Tibet: blind children given free audio books

Recently, the School for Blind Children in Lhasa received audio books donated by camera crew from the short documentary, “Aiding-Tibet: How Science and Technology are Changing Tibet” co-produced by People's Daily and China Association of Science and Technology.   

"These audio books are very helpful for the children, not only in increasing their reading choices, but also expanding their range of knowledge. They are very useful to the kids,” said Gyaincain, head of the School for Blind Children in Lhasa.

He hopes to help more blind children change their lives, give them opportunities, and enable them to become productive members of society.  

The School for Blind Children in Lhasa was founded by a blind German woman named Sabriye, and her husband, in 1997. The blind children here are mostly from within Tibet.

They learn languages and skills with a three-year curriculum, then continue studying at a general school or work after graduation.   

The school offers basic education as the foundation, and the following courses: English, Tibetan, Chinese, computer, art, music, etc. Children not only receive training in basic living skills but also lessons in massage, hand-knitting, cheese-making, computer technology, and other kinds of vocational skills.

The school is primarily funded by donations from various sectors of society, according to Gyaincain.