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Project "Reading with the eyes and hands" (23/5/2016)

The Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO organized a closing ceremony for the project “Reading with the ‎eyes and fingertips”, which aimed at shedding the light on the importance of social integration through the “reading ‎in braille” project addressed to a number of students with visual impairment, as well as encouraging reading in ‎students with visual impairment, and developing their linguistic abilities, critical thinking and analytical skills.‎

During the closing ceremony, the students competed in reading excerpts from Emily Nasrallah’s novel “Birds of ‎September” that was published in Braille.‎

‎In her speech following the national anthem, the Secretary General Prof. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour emphasized ‎on the importance of this project, which comes in line with the educational and cultural objectives of UNESCO in ‎general, and of the Lebanese National Commission in particular, notably when it comes to social integration.‎

Director General of Education, Mr. Fadi Yarak praised the efforts of the Lebanese National Commission for ‎UNESCO and of the coordinator of the project Ms. Elham Komaty, who later explained that the objectives of the ‎project stemmed from the need to support and assist the institutions, and to instill the love for reading in those with ‎visual impairment.‎

Journalist Nasser Ballout, who suffers from visual impairments, noted that a lot of public institutions fail in ‎supporting and assisting those with visual impairments.‎

Winners of the competition were:‎
‎-‎ First prize: Fatima Younis from Al-Hadi Institute for deaf, blind and learning disabilities
‎- ‎Second prize: Rafka Rizk from the Lebanese School for blind and deaf – Baabda ‎
‎-‎ Third prize: Mostafa Habib Ali from Al Huda Foundation