Inner Vision Light Music Training Center is pioneer schools for its uniqueness in training musical instruments and music for the visually impaired people.

By Haftu Gebrezgabiher |

Inner Vision Light Music Training Center was established 14 years back with the objective of philanthropic activity through music training for people living with visual impairment. Since then, it has graduated 52 visually impaired persons. The school is a pioneer schools in Ethiopia and even in Africa for its uniqueness in training musical instruments and music for the visually impaired people. Presently, the AAU Yared Music School has opened its door for the visually impaired to join its departments, 50 years late from its establishment. Regarding this, the school gets most of its students and trainers from Inner Vision Light Music Training Center. We are delightful to happen to see such a case, General Manager of the College Asrat Tilahun told reporters during the 7th annual Culture Week Festival of Addis Ababa City Culture and Tourism Bureau, which was held at the Addis Ababa Exhibition Center recently.

Asrat noted that due to the absence of such schools in states, most of the students are from the countryside. “After the fulfillment of the prerequisites set for the entrance of TVET level education, they render 10+1 up to 10+3 diploma training. Recently the third batch has graduated. Some of the graduates are working under the ministry of education as managing directors and music teachers. Some ten years back, they were low-income payees but now they have managed to earn good money and improve their lives. Some have established their own families and become models for others.”

These days, she stressed, as the rental fees of houses are mounting in Addis, we are facing big problems to cover such and other expenses. Even students who hail from the countryside are living in rented lodgings. “The government has adopted a special need policy to ensure the benefit of persons with disabilities. But such policies must not be a paper tiger one, for there is only a limited practical action in translating the policy. By way of encouragement, pertinent offices, government officials need come and visit our school, tap us on the back and lend us a helping hand before the school grinds to a halt for want of financial backing.

Regarding financial issues, we get aid from international agencies and non-governmental organizations. But now leaning on donation is becoming very challenging. Against this backdrop, we are indebted to the media outlets for the promotional work they try to assist as with. Next to this, we thank the Addis Ababa Culture and Tourism Bureau for allowing us a green light to stage our musical works to the public. Above all, our appreciation goes to officials at Addis Ababa TVET Agency for their counseling, adjustment and motivation to the young visually impaired students in our school. The students in this TVET are only the visually impaired. But staffers could be any one who can handle tasks. The school envisions to extend its activities beyond the confines of Addis Ababa. It has set a vision to replicate similar action across states. To do this, the government, predominantly the Ministry of Education, Addis Ababa University, Federal TVET Agency and other concerned institutions should give special emphasis to the issue and work jointly to develop the vision of this school.”

In 2006, few visually impaired persons asked to learn music but at that time we were predominantly worried about where we should take these persons. We go to the Yared Music School. Unfortunately, they said to us “Let alone for the visually impaired we have no places for the visually intact. Undaunted by the challenge, we got motivated to open the school passing through so many turns and twists. Finally, we have managed to see their graduation and we are very glad. Currently, we are working assiduously to accept new students by early September. Yet, the bigger problem comes at this juncture. The donation contract, with the international partner, is going to terminate by the early July.” She then called on stakeholders to stretch hands to rescue the school from closing down due to financial problems.

Meseret Kuma is from Addis Ababa. Reporters approached her while she was playing box guitar at the cultural week. She said, “I am a student at Inner Vision Music Training Center. I learn traditional and modern music. I joined this center when an advertisement was aired on certain radio channel, which had its own program concerning persons with disabilities. Then I applied and joined the school scoring passing marks during the exam.

She added “Side-by-side this training, I am pursuing education at Kotebe University College. I major in civics. I am a third year student.

“From my early ages, I liked playing music especially guitar but I never dreamed that I may get this opportunity. Fortunately enough, now I count myself lucky and happy to get this opportunity. Teachers are training us in a very easy and understandable way. If the school gets special attention and support from stakeholders many visually impaired persons will have hope to cherish.”

Another student of the school Misganaw Negus is a third year drum trainee. He hail from Gondar. Previously he was idle and a burden to his family. Fortunately, one day, he heard about the music school in Addid Ababa and succeed to join it, “The marker of my future fate is now at my hand,” he said.

Source: The Ethiopian Herald
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