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Blind? And so? Visually impaired children visit the German School Nairobi

Date 27/06/2013

How does one live as a blind person? This is the main topic of the literature book, "Behalt das Leben lieb" written by the Dutch author Jaap ter Haar, that Class 6 has been reading in their German class with Sven Jeglitza. The students enjoyed the topic so much, that Mr Jeglitza and the DaF teacher Karin Häggmark decided to put theory into practice.

17 completely or partially blind children of the Kilimani Primary School in Nairobi visited us at the German School with their teachers on Friday the 21st of June. Any reservations our students had were quickly broken down through singing and a "goal ball" game for the blind. Then the guests showed us how to use a "Brailler", a kind of typing machine for the blind, and how to read Braille. This was followed by a tour of the school by our Class 6 students, one of a different type though: a combination of guidance, description and feeling. It was a successful morning, in terms of inclusion, interculturality, and even had the students asking for more: "And when, Mr Jeglitza," asked Julian Allnoch as the guests were leaving, "will we visit Kilimani Primary School?"

We thank the Resource Centre of the German School Nairobi who paid for the transport and meals.

 Karin Häggmark


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