Arunodaya: Sunshine for Blind

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Why Arunodaya

  • India is home to 320,000 blind children, the majority of which live in remote areas without any access to formal education. ​

  • Only 29.16 per cent of the blind in India are part of the education system as per a survey conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). Good proportion of these children are registered in the school but do not go to Classroom.

 

Through Arunodaya the Foundation identifies blind children (ages 5-12 years) from remote parts of India and prepares them in basic literacy and skills on 1-1 basis under trainers certified and trained by our team of qualified special educators. ​

Objectives

01

Provide a fair opportunity for the blind children to have a chance at life through school-readiness program​

02

Prepare  blind children to thrive within India’s existing social and educational systems.​

03

Enable education systems to integrate visually challenged children within regular classrooms such that these children become contributing members of society.

Rs. 6666/- or $ 83 a month can help a blind child get ready for school with the hope for better life!​

Learnings from our earlier programs

Technology for Visually Challenged Program​

  • Challenges in integration with sighted peers of same class levels​

  • Success of supplementary interventions (our program)​

  • Very few of the blind children get the opportunity of education​

  • We must start young to make a real impact (bridge the opportunity gap)

Success of the Train the Trainers Program

  • Local youth engagement​

  • Visible improvement in students' academic performance and local civic engagement

Execution Plan

 

One-on-one training for each child aimed at personalized training and nurturing the confidence of the child to move around in non-home surroundings (especially that of a school), develop their interest in learning and education, and prepare them to succeed at a regular school. ​

Phase 1 (6 Months): Training

 

After completion of the preliminary training, the children will join schools in their locality. For a period of six months, they will be assisted in their commutes between home and school, and movements in the school. Trainers will observe the children’s interaction and participation in the school.​

Phase 2 (6 Months): Assimilation

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Pilot Implementation in Two Indian States​

1. Uttar Pradesh (March 2022)

25 Students | 25 Trainers​

2. Chhattisgarh (July 2022)

8 Students | 8 Trainers​

Upcoming Scale:​

1. West Bengal

Recruitment starts in 4Q 2022​

Partnerships

 

Research Partner ​

  • National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities, India​

Curriculum and Training Modules Development​ || Workshops and Trainings​

Strategic Partners

 

  • Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Government of India's flagship program for achievement of Universalization of Elementary Education)​

  • Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan (Government of  India’s initiative on improving quality of education for all students, including children with special needs)​

Collaboration with like-minded organizations to scale the program​

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Donation Options​

Per child cost for the 1-year program duration

 is Rs. 80,000/- or USD1,000

  • Sponsor a blind child’s education​

  • Sponsor multiple children​

  • Fund a particular state​

  • Lumpsum donation​