[AI] Teacher with a feel for Earth

Swasti Mathur swastimathur at gmail.com
Fri Jul 2 12:16:42 EDT 2010


thats really superb!
will these redesigned maps will be available to individuals who want to 
have these?
regards
Swasti
Renuka Warriar wrote:
> The Hindu: KERALA
> Kozhikode, July 2, 2010
> Teacher with a feel for Earth
> Staff Reporter  ·   T+
>
> P.T. Mohammed Musthafa, a teacher at the Government Vocational Higher
> Secondary School, Meenchanda, has never seen the Earth or soaked up
> its splendour. But, this visually challenged man has guided thousands
> of students through the planet's geographical contours with his
> specially moulded Braille-globe and atlas. For the past seven years,
> Mr. Musthafa has been depending on these aides to teach students.
>
> Students' help
>
> The 35-year-old, hailing from Nallalam here, modifies globes and
> atlases with the help of his students. Together they emboss Braille
> scripts on transparent pieces of adhesive tapes pasted on the surfaces
> of globes and atlases. With the help of students, he also marks out
> the frontiers of each continent with thin threads. This helps him to
> locate the areas and handle classes confidently.
>
> “Lack of eyesight can never limit the freedom of a teacher if the
> supportive aides are appropriately used,” says Musthafa, who has been
> teaching for the past 12 years. “Many visually impaired teachers still
> depend on usual models and maps available in the market, which they
> are not at all comfortable with,” he adds.
>
> The Social Science Club, headed by Mr. Musthafa, is now on a mission
> to craft more such atlases and globes for the benefit of visually
> challenged teachers.
>
> The club is undertaking the effort without charging extra. “To reduce
> cost, we collect globes and atlases from clients. It takes only an
> hour to design a globe perfectly. We will take orders from schools and
> colleges till July 15,” he says.
>
> “We never feel that he is visually challenged. His classes arouse our
> curiosity in the subject,” says K. P. Arya and Anagha Devan, Class IX
> students of the school.
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