COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: St Dunstans' blind veterans may help teach kids history

Blind ex-servicemen may go into schools to tell children about their experiences in Bosnia and the Gulf under radical plans to improve awareness of charity St Dunstans.

In total, 821 blind ex-servicemen in the UK, aged between 16 and 103, are supported by St Dunstans. The charity has consulted head-teachers about how this pool of experience can be used to help deliver the citizenship and history elements of the national curriculum in schools.

"Teachers tell us that there's nothing like schoolchildren being able to sit down right in front of a (blind) person and be able to ask them questions like, how do you match your tie with your shirt?

said a St Dunstans' spokesman. "St Dunstaners are valuable primary source material."

A pilot project linking the charity with several primary and secondary schools in the south of England. It will kick off before Christmas and will be rolled out around the country if it works well.

Veterans of recent conflicts as well as those who fought during the Second World War may go directly into schools or be filmed by the charity in order to help bring historical events back to life for pupils.

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