People with Albinism develop complex eye problems – untreated they lead to blindness. From birth, they have poor vision which becomes a huge disadvantage when children start going to school. Most class rooms in Tanzania are overcrowded – often there are 80 to 100 pupils per class. Teachers struggle with such large numbers – their task is made more difficult by lack of books and other teaching aids. Albino children in such crowded classes stand little chance of receiving special attention they badly need. Magnifying lenses, large print books and even simple practical measures such as allowing them to sit at the front of the classes, can help these children gain basic education.
Rotary is collaborating with other NGOs to offer specialist training to local Optometrists.