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PESHAWAR -- A regional training workshop of visually impaired students and teachers Thursday urged the provincial government and concerned authorities for the provision of basic needs and facilities.

The workshop titled "Computer personality development and communication skills" was organized by Pakistan Foundation Fighting (PFFB) with the collaboration of Pakistan Poverty Elevation Fund and Social Welfare department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, here at Government institute for blind (Boys) Nishterabad.

Speaking on the occasion Chairman PFFB Abdullah Yousaf said the foundation was founded in 1988. He said that PFFB is a registered, non-profit, non-governmental organization. He said that education was the basic right of every citizen adding blind who are a part of society also needs to be treated on parity basis.

Principal of the School, Mohammad Younis Afridi said that at the present about 70 male and female students was studying in the school with the availability of basic amenities of life including facility of accommodation.

He further said that about one hundred students from the province took part in the training. He said that that the school was established in 1962 but still they were facing difficulties in getting books due to non-availability of Braille printing press. He informed that Chief

Minister KP Pervez Khattak also visited the school and assured to resolve problems confronted by blind students.

Speaking on the occasion, President All Pakistan Association for Blind, Saad Noor criticized provincial government saying that a MoU was signed between KP government and JICA training programme of Japan but unfortunately people who do not fulfill the criteria of blindness was benefitting from the opportunity.

Talking to reporter a blind teacher and Director of Blind Cricket Council, Habibullah belonging to Nowshera said that he become blind when he was four-year-old. He said his father took him to several doctors but he did not recovered adding despite all adverse conditions, he continued his struggle and got Master degree and M.Ed also.

A blind student Mohammad Riaz of Swabi said that he was blind by-birth. He said that he was studying in Intermediate class and would continue education to get master degree in English to become a lecturer.

A female blind student Tahira Noor who was studying in class 10th said that she was feeling happiness and would work hard in her life. At the end of workshop certificates and prizes were distributed among the students.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:May 22, 2015
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