In May 2013, Vision Aid has completed the biggest ever outreach training program for teachers. This training camp spanning for nearly 3 months was at the request of Saint Mary Centenary College of Education, Vizag, which offers the largest Diploma in Education (D.Ed.) training program in this region.
The Vision-Aid training started in March 2013 and by May 2013, 88 teacher trainees of 1st and 2nd year D.Ed. programs have completed the training. Each candidate took the 12 session training and passed the test, graduating with Vision-Aid ACA certificates. A combined Valedictory ceremony was held on May 3, 2013.
Vision-Aid has received commission to conduct a similar camp for the more advanced 4-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) program that trains teachers for Primary/ Secondary schools, and this new program is planned soon.
Note: D.Ed. is a 2 year diploma, the prescribed qualification to be a teacher in an Elementary School. There is a great demand for D.Ed. teachers in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India and it is estimated that currently over 50,000 teachers are absorbed annually into the state’s school systems. Vision Aid’s ACA qualification adds to a teacher's ability to help visually impaired children integrate in regular classrooms. Many schools which have Integration/Inclusion initiatives are interested in this aspect of the teachers training since it helps to further the goal of an integrated classroom allowing children with visual disabilities integrate more easily into a regular classroom setting.