Free Braille textbooks for Class IX, X students in Odisha

first_imgFrom the current academic session, all visually impaired students of Class IX and X in Odisha will be provided free Braille textbooks.Earlier, the Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority was providing free Braille textbooks to all visually impaired students studying in Class I to VIII in government-managed schools. From this year, this measure has been extended to Class IX and X students as well.Odisha’s only Braille press in Berhampur is busy printing the textbooks so that the students can get them by July. The Braille press manager, Prakash Narayan Rath, said earlier they were printing limited number of textbooks for Class IX and X students.“Each school was getting three sets of Braille textbooks and the students had to share them,” he said.Former principal of Red Cross School for the Blind, Ambapua, Nabin Narayan Satapathy said as the Braille textbooks were few, they used to make some more copies of the books in their school to ease the problems of Class IX and X students. He welcomed the move of the State government to provide free Braille textbooks to all visually impaired students of Class IX and X saying it will surely improve the performance of the students.This year, around 420 visually impaired students of Class IX and X in Odisha will get free Braille textbooks. Each student will get a set of 14 books. “Around 75% of printing of these textbooks is complete and the work would be finished in a week or two,” said Mr. Rath.Increased printingThe Braille press is currently printing textbooks for around 2,800 visually impaired students of Class I to X. The total number of Braille textbooks for school students is over 40,000. Last year, the Braille press had printed 22,228 textbooks. Two new appointments have been made at the press to expedite the printing of the books.The Braille press in Berhampur was established in 1986 as a Red Cross Society initiative. It gets grant-in-aid for maintenance from the Women and Child Development Department of the Odisha government. In 2013, two new computerised Braille printing units, imported from Belgium at a cost of ₹1.7 crore, were added to this press, making it a major modern computerised Braille press of the country.last_img read more

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Honours Long-Serving Employees

first_imgStory Highlights Eight employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade have been honoured for service ranging from 30 to 38 years. Eight employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade have been honoured for service ranging from 30 to 38 years.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, handed out certificates of appreciation during a ceremony held on Wednesday (September 6) at the Ministry’s headquarters at 21 Dominica Drive, New Kingston.Those recognised are Undersecretary, Multilateral Affairs Division, Ambassador Sheila Sealy Monteith; Senior Secretary, Prudence Hamil; Undersecretary, Diaspora, Protocol and Consular Affairs Division, Ambassador Sharon Saunders; Undersecretary, Foreign Trade Division, Marcia Thomas; Director, Caribbean and Americas Department, Angella Comfort; Librarian, Andrea Noble; Assistant Director, Protocol Department, Sharon Burrell Green, and Protocol Officer, Cecile Christie.The appreciation ceremony formed part of the Ministry’s 55th anniversary celebrations, which got under way on September 4 with the launch of a two-week-long exhibition and two commemorative publications.The Prime Minister joined Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith and the honourees in cutting a cake to celebrate 55 years of the Ministry’s existence.In his remarks, the Prime Minister commended the Ministry for more than five decades of service to Jamaica.“The Ministry continues to maintain very high standards and I would consider it one of the flagship ministries. The pool of talent that exists here certainly does do Jamaica justice and represents us well on the international stage,” he noted.“Minister, you have my compliments and public commendation,” he added.The afternoon’s proceedings included musical interludes from the Ministry chorale and video-recorded anniversary messages from the overseas missions.Earlier, the Prime Minister toured the exhibition, which highlighted the entity’s achievements since 1962.It features publications, photographs, and videos showcasing Jamaica’s diplomatic relations with the international community over 55 years.Visitors will be able to tour the various departments and learn about their work, the role of the overseas missions, and about the bilateral partners.In the visitor’s book the Prime Minister hailed the display as an “enlightening presentation of the history and functions of the MFAT”.center_img Those recognised are Undersecretary, Multilateral Affairs Division, Ambassador Sheila Sealy Monteith; Senior Secretary, Prudence Hamil; Undersecretary, Diaspora, Protocol and Consular Affairs Division, Ambassador Sharon Saunders; Undersecretary, Foreign Trade Division, Marcia Thomas; Director, Caribbean and Americas Department, Angella Comfort; Librarian, Andrea Noble; Assistant Director, Protocol Department, Sharon Burrell Green, and Protocol Officer, Cecile Christie.last_img read more