MUB MINI PROJECT REPORT
REPORT ON ENROLMENT OF MORE BLIND CHILDREN IN
Malawi Union of the Blind is an organization formed by few blind people in 1994
to look into the well being of the blind and further their interest. The union has
about one thousand three hundred (1300) members. It has established 12
branches throughout the country for easy operation of its activities. It has the
Executive Board, the Board of Trustees, the youth wing and women’s wing. It
has also established the secretariat as its operation center.
Through the advocacy of MUB, the number of secondary schools which enroll
visually impaired students has been raised as well as the number of the intake at
the university. Further more, some people who have finished their education
have been employed. We received K99, 970.00 from FEDOMA to run this
First we had a planning meeting on 19th January 2006 followed by a meeting with
the social welfare, T/A Chitera, the representative from the District Commissioner
and 5 members of MUB. After that we planned to have a meeting parents of
visually impaired children on the 8th March unfortunately the parents did not
come to the meeting. The third meeting was with the DEM, PEAs and the head
teachers of Nyungwi Zone, which is in the area of Traditional Authority Chitera
and parents with visually impaired children and seven members of the Union.
Mostly we discussed with them the main aim of the project, which is enrolling
more blind children in school, especially those school found in their areas, that is
itinerant teaching programme. What MUB does in term of education and what
we wanted them to do in order to implement the project. We also explained to
them that our project is funded by Norwegian Association of the Disabled through
the Federation of Disability Organisations in Malawi (FEDOMA)
People welcomed the idea and promised to work hand in hand with us for the
success of the project. However we faced some problems like parents were not
turning up due to poor communication with the District Commissioner’s office at
Chiradzulu District as a result we wasted a lot of money.
The project started on 19th January with the planning meeting. We after that had
eight meeting as follows: -
2 planning meetings
1 meeting with the T/A Chitera and chiefs
1 meting with the parents and they did not turn up
We had another meeting with the DEM, PEAs and head teachers. We then
decided to go back to meet with the parents and this time they came. After that,
we had the drafting of the report and then we had final report.
The project was successful, though we had some failures people welcomed the
idea. The DEM asked us to work hand in hand with him in lobbying government
to provide materials and itinerant teachers for the successfulness of the project.
At the end of the project six (6) children were identified.