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.
PHILOSOPHY: Quality education for all.
MOTTO: Strive for excellence
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.
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.
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.
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.