First batch of undergraduate students enroll in Nanjing School for the Blind

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/9/27 19:03:41


An instructor asks the students of the Nanjing School for the Blind to walk hand in hand, a special training method for blind people, during their military training on September 26, 2018.  Photo: VCG

The first batch of undergraduates of the Nanjing School for the Blind started their military training on Wednesday. Military training is a fundamental part of defense education. All across China, elementary, middle and high school students and undergraduates all have military training, either when the term starts, or after the National Day, which falls on October 1.

Students at the Nanjing School for the Blind are undergoing a week of military training, before beginning their course work on October 8.

All 20 students in the class are blind or low-vision students. They are studying acupuncture, moxibustion and tuina.

The undergraduate class was jointly organized by the Nanjing School for the Blind and the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine.

The school has become the only full-time school in the country that accepts students ranging from kindergarten to undergraduates.

 It is the most complete school for the blind in the country. The undergraduate class is composed of eight boys and 12 girls, and they will spend five years studying.

The school has prepared three different versions of textbooks - braille, enlarged text and general - according to the degree of students' visual impairment.

Tang Yunqing, the principal of the Nanjing School for the Blind, said that the school has a history of more than 90 years. It began as a primary school only. Middle school and vocational education was added in the 1960s. It opened a preschool in 2015 and a high school in 2016.

"Last July, with the help of the China Disabled Persons' Federation, the Ministry of Education approved the establishment of an undergraduate program for the major of visually handicapped massage and acupuncture. It began to recruit students with visual impairments this year," Tang said.

In order to take this undergraduate class, students are required to undergo special exams for the blind. During the five years of undergraduate study, the students' professional courses are delivered by staff from the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine. The information technology courses, physical education classes, accommodation, and management issues will be the responsibility of the Nanjing School for the Blind.

Sun Chenghua is one of the freshmen in the undergraduate class. After graduating from a technical secondary school for the blind last year, he was admitted to the medical-rehabilitation major for a junior college, but decided to give up.

"I heard last year that the school was going to open a bachelor's degree program. So I finally decided to give up junior college and turn my efforts into winning admission into the undergraduate class," Sun told the Nanjing Daily.

"Today, when I arrived at the university, I was particularly pleased that I could accept education in a familiar environment, which was a happy thing. Finishing my undergraduate degree will also be a great help to my future employment," he said.

A blind student plays the piano as Italian pianist Carlo Levi Minzi visits the School on April 20, 2018. Photo: VCG

A teacher helps the blind children with balance training on September 7, 2018. Photo: VCG

Blind students use special paper and pens to write the Chinese character "sun" on April 23, 2017. Photo: VCG

The drillmaster regulates the movements of the blind students during their military training on September 26, 2018. Photo: VCG



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