(From L-R): Mr Nikhil Singh, USP Student; Dr Utkal Mehta, Senior Lecturer at School of Engineering and Physics; Mr Roy Obed, Director of Education (Vanuatu); and Dr Krishna Kotra, Science Programme Coordinator at USP.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) donated a Braille Eye-Slate device to the Vanuatu Ministry of Education and Training on 9 June 2017.
While handing over the Braille Eye-Slate to Mr Roy Obed, Director of Education, Dr Utkal Mehta, Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Physics said that it was a happy occasion for the School to donate the device to Vanuatu as a member country of USP.
Dr Mehta noted that the Braille Eye-Slate is smaller in size and weight, compared to what is already in the market, as well as easier to use to assist students learn quicker. He added that it is also cheaper than devices used for similar purposes.
Mr Obed thanked USP and the School of Engineering and Physics for the donation and encouraged the University to continue with its innovations to assist people of the Pacific.
Mr Pakoa Siri, Acting Director General of the Ministry of Justice and Community Services said that the National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) of Vanuatu deliberates on a strong message of a disability-inclusive slogan of “leaving no one behind” and challenges and inspires everyone to value, develop and grow both formal and informal sectors of disability.
“I congratulate the Ministry of Education and Training on this achievement in taking the lead role through its Inclusive Education Policy in mainstreaming our training policies, products and processes into our curriculum and teaching services for everyone in Vanuatu,” Mr Siri said.
USP student and inventor of Braille Eye-Slate Mr Nikhil Singh stated that the true intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination and added that, “imagination with a purpose is what I choose to call innovation.”
As an inventor, Mr Singh said that he was proud to class this invention as totally ‘Pacific Made’.
The engineering team at USP believes that they will impact the lives of people with disabilities and develop technologies locally to elevate the standard of living of these people and communities.
Present at the handing over event were Mr Ruben Markward, Emalus Campus Group Manger, Dr Krishna Kotra, Science Programme Coordinator at USP, Members of the Disabled Communities, representatives of Ministry of Education and Training and Ministry of Justice and members of the public.
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