“Lessons in Journalism for Blind Children” - this is the name of a new textbook that experts from the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly of peoples of Eurasia started working on. The audio textbook will allow children with vision problems to get acquainted with the basics of journalism. The textbook will contain several sections that will allow studying the genres of journalism and stylistic features, the history of world and Russian journalism.
Recall, that in August 2020, the project of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly “Lessons in Journalism for Blind Children” won the special contest of the Presidential Grants Fund. It was highly estimated by a team of experts. The relevance and social significance of the project are obvious. More than 1000 “special” children of the Volga Federal District will have access to a unique audio guide for acquiring professional skills in journalism. This will allow them to further define their career interests, develop their creative abilities, and involve them in the interesting world of journalism.
The project “Teaching journalism for young people and children over 12 years of age with disabilities due to eye disease and its adnexa” Lessons in Journalism for Blind Children” is implemented by the International Union of Non-Governmental Organizations “Eurasian Peoples' Assembly” with the use of a Grant from the President of the Russian Federation for social services, social support and protection of citizens provided by the Presidential Grants Fund.
Project manager Olga Chirkova is a well-known specialist in the field of creating inclusive methods. Her activities, headed by the Centre for Social Production “Zhuraveinik” and the project EURASIA KIDS, have received wide recognition. Many of her pupils study at the journalism faculties in the largest universities in Russia.
One of the first to support the idea of creating a textbook was the famous journalist Aleksey Samoletov. Among his social initiatives is an audio project “Tales of the World Nations”, which was highly appreciated by teachers, parents of blind children and warmly received by young listeners.
The audio textbook is being developed with the consulting help of Eurasian journalists: Dmitry Brickman (Israel) and Hayato Matsumoto (Japan), journalists who have a large experience working with the project's target audience.
The project “Lessons in Journalism for the Blind Children” involves professionals and enthusiasts who develop inclusive additional education for young people and children with diseases of the eye and its accessory apparatus - teachers, typhlopedagogues, psychologists, managers and employees of educational and rehabilitation centres, regional centres of the All-Russian Society of the Blind, parents of children with disabilities.
The project “Lessons in Journalism for Blind Children” is a continuation of the joint activities of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly and the Udmurt regional children's public organization “Centre for Social Production “Zhuraveinik” as part of the EURASIA KIDS project, launched in 2018.