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LNFOD receives NSDP II braille document

The Minister of Development Planning Selibe Mochoboroane

Aug. 7, 2020 2 min read

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MASERU - Without a doubt, technology has become an integral part of people’s daily lives, especially for those with disabilities. New devices make it possible for those with physical, visual and other impairments to do things that were impossible before.

This was highlighted during the handing over ceremony of the national development documents printed in braille to aid participation of the visually impaired persons in the country in among others social development issues. The Minister of Development Planning Selibe Mochoboroane (pictured) handed over the National Strategic Development Plan II (NSDP) document to the Lesotho National Federation of Organisations of the Disabled (LNFOD).

The handing-over ceremony was held in Maseru last week Friday. Receiving the document, LNFOD’s Jeremane Teele said the document is going to help people with visual disability to read.

He appealed to other ministries to get hold of the document in order to learn serious matters that are happening in the country and then have a say in them. He made an example that the Ministry of Health should have a gazette that is written in braille so that in matters that relate to the COVID-19 pandemic, people with visual disability can know what to do and when to protect themselves and others.

“With COVID-19, we always hear that there is a released gazette, with the restriction of movements and other matters but we are not able to read such things ourselves, hence we appeal for assistance,” noted Teele. He said they normally get important information from other people where they are not able to read themselves and therefore thanked the ministry for having considered them with the document so that they could also register their impact as visually impaired people in the development matters of their country.

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For his part, Mochoboroane said the document was converted into braille in order to help bring sight to the visually impaired on important national strategic development tools.

He said LNFOD has been part since NSDP I, when things were right, adding that from the publication of NSDP II document, the document should have been in two copies with the second copy printed in braille to cater for the visually impaired.

He further noted that independent organisations can hold the government accountable on their promised plans, especially on issues affecting them directly as interest groups. The hand-over included 50 NSDP II braille documents to LNFOD.

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