Erin H. Gilmour School for Blind and Visually Impaired Children

The Salvation Army Erin Gilmour School is a comprehensive educational facility for blind and visually impaired children. Appropriately trained teachers cater to primary and secondary students who are unable to attend the regular school system.  In this  specialized facility students are provided with quality educational programs using state-of-the-art equipment and assistive technology devices.  The school’s environment is one of care and value in which each child  is aided in the development of his or her own potential and independence.   The school follows the Ministry of Education curriculum, and some students integrate in selected courses at regular schools, as well as participate in all national exams.

HISTORY

On March 14, 1971 the Royal Bahamas Police Force band enlivened the exciting opening of the School for Blind & Visually Impaired children in The Bahamas. This institution was blessed with the presence of Lady Cumming Bruce, wife of the Governor-general. The first principal of the school Ms. Marguerite Parrot; followed by Ms. Melba S. Pratt and presently, Maria A. Deleveaux.

In 1985, the school was relocated to Blue Hill Road opposite Yellow Elder Gardens, which included a residential section for family island students. A Canadian donated the money for this building and the school was named Erin Harrison Gilmour, in memory of his daughter.

In 1992, the school was relocated to Mackey Street and Ivanhoe Road. The school moved again, this time upstairs to the site it once occupied on Mackey Street. In 1994, the school moved in, The Salvation Army complex on Mackey Street. In August, 2011, the school moved to its present site on Ivanhoe Road.

ORGANIZATION

The school is organized under the auspices of The Salvation Army and The Department of Education. It depends upon various organizations for its maintenance. The Department of Education is responsible for the administration and curricular, and provides an annual grant to the school.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of The Salvation Army Erin Harrison Gilmour School for the Blind & Visually Impaired is to provide quality education, individualized instruction, adaptive technologies and resources to enable students who are Blind and Visually Impaired to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become independent, productive and contributing members of society.

VISION

Our vision for 2013 – 2016 is to provide educational programs and outreach services, which include, but are not limited to, instruction, research and development, and the provision of resources and support.

PHILOSOPHY        Quality education for all.
MOTTO                   Strive for excellence









Former Governor General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Dame Ivy Dumont, has said of The Salvation Army in
The Bahamas,

"Your dignified ministry to those with special needs is unparalleled. You have led the way in the education and employment of the Blind, the protection of abused women and children, and in the feeding and clothing of the hungry and naked".


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