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Ademola Olajide, (L) UNFPA Country Representative handing over on Monday translated school materials to heads of the Rejaf Education Center for the visually impaired.

UNFPA pledges to translate printed text books   for visually impaired                                                                                                                        

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Monday pledged to translate the basic primary school curriculum for visually impaired pupils of Rejaf Education Centre.

This was revealed by Ademola Olajide,the UNFPA Country Representative while delivering primary 5 translated text books for the visually impaired pupils in Juba.

“We need to address the challenges one after the other, I totally agree that we will have all the books in the form that you can use, all of that will be done as a matter of priority,” said Olajide.  

“We will leverage their skills, exploit their capacity and the ultimate aim is that each of them even with disability is able to fulfill their full potentials,” he added.

Kevin Abalo, the Executive Director for Resilience Organization a local NGO, said inclusive education is needed to leverage the skills of visually impaired children.  

 “UNFPA is going to continue supporting us Resilience Organization to as well transcribe those other curriculum that we are yet to transcribe, for instance class 1-4 we are going to work on it probably next year,” said Abalo.    

Levi Sunday, the Deputy Headteacher for Rejaf Education Center said there is need for the textbooks to be translated into signs language, adding that teachers need to be trained in braille system.

 “We are facing challenges of translation teachers must be trained in braille system, without training them the song that we are singing of inclusive education will not work,” said Sunday.               

 “The curriculum itself must be transcribed from print to braille and the signs language not only at the basic level so that it can be easy to teach,” he added. 

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