Sao Mai Education Fund 

Last update: 12 August, 2008

Computer education for blind women

 

        

This program was started in 2003 with a first group of  four  women who were trained for six months. 

For two of  them we extended the training so that they could become instructors to another group of  four, 

and from mid 2004 until now the trainer is only Ms Phan Thuy Phuong who is now a skilled computer instructor 

able to train also low vision and sighted students.

Although official figures are not available, we easily noticed that blind women in Vietnam have less access to education.

To have a blind child in Vietnam is quite a cultural and a social problem for most families and when the child is a girl 

the solution is often to keep her in the house.

In our experience in Vietnam  we met blind women working as  unskilled labour, such as making toothpicks, 

or trained as masseuses to provide a service at 20% of the market price for a 1 hour massage. Why?

During our visits to the five schools for the blind  and to blind associations in Vietnam we never had the chance 

to meet a woman in the teaching profession or as the head of a provincial blind association. Why?

Instead of looking for answers we decided to do something and we started the program in collaboration 

with the local blind associations. They would select and suggest the women to be trained according to 

certain necessary basic requirements. 

By acquiring computer skills the blind women discover a world of knowledge and communication tools available 

to them in their own language. They can learn school subjects by themselves, access information, listen to music, 

play games, read books and finally play a role in their communities when they go back home after the training.

When we decided to start this program we made a choice in favour of a category of people who are among 

the most neglected.

The women stay in the Center for a term of three months that can be extended if necessary. 

The Center offers them free accomodation, so the trainees leave their place of residence and live togheter 

at the Center for three months. They learn togheter, help each other and make new friends. 

Then they go back with new tools and a new perception of the world. 

 

 

Name

born

 

From

 

Up to

 

months

Place of residence

24 To Thi Thanh Thuy 1971 1 Aug  2008   3 Soc Trang Province
23 Nguyen Thi La 1975 1 Aug  2008   3 Soc Trang province
22 Nguyen Thi Nghiem

1963

1 Mar. 2008 July 2008

5

Long An Province
21 Tran Minh Hong 1987 1 Mar. 2008 July 2008

5

Quang Ngai Province
20 Ho Thi Tuyet Nhung 1979 1 Mar. 2008 July 2008

5

Nha Trang
19 Tran Thi No 1985 15 Nov 2007 15 May 2008

6

Vung Tau
18 Dinh Thi Hien 1989 15 Nov 2007 15 May 2008

6

Ben Tre

17

Pham Thi Kim Thoa

1986

1 Oct. 2006

March 2007

6

Ben Tre

16

Do Thi Thanh Long

1982

1 Oct. 2006

March 2007

6

Lam Dong

15

Nguyen Hoang Phi Long

1988

1 July 2006

 

2

Tay Ninh

14

Luyen Thi Hoa

1989

5 April 2006

 

6

Nghe An Province

13

Nguyen Thi Tuyet Nhung

1983

5 April 2006

 

6

Dong Thap Province

12

Huynh Thi Khuyen

1964

5 Sept. 2005

 

3

Binh Duong Province

11

Tran Thi Dieu Hien

1988

1 June 2005

 

3

Long An Province

10

Phan Thi My Thanh

1986

1 Oct. 2004

 

6

Tien Giang Province

9

Huynh Thi Kim Em

1988

15 June 2004

 

3

An Giang Province  

8

Dinh Thi Thu Thuy

1976

1 Sep. 2003

 

3

Can Tho Province

7

Nguyen Thi Suong Mai

1985

1 Sep. 2003

 

3

Tay Ninh Province

6

Le Thi Tuyet Nhung

1986

1 Sep. 2003

 

3

Binh Phuoc Province

5

Vo Thi Thu Hang

1980

1 Sep. 2003

 

3

Vung Tau Province

4

Ño Nhu Thuy

1962

15 Feb. 2003

 

6

Dong Nai Province

3

Nguyen Minh Thuy

1983

15 Feb. 2003

May 2004

15

Ben Tre Province

2

Phan Thuy Phuong

1983

15 Feb. 2003

Dec. 2008

*

An Giang Province

1

Le Diem Lan

1984

15 Feb. 2003

 

6

Tay Ninh Province

* She was first trained and is now tutor in the Program. 

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