January 4 marks the Louis Braille Day. Louis Braille, despite being himself blind, wrote a golden chapter for millions of blind by inventing and developing Braille Codes, and unlocking the doors of opportunities and possibilities for them. On the occasion of 208Th Louis Braille Day, Bright Star Society, in collaboration with Shauna Rose Kaufman Foundation and Lakpafuti Sherpa Trust, organized “Braille Writing Contest” in Kathmandu with the aim of testing Braille skills of visually-impaired students. Although technology is progressing, nothing can replace the relevance of Braille in transforming the lives of blind and visually-impaired. Hence, in order to raise the awareness and remind the importance of Braille among visually-impaired students, the contest was organized. The contest saw numbers of enthusiastic participants from different colleges of Kathmandu and around who tested their Braille writing and reading skills such as writing speed, accuracy, reading pattern etc.
Among the participants, 5 contestants’ were awarded with prizes, certificates and recognitions of honor. Shankar Neupane, Sumitra Dhungana, Nir Shrestha, Shirijana Dhakal and Utsav Nepal secured first, second, third and consolation prizes respectively.
The contest was organized to honor and glorify the groundbreaking contribution of Louis Braille. Born on 4 January 1809 in France, Louis introduced new set of raised dots which is known today by “Braille Script”. By inventing Braille, Louis has enabled millions of visually-impaired to read and write as sighted counterparts.
Bright Star Society has recognized Braille as one of the important pparts of it’s activities. BSS has started printing Braille on the certificates, business cards, training manuals and brochure along with the ink print.