World Braille Foundation

World Braille Foundation

Scholarships and Awards - Previous Recipients

BARBARA MARJERAM BRAILLE LITERACY SCHOLARSHIP FOR BLIND WOMEN AND GIRLS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

 

2010 Recipients

Five students from Vietnam.

Tran Thi Kim Chuan - US$150
Nguyen Thi Thuy - US$150
Nguyen Thi Hieu - US$150
Nguyen Thi Thao - US$150
Pham Thi Kim Thoa - US$400

These five students are Braille users. Four will use their prize to assist with high school fees and one student is entering University.

Inaugural recipient - 2009

Barbara Marjeram with Nondumiso (Gloria) Shyongwe

 

Nondumiso Shyongwe (Gloria) - Swaziland
23 years old University Student from Swaziland received $500.

Nondumiso is learning Braille and with the additional funding will be able to attend University full-time.

 

 

GERALD DIRKS SCHOLARSHIP FOR ADVANCEMENT OF BRAILLE LITERACY


In this the inaugural year of the Gerald Dirks Leadership Award Scholarships of $1000 each have been awarded to Mademoiselle Josiane of Burkina Faso and to Ms Florence of Uganda and will be administered by the national associations of the blind in each country, UN-ABPAM and UNAB, respectively.

Josiane, a visually impaired woman with a Masters degree in Public Law, decided after university to pursue a career as an elementary school teacher. She began a two year teacher training programme in the fall of 2012 and has successfully completed the first year of this programme the scholarship will allow her to proceed to the second year which she will spend on a year's practicum at the UN-ABPAM School for Blind Youth, Ouagadougou.

Florence, a visually impaired woman, is already a teacher by profession teaching visually impaired children in an inclusive school. She will use her scholarship to cover the costs involved in a one year course in Special Needs Education at Kyambogo University with a specialization in the education of visually impaired children.

The winners of these two scholarships epitomize the objectives of the Gerald Dirks Scholarship for Advancement of Braille Literacy - "a commitment to Braille literacy, inclusive education for blind children and the expansion of employment opportunities for blind adults...within the African Union."

“Gerry would be pleased”!