By the 1990s computers were coming into use for producing brailled textbooks; the cassettes were filling a big gap but a book you listen to is not as good as a book you can read and go backwards and forwards. Some Nigerwives therefore decided to look into what was required for braille production and eventually took a proposal to the Annual General Meeting of Nigerwives – which now had branches in many of the states – to set up a braille production centre as a national charity project. Approval was given at the 1993 AGM in Ibadan, provided the funding could be sourced. Funding came from generous donors and the Centre was formally opened in 1995, in a portakabin in the NNPC compound in Falomo, Lagos. In the year 2003, the Centre was granted permission to move from NNPC which had caught fire to the compound of King’s College Annex in Victoria Island, Lagos, for which we are extremely thankful. King’s College has an average of 18 blind students a year, to whom the Centre extends support.
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THE NIGERWIVES BRAILLE BOOK PRODUCTION CENTRE
A BRIEF HISTORY
In the early 1980s, several Nigerwives (foreign ladies married to Nigerian men) taught in schools where blind students were enrolled alongside their sighted peers and they observed that these pupils did not have textbooks in a format they could access. This was brought to the notice of the Lagos branch of the Nigerwives Association and from then on, members started recording needed textbooks on cassettes. A cassette copying machine was bought and blind pupils from schools in all parts of Nigeria heard of the project and found ways of ordering the cassettes. Over 200 titles were produced in audio format during the 1980s and into the 1990s.
As mentioned above, the Centre pioneered the use of computers for producing brailled textbooks in Nigeria. When it started in March 1995 brailled textbooks were an extremely expensive and scarce commodity. However, thanks to a Nigerwife from Ibadan, the Centre received an award and a grant of £5,000 from the Ulverscroft Foundation, United Kingdom, in 1996. The grant helped the Centre acquire a computer system and a Braille printer.
The Centre also developed and ran mathematics workshops for the blind and visually impaired in 6 geographical zones in Nigeria, with the support of the Nigerian Education Trust Fund. Prior to this, rare were the blind and visually impaired students who had access to mathematical studies.
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Donor & Sponsors
We would like to thank all of our Sponsors, Donors and Volunteers over the years as without their support it would be impossible for us to continue the work we do and the impact we create in the blind and visually impaired communities of Nigeria: We thank the following for their generous support
Nigwives Branches, Small World, Caledonian Society, British Women’s Group, COWLSO, African Blind & Restoration Foundation, Total Nigeria Plc and Givaudan Foundation just to name a few.
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What we do
The following are some of our services
Braille Book Production
We currently have over 325 titles for primary, secondary and tertiary students available for order on our book list with new books constantly added.
Braille Reading Project
Our partnership with the Braille Institute Press United States enables us to build reading corners in any school in Nigeria where visually impaired pupils are enrolled
Math can be a challenging subject to a sighted student not to mention a blind one. We have developed a math workshop for both student and teacher to address these challenges
Educational & Mobility Aids
We import essential aids like four-fold cane, slate & stylus, tailor frame and abacus for mathematics and many more.
The following are some of our partners in service.