For more than thirty years the Pattaya Redemptorist School for the blind has provided an education for the blind and visually impaired children who have arrived from all over the Kingdom of Thailand.
Students at the school follow a curriculum set by the Thai Ministry of Education, but they must also learn skills that will enable them to become more independent and self reliant.
From an early age students learn to read and write using the Braille language system and as youngsters they will start to learn to use a white cane, thereby making it easier to get from one location to another.
They will receive vocational training and will gain the knowledge and skills which will give them the opportunity to become independent and worthwhile member of society.
The school also encourages the students to take part in sports, giving the students a sense of achievement, and many students have represented the province and the country at national and worldwide sporting competitions.
A statement from Wayne Narag - trip 2017
One place which I wanted to highlight is the blind centre, where we learnt and experienced what the blind teenagers (or the blind in general) had to go through in their every day routines. But whatever their backgrounds, they always smiled when we talked to them and when we played
goal-ball (a Paralympic sport). It was also quite amusing to see fellow classmates wack the walking stick every where when they were blindfolded. The small time we had with them really reflected our differences, even through them, we bonded respectively.
A statement from Estelle Uba - trip 2015
I can't begin to describe what an unforgettable experience the whole trip was, so I will focus on an aspect of the trip that I particularly felt an emotional attachment to. On Monday 26th October, Day 3 of our mission to Thailand, we visited the Blind School in Pattaya. When we first arrived, we went for walks around the school whilst blindfolded with only a person or a guide stick to assist us. This was difficult because we each had to place our complete trust in the person that was guiding us. Furthermore, we were taught how to write in Braille using a typewriter and a needle and paper. It was impressive to see the blind students decipher what we typed simply by feeling the dots that were imprinted onto the paper. It showed me that blind people are not as incapable as myself and society in general deems them to be. Later on, we played goal ball with blindfolds on, a game which blind people play for leisure. This was enjoyable as it challenged us to rely on our hearing in order to catch the ball that was hurtled towards us, preventing it from entering our goal post. Overall, visiting the blind school was a mesmerising experience which encouraged me to appreciate my blessings without necessarily looking down on those who have a disability. Prior to the Thailand mission, I was constantly feeling pity for the blind or anyone else who suffers from a disability, whereas now, I am now able to acknowledge that they are capable in their own ways and respect them as individual beings.