Mauritius launches braille library

Mauritius Institute of Education. Photo : Mauritius Institute of Education

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The Mauritius government launched a braille library dedicated to visually impaired students at the Lois Lagesse Trust Fund (LLTF) institution in Beau-Bassin, Mauritius recently.

The LLTF was set up in 1983, with the aim to provide education, training and employment to blind and visually impaired persons. The setting up of the library which is the first of its kind in the country is in line with government’s vision to foster inclusion in various fields, especially education.

The Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, emphasised that an equitable education system is required for the integration of children with diverse physical, social and economic conditions.

“Each and every child regardless of their disabilities should have equal access to knowledge and information,” said Dookun-Luchoomun, adding that the government has implemented a series of measures in a bid to support educational growth of children with disabilities.

She noted that this include the setting up of the Special Education Needs Authority which provides a new institutional framework to encourage their holistic development, the provision of five scholarships to children with disabilities for their tertiary education and investing in training of educators in the field of special needs.

“As from this year, the Mauritius Institute of Education will start publishing manuals and books used at primary level in braille version,” added the Minister.

Dookun-Luchoomun indicated that activities, programmes and actions undertaken by the LLTF complement the government’s objectives which is to support the positive overall development of children with disabilities and to valorise their contribution to the socioeconomic progress of Mauritius.

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