A ceremony to commemorate the 110th Anniversary of the Foundation of Fukuoka Special Needs Education School for the Visually Impaired was held in Fukuoka Prefecture. Children from kindergarten through junior high school participated in the ceremony. Representatives of guests and the parent-teacher association (PTA) delivered a speech followed by the school principal, and each time the children stood up and cheerfully bowed to the speaker. In return, on behalf of all the children, a student representative delivered a great speech filled with gratitude to all the people involved.
Following these speeches, two students, a girl and a boy, spoke about their daily life, respectively. The girl said, “My parents used to hold me in their arms all the time when I was a little child. I am happiest when I am helping my mother with household chores. I can walk longer distance now using a stick. I can go shopping on my own. When I grow up, I want to become a teacher at a school for the visually impaired.”
Then, the ceremony turned into a lively stage. The students played the drums and sang in chorus in front of us. I was moved by their enthusiasm for singing. Particularly, their school song touched my heart. I felt that such words used in the lyrics as ‘light’, ‘dream’, ‘brightness’ and ‘hope’ were expressing the things which they long for.
After I met with many children who lost their light and cannot see anything, I could not stop the tears. I questioned myself, “What kind of world are they living in? How do they live in a dark world? In what way can they make their wishes come true?
A school for the visually impaired contains the basic philosophy of politics. Politics should support those who have disabilities and hardships.