LIBERIA: Blind Group Lauds Gov’t For Ratifying Marrakesh Treaty

The President of the Christian Association of the Blind (CAB), Beyan Kota, has lauded the Liberian Government for ratifying the Marrakesh Treaty.

The treaty, signed in Marrakesh, Morocco on June 28, 2013, is intended to facilitate access to published works by visually impaired persons and persons with print disabilities.

Kota noted that the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty by Liberia will allow visually impaired and blind people to access books which will be more convenient to their situation as they would be effectively educated.

The CAB official made the remarks Thursday at a program marking World Sight and White Cane Safety Day held in the auditorium of the S. Trowen Nagbe United Methodist Church in Sinkor, Monrovia.

He hoped that with the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty, government will ensure that books for blind people will be made available in Liberia to help enhance inclusive education.

He indicated that the publication of books for visually impaired and blind people will strengthen their education base and also help to reduce poverty among them, noting that they will be educated to seek employment.

Kota emphasized that Liberia is now among 11 nations that have ratified the Marrakesh Treaty which will go a long way in advancing the educational level of blind people across Liberia.

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