Mahayagya to build technical school for visually-impaired

Kathmandu, August 19:

The Nepal Integrated Blind Development Association (NIBDA) is organising a Shreemad Bhaghbat Gyan Mahayagya on August 21-28 at Khulamanch in Kathmandu to collect funds for the construction of a national level technical school for the visually-impaired.

Arjun Bhatta, executive director of the NIBDA, said the organisation is establishing a technical school realising the necessity of technical knowledge to uplift the status of the visually-impaired.

“We are organising the Mahayagya to mobilise local resources rather than seeking financial support from donors who try to impose their interests on us after providing donations,” he said.

“The technical school will also help reduce unemployment problem,” Bhatta added. Fifty persons who lost their eyesight during the Jana Andolen-I and II and the victims of 10-year-old insurgency will be prioritised for training in the first phase.

Goldhunga VDC-7 in Kathmandu has already provided 40 ropanis of land for the construction of the school. Chairman of the Goldhunga VDC-7 Ishwori Dhital said: “We provided the land after an agreement among the eight political parties.

At present, the NIBDA is running its training programmes at Paropakar Bhaban in Bhaktapur Municipality-7.

NIBDA coordinator Binita Adhikari said the same training centre would be modified into a technical school which will cost Rs 60 million.

It has already provided training to around 300 persons till date.