Education for Blind Students in Thailand
I had a chance to attend the meeting at Thailand Association of the Blind on the other day. The meeting was to discuss about the issues related to education in Thailand towards blind students in order to write a proposal to present to the Minister of Education.
I was shocked to know the fact that how under educated blind people in Thailand are. There are only around 2,200 students in the education system right now – from kindergarten to university. This 2,200 compare to the number of expected blind students in Thailand and those who already registered as disabed (around 10,000) beside the fact of hundred of thousands of blind people in Thailand according to the statistics indicated by many reputable organisation. This issue is really discouraging.
From around 2,200 blind students, only several of them have the opportunity to continue to higher level such as bachelor or master. There're only approximately 50 students graduated high school (grade 12) each year. Some years can be more or less. The reason that this is so is because of the barriers that prevent blind students from succeeding in education. The barriers can range from unavailability of learning material and support to attitude of schools and public as well as opportunities given to these students. Blind people also citizens of Thailand. They too, should have equal right to participate in the education so that they can be independent and be able to help develop our country.