Santri of Taman Tunanetra Islamic Boarding School walk to the mosque on Wednesday (23/05) Yayasan Raudlatul Makfufin, an Islamic boarding school for the blind in Serpong, South Tangerang is a boarding school dedicated to educating the Koran for blind children. (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro)

Raudatul Makfufin, Islamic Boarding School for the Blind


MAY 25, 2018

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).

Raudlatul Makfufin students walk from the school to a nearby mosque. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Boys help one another to enter the school. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A girl reads the Koran in Braile. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Students attend a Koran reading class. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A teacher guides Raudatul Makfufin students in the proper reading of Koranic verses. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Students perform religious music on drums and tambourines. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A Raudatul Makfufin student attends prayers at a nearby mosque. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)