Raised of MYR 100,000.00 target.
We are fundraising to keep the Learning Includes by DIA Academy (education for the blind and mentally impaire), which is established since 2017, to restart operation. Operation is stopped becuase of lack of funding, and students are waiting to continue their education.
Unequal access to education is a prevailing problem faced by the visually impaired (VI) / blind and other PWD students globally, including our students in Malaysia. These students are often left behind in their studies, hindering them to progress in education that plays a significant role in securing better job opportunity.
This is mainly due to the limitation of braille books, (i.e. not updated timely, low portabilit y, expensive to produce) that is used as the primary education resource in the current education landscape (Zheng 2014). The VI / Blind students were also less motivated to perform better in their study, besides receiving less interaction, encouragement and involvement from the parents as more than half of them are staying in the school hostel.
On the other hand, the often neglected VI / blind and other disabled graduates in Malaysia are facing challenges to secure dignified jobs even with suitable qualifications (Sinar Harian Online 2017, Astro Awani 2018).
Marginalised by discrimination and misunderstanding in the society, majority of them are left with no choice but to work as masseuses, telemarketers and other jobs despite having the ability and potential to perform in other works. Not to mention that the charity paradigm and mindset that is custom to the south-east Asian community, which include Malaysia, further widen the gap of disabled community from the others, as they are given opportunities on the basis of sympathy and not based on their potential (World Economic Forum 2017). As a result, this community is trapped in a cycle of poverty.
We currently do not have enough funds to continue running this program and hope to fundraise enough to restart this education program!
By taking these challenges as the point of departure, we DIA Academy Sdn Bhd and SOS Missions, together with Sasbadi Online, MindTech Education, a wholly-owned subsidiary of leading public listed education publisher, Sasbadi Holdings Bhd and the Wonder Tree Learning Group from Pakistan , have collaborated to create a virtual / mobile tuition project by bringing existing assistive technology and the power of internet together to tackle the above problems.
Coming to the fifth year of the project, we have expanded to another 60 VI (visually impaired) / blind and another 20 Autistic and mentally challenge students as we strive towards bringing them one step closer towards equal education by providing them with the most accessible and blind-friendly virtual learning platform in the market to date.
This platform offers the students educational resources i.e. notes, trilingual dictionaries, practices, video lessons and sample exam paper that is hard; if not totally unavailable to them prior to this project’s intervention. It has assisted the teacher from the special / mixed school in lesson planning thus helps in reducing their workload.
In 2021 we also partnered with a Social Organisation from Pakistan, Wonder Tree Learning Group, to offer online Augmented Reality learning games to help the mentally challenges youths and children improve their learning capacities. For this learning project we are collaborating with a local private learning center, Breakthrough Learning Centre and to provide this learning tool to help this mentally impaired students. In the long term we hope that our Online learning platform will be a resourceful platform for all students irregardless of their impaired and medical conditions.
The project has also provided meaningful and dignified job opportunities to 3 VI / blind graduates as virtual tuition coach that were previously deprived off them. The VI / blind graduates were trained, empowered and equipped with computer skills, coaching skills, soft skills e.g. co mmunication skills, as well as serving as role models to inspire and motivate VI / blind students to never give up and also aiding them to improve in their studies.
Through our finding, the Social Return on Investment ratio for the current project is 1.435:1 which indicates that there is RM 1.435 worth social value received by our beneficiaries (the students and blind coaches) for every RM 1 invested.
Through this project, we aim to meet four of the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals which are (1) Quality Education, (2) Decent Work and Economic Growth, (3) Reducing Inequalities and (4) Partnerships for the Goals.
Raised of MYR 100,000.00 target.
Dialogue Includes All (DIA) is a tax exempt Social Enterprise that is transforming seen and unseen disabilities into potential. We run Dialogue in the Dark Malaysia, a world-renown role-reversal experiential tour that has welcomed 40,000+ visitors since its inception.