Picture: Assembling Braille textbooks in the Production Office
In December 2009, the Braille textbook production Unit of this ministry was started. It aims at translating and embossing (printing) ALL primary and secondary level school textbooks from English into Braille. The overwhelming majority of blind students at this level of education currently do not own or have ready access to any of the textbooks they need to read to successfully take and pass the BECE exam.
These textbooks are donated free of charge to all the blind students in the schools for the blind in the country, starting with the Junior Secondary School Level.
With a V3 Index Everest Embosser, a desktop computer, Braille translation software, and a drive fueled by Bishop Heward- Mills, production started in earnest in 2010.
In October 2011, the first batch of brailled JHS textbooks were donated to the students at the Akropong School of the Blind. Each of the blind students there got his own BRAILLED copy of:
1. Religious and Moral Education Textbook for JHS 1,2 or 3 (depending on the year the student was in)
2. Social Studies Textbook for JHS 1, 2 and 3 (depending on the year the student was in)
We presented a total of 197 brailled textbooks to the students.
After proctracted delays as a result of replacing our embosser feeder, in getting scarce Braille paper, and in locating and purchasing sturdier wire binding rings/wire binder, we resumed production in Jan 2012, after a break of about 3 months.
In Febuary 2012 , we took a trip to Wa, in the UpperWest region of Ghana to present the students at the Wa JHS school with brailled textbooks. There we presented all the students with personal copies of
1.Akiola series : English Textbook for JHS schools
2. Religious And Moral Education Textbook for JHS 1,2 or 3(depending on the year the student was in)
3. Social Studies Textbook for JHS 1, 2 or 3
A total of 376 brailled textbooks were presented.
In March 2012, we presented 322 copies of the Akiola Series English book(in Braille) to the blind students at the Akropong School of the blind. Each student in the school now has their personal copy of the English textbook.
In March 2015: In order to achieve our goal of providing all blind SHS & JHS students in the country with braille textbooks, we have embarked on our Braille Book Production Project. In the first phase which began in February this year, we are making 700 textbooks to supplement the 900 books that the organization has already donated.