Visually challenged girl scales summit of knowledge

A visually impaired girl in central Ha Tinh province has not only triumphed over her disability to graduate from university, but is now working towards her master’s degree.

Dinh Viet Anh, 27, from the province’s Huong Son commune, could see like any other child, until she was struck by corneal degeneration, causing her vision to blur at the age of three.

By six years of age, Anh insisted o­n going to school, she worked extremely hard, sitting in the front rows in class and studying late into the night using special lighting.

Bur her sight worsened, making even the boldest letters hard to read at secondary school. Undaunted, she resolved never to give up.

“I found it most difficult to deal with geometrical problems, as I had to use my imagination to fill in what I couldn’t see,” she recalled.

Turning point

After graduating from high school with excellent results, Anh had a tough time trying to sit for university exams, with universities refusing her based o­n her disability, she said through tears.

She studied Braille and Ha Tinh’s Association for the Blind sent her to study with the Hanoi

for the Blind.

Graduating from the course with outstanding results, she now teaches Information Technology at the center.

She also passed the entrance exam into the Social Management faculty of Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH) in the in-service division.

Rewarded for her tireless efforts, she received the maximum mark for her thesis o­n implementing educational policies for Vietnamese with visual impairments last year and graduated at the top of her class.

Along with teaching, Anh is pursuing distant learning courses provided by the English faculty at the Hanoi Open Institute, recognizing the need for English in integration, she said.

The admirable girl, recently bestowed the great honor of becoming a member of the Communist Party, added she was also planning to attend the postgraduate class offered by the Hanoi USSH.

She is also among five students selected by the Asia- Pacific Association for the Blind to join an IT course in Japan.

Reported by Kap Thanh Long – Translated by Ngoc Hanh.