Royal Blind School donates equipment to Blind School in Malawi

Press Release: Friday May 22, 2015

Equipment from the Royal Blind School’s former campus in Craigmillar has been donated to a Blind School in Malawi.

A total of 32 boxes of resources no longer required by the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh since its campuses merged, including science and maths Braille equipment, were shipped over by the charity Malawi Association of Christian Support (MACS). They are now being used by low vision learners at the Nkope School for the Blind in southern Malawi.

The donation was arranged by Kay Bates, a retired science teacher from the Royal Blind School, who visited Malawi in 2009 on a MACS project

When Ms Bates realised there was equipment from the old building which could no longer be used by the school, but would be extremely useful in Malawi, she decided to fundraise so the materials could be shipped out.

The Malawian school has now received the goods and they are already making a difference. Specialist teacher Esaya Mtenje sent a letter of thanks to Kay Bates and everyone at the Royal Blind School, which said:-

“The contents of the boxes are too numerous to mention, but let you be assured that they will be put into good use.. Special thanks should go to the donation of the CCTV which has a great impact, especially to our learners with low vision. As I am writing, learners who are expected to sit for National examinations this year are using it. For this we say bravo our partners.”

Nothing in the shipment is going to waste - any equipment which would not be of benefit to pupils at the Blind School has been passed on to the local mainstream school and other school in the area.

For further information please contact:

Davina Shiell, Marketing and Fundraising Manager

Tel: 0131 222 2794, Mob: 07713 987797

davina.shiell@royalblind.org

Notes to editors:

• The Royal Blind School is a national grant aided special school that educates and cares for pupils who are blind or have a visual impairment, as well as those with additional support needs. www.royalblind.org/education

• The Royal Blind School is part of Royal Blind, a registered charity that runs services for blind and partially sighted people. Our vision at Royal Blind is to make a significant contribution to building a community in which blind and partially sighted people, including those who also have other disabilities, are fully included and lead fulfilling lives. www.royalblind.org

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