Guwahati, January 7 : Amway Opportunity Foundation, a registered non–profit organization and the corporate social responsibility arm of Amway India, celebrated Louis Braille Day in association with Guwahati Blind School in Guwahati recently. Zabin Rahman Ahmed, Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Government of Assam, graced the occasion as a chief guest. Nilima Borgohain, Deputy Director, Social Welfare Department, Government of Assam and Rekibuddin Ahmed, Parliamentary Secretary, Education, Government of Assam also attended the event as Guests of Honour.
A Braille Reading –Writing competition was organized for the junior as well as senior categories of the visually–challenged students– marking the significance of invention of Braille system which ebles the visually–challenged to read as well as write. An Essay competition on the life and work of Louis Braille was also organized for senior students to celebrate 206th birth anniversary of Louis Braille. Besides Touch & Feel and Pot Breaking competitions were organized for junior category of students of Guwahati Blind School.
Bickramjit Paul, Area Mager, Northeast, Amway India, said, “We have been working for the cause of the visually challenged ever since 1999 when we launched tiol Project for the visually challenged. Over the years, Amway Opportunity Foundation has benefitted more than 100,000 visually challenged individuals especially children. We hope our support to Guwahati Blind School would help reinforce the relevance of Braille method of education even in today’s computer age.”
“Louis Braille is a truly inspiring example for all those who refuse to succumb to their limitations and are determined to achieve their goals. His invention – the Braille system – is an incomparable gift to the visually–challenged individuals. The six–dots of Louis Braille are the precious seeds from which intellectual harvest grows. We are indebted to Louis Braille as he led the visually–challenged to the light of knowledge and education,” said Bhaben Burman, Principal, Guwahati Blind School.
The day commenced with the students of the School reciting iugural song and a special song on Louis Braille, speech on the life and work of Louis Braille and concluded with all participants receiving prizes. This was stated in a press release.