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18 November 2011 07:59 am - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Wijeya Newspapers Ltd made history today when it launched the first brail newspaper in Sri Lanka for the blind ‘Wijeya Braille’.

The newspaper which was launched at the Ratmalana Deaf and Blind school will be out every Friday of the week. The Deaf and Blind school’s Principal Sandya Kodduruarachchi  speaking at the launch said the students at the school did not have adequate brail books and that ‘Wijeya Braille’ will develop the knowledge of blind children in the country.

“To increase knowledge and to and to develop oneself it is necessary to read. With the development of information technology it is vital for a such a newspaper. The constitution states that it is a fundamental right to read and write. Despite this the blind were denied of this right but now we have these opportunists as well,” Kodduruarachchi said.

A blind teacher at the school, Dammika Priyadarshani said that though there is vast development in access to information, such opportunities have been very limited to the blind. “We are thankful for this newspaper as it gives us the chance to develop further,” she said.

“They don’t need our sympathy they need our support to better their lives,” Wijeya Newspapers Director Lal Jayawardene speaking about the visually impaired.

National Institute of Education Media Education Project Director Bandula Dayaratne said that a vast majority of Sri Lankans do not have any knowledge on the need to provide more services to the blind and that there is limited access to information in the country for the blind. “The new braille newspaper will further advance their knowledge and give them access to better opportunities,” he said. ( By Olindhi Jayasundere)

  Comments - 13

  • buffaloa citizen Friday, 18 November 2011 08:05 AM

    Very good, send a free copy our leaders too.

    Mahesh Friday, 18 November 2011 08:14 AM

    Well done Wijeya!

    rio Friday, 18 November 2011 08:34 AM

    a very very good move!! everyone should have the right to read...this is very commendable!!

    Maya Friday, 18 November 2011 08:39 AM

    Thank to DM who is concerned about such people like them... keep up the good work

    Dera Friday, 18 November 2011 09:46 AM

    something that needs to be appreciated by everybody, in this part of the world not much is done to safeguard the betterment of the less fortunate ones, hats off Wijaya!!!

    Paul Friday, 18 November 2011 09:50 AM

    Hats off to Wijeya Newspapers.

    Chutiya Friday, 18 November 2011 10:50 AM

    Wijeya! Oba thumanlata bohoma pin!

    Mishra Friday, 18 November 2011 11:02 AM

    Well done. It is very encouraging to see action like this, and people who thing about the others. Hats off to Wijaya Newspapers.

    base Friday, 18 November 2011 12:13 PM

    Wijayata Boho Pin!

    Boss A Friday, 18 November 2011 01:04 PM

    Well done!!! Wijeya Newspapers

    lk Friday, 18 November 2011 01:04 PM

    very good initiative

    Dass Friday, 18 November 2011 04:39 PM

    This kind of work are very rare these days. Nowadays even relegious leaders do not initiate anything if it does not generate money ultimately. Hats off to Wijaya Newspapers !!

    Lankathilale Friday, 18 November 2011 10:10 PM

    Very good move.

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