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Books for the Blind Club – Term Reflection

01 December 2016

Each week, students from Books for the Blind Club have worked in to create interesting education resources for children at Nhat Hong Centre for the Visually Impaired.

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After visiting Nhat Hong at the beginning of term, students started to create country flags made out of different materials. This useful resource will help Nhat Hong students identify what the flags look like.

Last week students visited Nhat Hong again to meet with the children and to show what they had made.

Read the students reflections below to get a better insight into their experiences:

Being part of Book for the Blind has taught me to appreciate what I have. I was lucky enough to go see the school and the children. I was quite surprised when I saw how motivated the children were to learn new things even with obstacles such as their blindness. This club opened my eyes and let me see in a whole new perspective. It taught me that no matter how big the obstacle, you must continue and be determined just like the children. The club has also shown me that I should not take what I have for granted. I am grateful for the experience that I gained and the new things that I learnt by being in this club.

Anna-Lien Juelsbak, Year 12

As this is my first time joining a service club, I really enjoyed it. During the club session, I have made 3 flags; Chatham island, Bhutan and Turks and Caicos Island flag. I think the Chatham Island flag is very simple and easy to make. However, it contrasts to the Turks and Caicos island flag which is very hard due to the small details which are very hard to draw and cut. Through this, I can feel how hard it is for blind people to learn and study. I have also learnt that blind people have their own special education system through the brochure Ms Mai gave me. Joining this club made me feel happy because I am making flags for the blind students to learn and explore. I know I am not good at art but I tried my best so I am very proud of it.

Trang Pham – Year 9

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During my first visit to the centre, I got to learn and sympathise with the students and youngsters there, knowing the struggles they’re facing. Despite the massive challenges in their life, somehow all of them have found joy in their life, partly thanks to the teachers and helpers who are willing to give up their precious time to help them. In order to participate in improve the quality of the children’s life, we were told to help them make flags. It helps to reinforce their understanding of the world whilst learning about the characteristics of a place by feeling what they cannot see. We are helping them to create a vision, shining their path and opening up their potential; we are providing them the necessary knowledge and opportunities a regular person would have, not letting their conditions affect their life. Mrs. Mai and Mr. Toan, have been able to provide me the chance to help out the children as well as spreading vital awareness. Overall, I have really enjoyed participating this programme and hopefully to return next term.

Quoc Bao Nguyen, Year 11

Throughout Term 1, this club has been very fun and enjoyable. Our main activity has been making flags out of cards and craft materials for the children after our trip we took to their school. I don’t think the club is just fun and interesting; it is also incredibly thoughtful and is an amazing cause, for these wonderful children. Also, Ms Mai and Mr Toan have been very welcoming and helpful to us - they try and help out as much as they can, which I really appreciate.

Ashley, Year 8

On the first visit to the school, we got a tour around the school and got to see the many different things that were happening around it, such as careers and teacher training for the children. It helped me to understand the hardships that the children have to face every day in doing the normal actions such as reading, walking, interacting and other daily life activities. This shows me their incredible perseverance in everything they do. Unlike us, they are unable to see the world and all its colours as it is and have to create an image of the world in their minds. This encourages me to sympathise with them as they are unable to see what the world can provide and its wonders. I thank Ms Mai and Mr Toan for providing me with this experience, teaching to be aware of all the unfortunate people around and to appreciate what I have. There are people who are less fortunate then I am and it is our duty to give back to the less fortunate as we are the ones who are fortunate as it is a global citizen job to provide equality to all people.

Ishan Dane, Year 11

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