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"Education for All Round Development"
Ramghat, Pokhara-12

To trace out the history of the education for the blind, 1962 was the first year to introduce the special education for the blind. But the formal education was launched in 1965 at Laboratory School, Kathmandu. Late Janga Bahadur Bogati was the first blind teacher to teach Braille to the Blind tudentes. Amarsingh Higher Secondary School was selected by the government to conduct the Integrated Education program for the blinds and visually impaired children especially from this western development region of the country in 1981. The International Year of the Disables. 147 blind and visually students have passed their SLC till 2013 and 52 students are in the school for the year 2014.
The hostel building which was used for the student under Solders' Boar Vocational training High School constructed in 1957 was used for the blind students in 1981. The tin roofe hostel was in need of restoring or reconstructed. Then management committee and the school administration forwarded a proposal for the possible support from British Gurkhas Center, Pokhara. Major Willis Richard from 7 Gurkha Regiment, then OC office commanding of the camp in Pokhara, was surprised to see the condition of the building and promised to find the support. By his inspiration we were able to construct a new building with the capacity of about 40 blind students in 1992. His son Kevin Willis followed the footsteps of his late father to extend the capacity of the hostel to adjust about 60 blind students in 2002.
Administrative Chart
The program is running successfully under the supervision and guidance of the school management committee with grant support from Special Education Council through District Education Office.
School Management Committee-> Headmaster -> Section In-charge -> Resource teacher, Hostel Warden, Transcribers -> Caretaker, cook, poen.
Admission Process
During the early years of the program in 1980s, the campaign for the enrollment of the students had to be organized to find the required number of blind students. But the pressure of the number is increasing day by day. The following procedures should be completed by a candidate to get admission in the program.
1. Contact and Enrollment
2. Recommendation from the VDC or Municipality
3. A certificate from the Eye hospital stating non-curable further.
4. Age equal to or above 6 years.
5. Priority will be given to those if the parents are inspired to pay the hostel fees.
As mentioned earlier that the program was started in 1981, three blind students appeared in the SLC Examination for the first time in 1986. One of them passed in first division and the other two in second divisions. 147 blind and visually impaired students have have passed the SLC till 2013. Out of them 2 passed in first division with distinction 84 in first division and 62 in second divisions. After completing SLC, more than 120 students have completed (some still studying) higher education from different campuses. We are proud of those more than 74 stars out of 147 who have been employed in different income generating programs (mainly teaching profession) and leading an independent life.
Management of Textbooks
In the context of Nepal, the Braille books are not in easy access for most of the blind students as it seems with the text books for the normal sighted students. The bulky books are not affordable for them as well. The government has tried its best to provide the text books for every student, But it is costlier and they are not sufficient. And we are getting the books from the government has tried its best to provide the text books for every students. But it is costlier and they are not sufficient. And we are getting the books from the government. When we do not get the books in time sufficiently, our transcribers produce the textbooks in Braille with the manual Brailler. Now we have 2 Braille Embossers to reduce the pressure of the demand of Braille books. For this we are thankful to Mrs. Tetsuko, a Japanese volunteer who raised the fund and supported us through UNICEF Nepal and Mrs. Heather Willis from The U.K.
Educational and Co-curricular Activities
The students can get the formal education up to standard ten. The same curriculum is followed developed by the Curriculum Development Center. The textbooks are prepared accordingly. Regarding the examination system, the students write their answer copies in Braille up to standard Seven. From class eight, they are helped by a writer to write their answers but she or he is junior by one grade. Though the formal education is the prime objective for the students, we can deny the importance of the co-curricular activities. The blind and visually impaired students take part equally in different activities and compete with other sighted peers in different levels. They participate with excellent performances in the national level sports and games organized for the blinds and disable people. The students are excellent in music programs and raise fund to organize trips to different places with historical, religious and geographical importance of the country and other countries.
Low Vision Program
When we consider the spectrum of visual impairment, it covers a high range of category from total blindness to 6/18 of visual acuity. Till late 90s all with total blindness to and low vision were considered and equally treated as they were total blind. It was injustice for those who have residual vision. Hence in co-operation with Himalaya Eye Hospital and Dark and Light Foundation. The Netherlands, the school launched the program for the students with low vision in 2000. For the educational rehabilitation the school has set a low vision resource center. For this Himalaya Eye Hospital, Pokhara and Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh have been helping in technical fields like clinical assessment, training for the teachers and optical low vision devices etc.
Blind Hostel

Scholarship Program and Networking with other Organizations
The school expresses its cordial admiration to a number of organizations and well wishers to have hand in hand in the course of running the program sucessfully.
* Special Education Council
* District Education Office
* Virtues Children of Nepal * British Gurkha Welfare Center, Pokhara
* Ganesh Bahadur Bhattarai & BOOMERANG Scholarship
* Rish Keshav Parajuli & Basanta Keshav Parajuli
* Social Worker Damber Bahadur Shrestha
* Mrs. Heather Willis
* Epecia France
* Regional Polis Office, Western wing
* Friends of Needy Children, Kathmandu
* Himalaya Eye Hospital and Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh
* Nepal Association for the Welfare of the Blind Association of the Blind
* UNICEF Nepal
* Local Government Agencies and NGOs
Teachers and staff 2014
S.N Name Designation
1 Nabaraj Paudel Headmaster
2 Naresh Nepal Section In-Charge
3 Lok Bdr Grg Resource Teacher
4 Niranjan Lohani Teacher
5 Shanta Chhetri Transcriber
6 Sunita Poudel Transcriber
7 Bishnumaya B.K Teacher
8 Sita Poudel Teacher
9 Rita Thapa Care Taker
10 Ramrati Tharu Cook
11 Lodar Tharu Peon
Students reading in Braille book
Record of the students for the year 2014
Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
Boys 8 1 1 4 7 1 4 3 29
Girls 4 2 1 1 2 2 2 4 5 23
Braille Book of Class 6