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Braille Day To Raise Awareness Of The Importance Of Braille As A Means Of Communication

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This 4th January, we observe World’s Braille Day. The Braille is a reading and writing system for people, who are visually impaired or blind. Braille is an alphabet that appears in relief and allows people with vision problems to write or read using the sense of touch.

Braille Day” is celebrated around the world to raise awareness on the importance of Braille as a means of communication in the full realization of human rights for blind and visually impaired people.

On 17 December 2018, the United Nations adopted the resolution (A/RES/73/161) proclaiming January 4 as “World’s Braille Day” recognizing that the full realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms relies on inclusive written promotion.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in 2015, commits to ensuring that no one is left behind with the goal of ensuring that all human beings can lead prosperous and fulfilling lives. The Convention considers Braille essential for education, freedom of expression and opinion, access to information and social inclusion.

Braille is a tactile reading and writing system used by blind and visually impaired people who cannot access printed materials.  It uses raised dots to represent the letters of the printed alphabet.

On this occasion, the Global Rainbow Foundation has organized a special program on its online platform, GRF WEBTV to highlight the importance of Braille in the life of a person with visual impairment. Braille is a universal script, used in all languages, for texts, mathematics and music. In Mauritius, a version of the Constitution of Mauritius in Braille is also available.

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