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