Braille promotion initiative launched
Africa, January 30 2014
MONROVIA: The Liberia Christian Association of the Blind (CAB) has launched a Braille promotion initiative.
CAB was founded by a group of people with vision disabilities with few dedicated and professional fully sighted Liberians on 28th April 1985 in Monrovia. At its formation, CAB is to cater to people with vision disabilities. Its activities came to a halt in 1989 due to the war and had to be re-activated in 1991 and formally incorporated by an act of the Legislature in 1993. CAB is now fully operating in Liberia as a non-governmental association of people who are blind or low vision.
Braille is a series of raised dots that can be read with the fingers by people who are blind or low vision for reading printed materials.
The Braille initiative was launched on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the St. Peter’s Lutheran High School in Sinkor, Monrovia after a week-long activity by the blind association.
The initiative is aimed at promoting education for people with vision disabilities in order to have equal opportunities with other citizens of Liberia.
Speaking at the launch, the Director of Quality Assurance at the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE), Mr. S. Reginald Zunleh Mehnpaine, urged government and local and international non-governmental organizations to build rams and other means to facilitate the learning process for people with mobility and vision disabilities.
Mr. Mahnpaine spoke as proxy for his boss, Dr. Michael P. Sleawion. Dr. Sleawion is the Director-General of NCHE.
Also speaking, the President of CAB, Mr. Beyan G. Kota, encouraged people with vision disabilities to take their education seriously. He said learning and writing will reduce street beggars with vision disabilities and enable them to contribute meaningfully to Liberia’s building process.
Meanwhile, three people with vision disabilities were certificated for their achievement in their educational sojourn by Nimba County District #8 Representative, Larry P. Younquoi.
Rep. Younquoi also offered a scholarship to one of the young members of the organization (CAB) for what the lawmaker described as his “brilliance”.
As part of his own contribution to CAB, Rep. Younquoi also presented a token to the organization.