Yesterday, the Biblioteca Municipal de Fresnillo in north central’s Zacatecas state of Mexico launched a summer program aimed at children aged 7 to 13. The purpose of the event is to promote human rights, values and goalball. The sport is being used integrate children with and without disabilities.
The summer program includes a goalball tournament, and high demand for it means that all spots have were filled before the program even started. 340 children are participating in the event that lasts until August 8.
Efrén Correa Magallanes, who works at the library and helped develop the summer program, is quoted by Zacatecas en línea S.C. as saying, “These courses seek to encourage reading in children, plus crafts enabling them to learn teamwork, with activities that promote values, and provide tools to prevent bullying.”
With a population of around 105 million in Mexico, some estimates put the total number of people who would be classified as having a vision impairment at around 425,000. Some research suggests that in Mexico, people with vision impairments develop problems either when they are very young, or when they are older as part of aging potentially related to diabetes and obesity related issues. Goalball has historically been used in some places as a way to better integrate children with vision impairments into a school environment by including the sport in physical education classes.