Izhevsk. A Lesson in Journalism with Closed Eyes was held at the Centre for Social Production “Zhuraveinik”

30/03/2021 11:00

A journalism lesson with closed eyes was held at the Centre for Social Production “Zhuraveinik”. Children with disabilities, students of the Faculty of Philology and the Faculty of Journalism of UdSU became its participants. The guys listened to the first audio lesson from the new textbook. The task of the focus group was to listen to the lesson with closed eyes and imagine how blind people who dream of becoming a journalist perceive the material.

The first topic, which the guys listened to, is called “Long before journalism”. The guys learned with interest about what information is, when a person had a need to exchange information, how people transmitted information at different times. The methods were unusual: rock paintings, bottle mail, messengers, clay boards, pigeon mail.

The guys noted that it is very interesting to learn what was long before journalism. This is useful not only for blind children, but also for any schoolchild and even an adult. It is also fun to do the tasks that are given after the lesson. They can be done with friends, in class, or alone.

Recall, in August 2020, the project “Teaching journalism for young people and children over 12 years old with disabilities due to eye disease and its accessory apparatus “Journalism Lessons of for the Blind” won a special competition of the Presidential Grants Foundation. The International Union of Non-Governmental Organizations “Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly” implements this project with the grant of the President of the Russian Federation for social services, social support and protection of citizens, provided by the Presidential Grants Foundation.

The relevance and social significance of the project is obvious. More than 1000 special children of the Volga Federal District will have access to a unique digital manual for acquiring professional skills in journalism. This will help them further determine their career interests, develop their creative abilities, and involve them in the interesting world of journalism.

Working on a textbook is a great collective effort. The project “Journalism Lessons for the Blind” 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, leaders and employees of educational and rehabilitation centres, regional centres of the All-Russian Society of the Blind, famous journalists, as well as parents of children with disabilities.

Alena Selezneva