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The School for the Blind Colombo gets a dedicated English classroom

May 2015 │ Sri Lanka

This year, Deutsche Bank Colombo Branch funded the renovation of a dedicated English classroom for the School of the Blind, Ratmalana. About 20 Deutsche Bank staff took part in inspection and preparation visits prior to the renovation, which included equipping the classroom with new items such as tables, chairs, posters, a sound system, cupboards, a computer, books and provision for converting storybooks into Braille. The classroom now resembles a computer lab, allowing students to walk in individually, or in groups, to learn the language through reading and listening in a comfortable environment.

A ceremonial handover took place on May 23, with Mr. Rohan Rodrigo, Deutsche Bank Colombo’s Chief Country Officer, handing over the facility to the school authorities.

The Bank’s volunteers also attended a handover ceremony on May 30 which included songs performed by a group of blind students. Volunteers spent a half day speaking and interacting with the children. Some helped to convert story books into Braille. The day ended with a friendly but intense game of cricket between the School of Blind cricket team vs Deutsche Bank Colombo Branch cricket team, making the event a truly memorable one.

The School of the Blind, Ratmalana provides educational support for children who are suffering from either vision or hearing impairment. For over 100 years, the school has educated marginalised children and provided them with an opportunity to better integrate with society.

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Last Update: June 25, 2015
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