Odisha inks MoU for blind students

The Odisha government has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with international non-governmental organization (NGO) Sightsavers to strengthen education for blind students.

On behalf of Odisha government’s School & Mass Education Department, the Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority (OPEPA) signed the MoU with Sightsavers.

The NGO will be providing technical support to OPEPA to strengthen mainstream education for blind and low vision students in general schools across the state.

OPEPA will also get technical support from Sightsavers for disability management, low vision assessment, curriculum and special skill development among visually impaired students.

The initiative is taken to promote capacity building of resource and classroom teachers for quality education delivery among special children.

Initially, the project will reportedly target around 25,000 visually-challenged students, besides enabling suitable environment at general schools across Odisha for around 1.3 lakh students with special needs.

Sightsavers will demonstrate how to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based education, low vision devices, daisy players, tablets, accessible education materials, and disabled-friendly Teaching Learning Materials (TLM) for strengthening education for visually-impaired students.