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How blind children learn about reproductive health?

date_range2019-03-15

Have you ever wondered how will blind children learn about reproductive health? How can they imagine the organs in their body if they can’t see? A reproductive health lesson for girls at Thien An Shelter, belonging to the life skills training project for the blind, was organized by a collaboration between IBID and Saigon Children’s Charity. The teachers in the life skills training YMCA organized a lively, fun and easy to understand class for blind children with the specific pedagogical skill.All the topics included in this training are communication skills – relationship building, effective learning methods, time management skills, negative emotions management skills, children’s rights, risks of children being abused and how to protect themselves, right attitudes in relationship building, reproductive health education and safe sex.

The children are visualizing the shape of the uterus

In reproductive health education for girls, they learned about the structure of the female reproductive system, menstrual cycle and how to calculate the menstrual cycle,  hygiene instructions, the signs that one must go to see the doctor. All that knowledge is very difficult for them to understand.Therefore, the teachers helped them to imagine in special ways, for examples put together two hands to make lotus bulb form to symbolize female reproductive system and its structure, or raise both hands as an eagle flapping its wings to imagine the uterus and ovary shape. Even though being little shy, they were still interested in this way of learning. Moreover, some of them bravely asked the teacher about what they didn’t understand and were answered satisfactorily.

They’re studying the structure of female reproductive system.

A teacher shared: “the difficult thing about teaching blind children is repetition in order to make sure they understand and remember, so the class is sometimes a bit boring because they just listen and don’t join any activities”. Another young teacher first came said: “I didn’t expect the children to be so optimistic, they taught me that my friends and I are luckier than many people and there is no reason we have to be pessimistic about this life.” Asked about the feeling for this course, they straightforwardly shared “Initially, because of not being used to it some teachers
feel a little bit confused so it’s hard to understand but then they adapt and create more interesting ways of teaching and help us understand better”

Happy and lively class

The training course is half-way finished. Thanks to IBID sponsors and enthusiastic teachers, nuns in shelter and the other teachers, the children know how to protect themselves, recognize their values, and control their emotions in different situations in the real world. These are extremely important to help children become independent and integrate with the community.

 

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