Bethel’s school for the visually impaired was set up in September 2004. It started humbly in one room with 10 students and one teacher. With no access to adaptive technology or resources for the blind in Chinese, the teachers had to create their own educational structure. In the beginning, the children would count grains of rice so that their fingertips would get use to the small texture (which would also help them with Braille). In time, Bethel could buy Braille paper and the equipment to manually write Braille.
Today there are 4 full-time teachers, 2 assistant teachers and 24 students. The Bethel school went from 20 to 1000 m2. As the school grows, the standard remains to stay as competitive and technologically advanced as any of the top tier schools dealing with the same disability. A sponsorship program has been established to help cover the cost of the school. Our main goal is to help these students become independent citizens.
To achieve such a goal, this model has been initiated:
School Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
Teacher Code of Conduct