New Era launches braille publication

24 Nov 2013 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 24 NOV (NAMPA) – Local English daily newspaper New Era launched a weekly Braille publication in the capital on Friday.
Launching the publication, the Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa said the Braille publication brings to an end an era where Namibians who are visually impaired felt discriminated against as they were kept out of the information loop.
“As of today, we as a nation will move a step closer to meeting the tenets of access of information to all. I would therefore like to congratulate the New Era Public Corporation for undertaking such a progressive initiative,” he said.
Simataa said the launch of the publication is a milestone as it ushers in an era of inclusiveness in providing information to all citizens regardless of their status or condition.
He therefore called on other newspapers in the country to follow the example set by the New Era newspaper.
Meanwhile, the National Coordinator for the Namibian Federation for the Visually Impaired, Daniel Trum called on all Namibians who are visually impaired to make use of this opportunity as information in newspapers was “hidden” from people who are visually impaired before.
“This is a long-time dream and the New Era newspaper has made our dream come true,” Trum stated.
The project is being funded by the Namibian Federation for the Visually Impaired and it will cost the federation N.dollars 10 000 weekly to print the Braille publication.
The publication will be available in Windhoek and at the Eluwa Special School and Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCIN) Rehabilitation Centre in northern Namibia.