UNIC commits to ‘leave no one behind’, unveils SDGs in braille

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Lagos | UNIC Lagos

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos unveiled the new braille version of the Sustainable Development Goals at the closing ceremony of the One-Week Braille Celebration in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria in January.

“The SDGs in braille were produced to underscore the United Nations’ commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ by deepening inclusive access to information on Sustainable Development Goals to which both the federal and state governments have aligned their development priorities,” said UNIC Lagos National Information Officer Oluseyi Soremekun.

Mr. Soremekum presented the braille SDGs to the Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology on behalf of the Director of UNIC Lagos, Ronald Kayanja.

“People who are blind must not be denied their rights to education as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In line with the Salamanca Statement and Framework for Action on Special Needs Education, I call on governments to give the highest policy and budgetary priority to special needs education," Soremekun said.

The Commissioner acknowledged the many challenges people who are blind face related to inclusion in the mainstream of society, including “the dearth of reading materials, specialised aids, games and equipment to mention but just a few.”

In his remarks, the Director of Special Needs Education in the Ministry, Elijah Akinyemi, commended the Ogun State House of Assembly, which had recently passed a bill on disabilities.

The SDGs document in braille will be distributed to all the Schools of the Blind in Nigeria to enhance the understanding of SDGs amongst all groups.

Watch the video to see Ronke Gisanri (Ogun State Ministry of Information) demonstrate reading the SDGs document in braille: