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World Braille Day 2019 at RIPAS Hospital

Jan 5, 2019

Congrats to everyone who made our World Braille Day a big success. Held at RIPAS Hospital, the initiative by Ministry of Health was held to promote awareness of braille in Brunei as well as provide an opportunity for eye screening.

The event was in collaboration with the Brunei Darussalam National Association for the Blind (BDNAB), The Braille Book Company and Unit Pendidikan Khas (Special Education Unit).

Braille was recently recognised by the United Nations General Assembly on their official international day calendar.

Louis Braille (1809-1852), was the French educator who developed the Braille system of printing and writing for the blind. Himself blinded at the age of 3 in an accident, he created Braille based on a system of raised dots.

Braille helps to provide an equal opportunity for many blind people worldwide, and its use is supported throughout the world. Literacy is important for everyone and people with sight loss are no different. Braille equals literacy and opens the doors for opportunities in education and employment.

Watch event highlights here

Playing Chess with Hamzi Omar, President of BDNAB.

Group photo with staff and senior members of Ministry of Health, Brunei.