Signing Ceremony for "The Project for Equipping Pakistan Association of the Blind with Braille Equipment"
Japan provides US$ 82,220 for “The Project for Equipping Pakistan Association of the Blind (PAB) with Braille Equipment”
The Government of Japan extended a grant of US$82,220 to the Pakistan Association of the Blind (PAB) for “The Project for Equipping Pakistan Blind Association with Braille Equipment” under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) scheme.
The grant contract was signed on January 18, 2018, at the official residence of Japanese Consul General, between Mr. Toshikazu Isomura, Consul General of Japan in Karachi and Mr. Qari Saad Noor, Secretary General, Pakistan Association of the Blind (PAB). The grant covers the cost of four braille displays and four braille printer sets including braille papers, software and repair kits.
The Pakistan Blind Association (PAB) has been providing educational materials in Braille to visually impaired individuals since 1960 and supports inclusive education to ensure that children who are blind or visually impaired are included in mainstream education.
The state-of-art Braille printers to be purchased by the project will increase both printing capacity and efficiency. Hence, text books relating more subjects will be able to be printed and distributed. Through the provision of the equipment, around 12,000 people are expected to be benefitted annually.
At the signing ceremony, Mr. Isomura sincerely hoped that the equipment provided under the grant would greatly improve the access to educational material for visually impaired people in the country. Mr. Isomura also wished that this support from the people of Japan would further strengthen friendly relationship between Japan and Pakistan.
Under the GGP scheme, Japan has funded for about 360 projects in Pakistan since 1989, and this is the 19th GGP project to be implemented by the Consulate-General of Japan in Karachi since 2009.
For further information, please contact the Economic Section of the Consulate General of Japan in Karachi at 021-3522-0800.