After thorough evaluation of experience gained through interactions with various agencies, and with complete dedication, sensitivity and of our capacity, we found that school teachers can play a very crucial role in making school children aware of prevention of blindness. After conducting many dialogues, meetings, seminars and workshops, it was decided that school children should be en-lighted by the teachers regarding blindness and other eye ailments and through parents-teachers meetings guardians should be included in this process.
In order to implement the above mentioned task Blindness Prevention Awareness Manual is being proposed. The aim of this manual is to provide awareness material and simple methods to prevent blindness which can be easily passed on to the children.
About the Manual
This manual is prepared in such a way that not only can the children become sensitive towards their eyes, but they can understand the difficulties and problems faced by blind persons. While preparing the manual, special focus is given for activities, so that the child can realize the significance of eyes and take proper care. Soon after doing the first activity the child will realize the significance of eyes, and if the eyes do get harmed due to any reason, he will face lots of problems in his life; this fact can easily be realized by children by doing the activities given in this manual. Through second activity we have tried to explain the significance of eyes and problems faced by them in case if the eyes are damaged. Our motive is to encourage the children to Interact with Blind people and help them and treat them equally. After explaining the significance of eyes in their life, we will make them aware about the eye diseases and their symptoms through various activities in this manual.
Sometimes it’s not always possible to detect eye problems with symptoms alone. That’s why it is very important to know how to examine the eyes in normal way. In Activity 4, it will be explained how to take care and examine the eyes normally without taking help of eye specialist.
After having the information regarding the significance of eyes, diseases and its symptoms and general observation, it is essential to know how to protect our eyes. While discussing with children we have tried to explain to the children how to take care of their eyes, the do’s and don’t’s in protecting the eyes. At the end of these activities, information is provided for the teachers regarding the ways the eyes work, eye diseases and its symptoms, cure and protection so that teachers can use this information while discussing with children after the end of activity.