Almost 850 blind and partially sighted learners from 11 Schools for the Blind in the country took part in the World Read Aloud Day on 1 February, hosted by Nal’ibali and Blind SA.
An inspirational sports story, The Final Minute by Zukiswa Wanner, was commissioned for the event. Blind SA published the work, in braille, in the 11 official languages for these learners. Drawn from grade 1 to grade 7, the children were involved in individual reading and group reading sessions.
Blind SA gave out prizes to the learners, and Nal’ibali provided each of them with an audio book by Zukiswa Wanner. Susan Bam, chairperson of the Blind SA Education Committee said:
“Blind SA believes strongly that all blind and partially sighted learners must have access to reading books in an accessible format. Currently, apart from the Workbooks, our blind and partially sighted learners have very limited books in braille”.
She added that Braille Services of Blind SA publishes in braille, daisy and e-books.