of training
secondary school graduates for full time jobs has not yet been faced. However
plans must be established for the provision of such training as there are
almost no jobs currently available for blind people in Thailand.