Indian organization launches Braille version of children's newspaper

Asia-Pacific, July 9 2012

BHOPAL: For connecting children with vision disabilities with news reporting and conveying their views to people through newspaper, Braille versions of children’s newspaper Peace Gong and Talking Newspapers were released at a function organised by Arushi institution on Friday.

Releasing the newpapers, principal secretary Social Justice Aruna Sharma said that this is a novel initiative where a computer magazine with Braille newspaper will be very beneficial for sight impaired students. She hoped that media will play meaningful role in bringing forth talents of people who are giving remarkable contribution in various walks of life. Sharma said that maximum number of children should get associated with this newspaper and give flight to their creativity. Arushi institution also started a two-day training workshop simultaneously.

Earlier, Professor of Sikkim University and Chairman of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation TK Thomas spoke about the salient features of Peace Gong newspaper. He said that this Braille newspaper for children is the first of its kind in Asia. Besides various states, children of many countries are also part of it. These children share their cultural, social and educational experiences with each other. Besides, they also express their views on common social concerns through this newspaper. The last issue of Peace Gong newspaper was published on completion of the anniversary of International Year of Volunteers.

At the outset, Alpana Bhattacharya highlighted on children’s creative participation in Peace Gong newspaper and activities of Arushi institution. The programme was conducted by Lavanya Garg. Prof Rohit Trivedi, Vedabhyas, Anil Mudgal and many visually challenged children from the Arushi institution, Blind Welfare Federation and students of Sanskaar Valley School were present on the occasion.

Source: Times of India

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