Raudlatul Makfufin, an Islamic boarding school for the blind in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten, was founded in 1983. Its students learn to memorize the Koran and read it in Braille.
Braille is a universal system of dots, which enables visually impaired people to read. Raudlatul Makfufin children learn the Koranic Arabic Braille alphabet to study the scripture. It takes time, around two years, to develop enough sensitivity in the fingers to distinguish between the different Braille cells. Children learn much faster than adults.
In the early 1990s, the school received a donation to buy a Braille embosser and soon established a printing house producing the Koran in Braille. Now, the Korans coming from Raudlatul Makfufin reach even Singapore and South Africa.
The Jakarta Globe had a chance to visit the school on Wednesday (24/05).