Nigeria Association of the Blind (NAB) in continuation of their production and presentation of accessible educational materials to six inclusive secondary schools in the North West and South South region in Nigeria, made another presentation at Unity Model Secondary School, Agbarho, Delta State on 26th November, 2021.
Miss Oluwakemi Odusanya, the Administrative Officer at NAB while presenting the braille textbooks, appreciated the Principal of the school for his unrelenting effort to ensure blind and partially sighted students of the school are equipped with knowledge that can compete favourably with their sighted counterparts.
Speaking further, she said that the project would not have been a success if there was no funding from the sponsor the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) who has been the backbone of the project and to the gallant partners the Anglo Nigeria Welfare Association of the Blind (ANWAB), Disability Empowerment Solution Initiative Nigeria (DESI Ngr (DESI Ng).
She also appreciated that the ever willing editors of the project who selflessly despite their busy schedule ensure that they are always timely and most importantly her indispensable colleagues.
She informed that the project is important because a blind person is relying on reading by touch or hearing, that why the project is so dear to her and NAB especially at the introduction of STEM accessible textbooks e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Geography etc. to steer up the minds of the students to be the best in education.
“Visual impairment should not limit the zeal to read but the unavailability of accessible reading materials which we have combated through this presentation of thirty- eight accessible textbooks in braille format and seventy- four book titles in digital formats” she added.
She urged the blind and partially sighted students to take up the challenge and make judicious use of the materials.
She said that NAB is grateful that the project that started successful in Katsina State will ended well in Delta state.
She called on individuals, organizations to assist NAB to extend the project to other regions and states even bigger than what was achieved at this moment.
“Digital reading device to scale up the electronic formats of the book titles can be procured as an expansion” he stated.
The Principal of the School after receiving in his speech appreciated NAB for the donation and saying that it is a wing of joy to the school.
Speaking further, he said that it will afford the school’s current blind students the opportunity to read whatever they want without having to seek the assistance of other students.
He also said that the presentation of the textbooks is particularly noteworthy as they cannot be easily bought off the shelf.
“Our joy knows no bound on these accessible textbooks as they will be of tremendous help to both staff and students” he added.