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New Braille-Eye Slates For Vatuwaqa Blind School Students

New Braille-Eye Slates For Vatuwaqa Blind School Students
Fiji School for the Blind student Savenaca Waqabaca plays the keyboard while Naomi Lewakita (middle), and Seini Qalulu (right), sing the national anthem on May 16, 2017. Photo: Ashna Kumar
May 17
11:00 2017


Visually impaired children of the Fiji School for the Blind in Vatuwaqa, Suva, yesterday received two new braille-eye slates.

The donation to the school was in addition to sets donated to schools in the Western Division on Monday.

Developers, Nikhil Singh and Vinaal Prakash, created the sets under the supervision of Utkal Mehta, Senior Lecturer at the University of the South Pacific’s School of Engineering and Physics (SEP).

The devices has been touted as a low cost solution to teach Braille language to visually-impaired students.

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy, who officiated at the event, said special schools in Fiji have been a pillar of strength in the successful dissemination of education and lifelong learning skills to children with special needs.

“These slates have been specifically designed to aid the visually impaired in their learning by Nikhil Singh and Vinaal Prakash, as part of their final year project in Undergraduate Engineering programme,” he said.

“The thoughtfulness and ingenuity to design this slate and then having the vision to give it out to the schools for use is again highly praiseworthy.

“Accessibility of education means that every individual is supported to rise through the ranks of education and contribute towards a knowledge based society,” Mr Reddy said.

USP’s vice-chancellor and president, Professor Rajesh Chandra, said the university was pleased to bring together a number of strengths that combined the interests of the Government in inclusive education.

“Today you will see the benefit of a number of things that the University is doing and one of this is that USP is maturing into a university that does a lot of research,” Professor Chand said.

“We engage more in the development of our member countries and we want to always support the directions and initiatives that Governments take.”

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra



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