Blind pupils in Johannesburg yesterday celebrated the life of Louis Braille, father of the writing and reading style used by the visually impaired.
On their first day of the schooling year, pupils at the Johannesburg School for the Blind welcomed the president of Blind South Africa, Cathy Donaldson, to the institution.
Boipelo Motheogane, a pupil, said he was happy to be visited by people from the organisation on his first day of school. "They are my heroes. It is a sign that we will have a great year at the school," he said.
Donaldson said she was visiting the school as part of celebrating Louis Braille's birthday. "As Blind South Africa, we want to make sure that children start learning Braille at an early age so that they can grow to be literate adults who can support themselves," she said.
Donaldson said it was hard to learn Braille when a person was older. School principal Mortain Dube said they were honoured by the visit.
"We look up to the organisation for advice and they also support us with stationery and machines to use."
He said the school was inspired to see Donaldson.
"Donaldson has achieved many things in life. She showed the pupils that they can be everything they want to be even if they are blind."