ACC PRESENTS BRAILLE EMBOSSED DOCUMENTS TO THE SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND OF SIERRA LEONE
The Anti-Corruption Commission has today 11th May 2011 presented the Braille version of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008, an abridged version of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2008-2013, and the Best Practice Guide on The Use of Government Property to the Milton Margai School for the Blind at the Cathedral House Hall in Freetown.
Presenting these documents, the Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission Mr. Joseph F. Kamara said that the aim of the exercise is to promote the campaign for recognition of equality for all before the law. He further said that the gesture is to bring equality to the blind people in Sierra Leone and widen public access to information. Commissioner Joseph Kamara said that he took passion in working with the blind because as he put it ‘the history of blind people is largely unrecorded and their accomplishment is shrouded in obscurity’. He said that the Commission would appreciate to see educational programmes that would acknowledge the talents of the blind. He appealed to participants to support the Commission in the fight against corruption so that Sierra Leone would be free from corruption.
Mr. Albert Sandy Principal of the Milton Margai School for the Blind commended the Commissioner and Staff of the ACC for their support to the school and the Blind in particular. Mr. Sandy noted that the Braille embossed document will give blind people access to information about the work and activities of ACC. He called on other Non-Governmental Organizations to emulate the work of ACC.
Mr. George Coleridge Taylor who chaired the Occasion remarked that the event signifies a new trend in providing for the needs of the physically challenged. He commended the Anti-Corruption Commission for producing the Braille embossed documents and said that it would help to elevate, educate and guide the visually impaired persons. He further said that these documents would help the blind to have access to the Anti-Corruption messages. The Chairman concluded with an appealing prayer for participants contribution as all of these would help for a corrupt free Sierra Leone.
Ms. Mia Seppo, Country Director of UNDP, similarly expressed support and enthusiasm for the project. Extracts of the documents were read by two young pupils of the Milton Margai School for the Blind, and participants unanimously agreed that the Braille documents be distributed to all Libraries in Tertiary Institutions, the House of Parliament and all Blind Schools in the Regions.