Visits to VIP schools
The first visit to VIP schools was conducted on Monday 25th July, 2016. The school selected was Light House school for blind girls, Abbottabad. This private school is a unique institution in many ways, being an all-girls school, and it provides boarding facility for girls from far flung areas, which is non-existent in any other VIP institution in KPK. The visiting team of AAAP communications comprised Ammar Masood, project head; IT Manager Imran Sikandar; Finance Manager Qandeel Sardar and the audio video production team of 1 producer, Maryam Haq and 2 camera men. The number of students enrolled is 25 and fortunately, all of them were available at that time. There were 4 teachers and some admin staff. 3 of the teachers were visually impaired but not trained in special education teaching. The interaction with students and survey gave us a good insight into the educational problems faced by these girls. We saw teachers teaching in classes. We listened to the students’ issues in detail, learned about their school activities and games, saw their syllabus and method of learning. We also gave each student and teacher the Talking Watch which is an absolute necessity for them.
On the 10th of August, AAAP communications team visited Government primary institute for blind boys. The school has 20- 25 enrolments and some ex-students were also invited to meet the surveying team. The building was in shambles, and had clear signs of sustaining damage in earth quakes etc. Classrooms were cramped and too small to accommodate children. There were computers but no instructor and hence, no use of them. The children were too old for their classes and standard of education was quite unsatisfactory. Surprisingly enough, the number of teachers were more than required. This school was actually over staffed, even though the students failed to satisfy us on educational front. Also the students were engaged in weaving cane chairs. Teachers were more in number than required but none of them was professionally trained to teach the visually impaired.
Hong Kong VIP School Visit
During the first week of September, the management of AAAP Communications arranged for a visit to The Hong Kong Society for the Blind (www.hksb.org.hk) HKSB has an extensive range of services for the visually impaired starting with Vision screening, Eye care, education and community support, adaptive equipment like braille and speech products and a lot more. They are continuously working for the improvement in the quality of life of the visually impaired. The purpose of this visit was to learn about the best practices and their methods of teaching and counseling the VIPs.
CEO AAAP communications Mr. Ammar Masood and Director Shanila Sikandar were given a detailed tour of the facility and working of the school. They were also interested in learning about the condition of the blind community in Pakistan but were visibly shocked and saddened learning about the dismal situation of the visually impaired schools in Pakistan
Advocacy Session at Pearl Continental Hotel, Peshawar
On 15th October, AAAP Communications organized an Advocacy session at Pearl Continental Hotel, Peshawar. Director General Social Welfare and Special Education Naeem Khan attended the session along with renowned columnist Tamgha e Imtiaz recipient Nasir Ali Syed, Visually impaired professor and PhD Scholar Gul Zamin Khan, First visually impaired social welfare officer in KPK Sana Iqbal and Yasir Saleem. Numerous members of media and development sector were also present.
Symposium in Islamabad Club
AAAP Communications in collaboration with Center for policy studies COMSATS celebrated White Cane Week with a Symposium held in Islamabad Club on 17th October 2016. Ambassador Fauzia Nasreen, Head of Center for Policy Studies, Ammar Masood, CEO AAAP Communications, renowned psychologist Dr. Mowaddat Rana, Visually impaired PhD scholar Gul Zamin, PTI MNA Ali Mohammad, Advisor to CM Baluchistan Mr. Jan Achakzai, TV Anchor Matiullah Jan and Samina Waqar were among the esteemed guests. The event was moderated by PTV anchorperson Tanzila Mazhar. Senior members of various NGOs and government institutions were also present at the event.
Radio Program Schedule
Program 8 October 26, 2016