No Longer Left Out
Fiji School of the Blind student uses Braille to read Constitution Day message
Naomi Lewakita says she feels included by the 2013 Constitution.
The Fiji School of the Blind student was excited and emotional after she read a message at the first Constitution Day celebrations at Albert Park Pavilion and Grounds yesterday. The highlight of the celebrations was when she and other students read passages from the preamble of the 2013 Constitution. “I was so emotional when I read out the preamble of the Constitution in Braille because this is the first time that children like us are given the opportunity to participate in one of Fiji’s historic events,” she said. “I feel so important and proud of myself that despite being blind, I manage to stand before people and read that part of the Constitution,” she said. The Year 11 student thanked the Government for introducing the Braille version of the Constitution.
“I feel part of the society now. Before, I felt that we were discriminated and today marked a new era for people living with disabilities.
“I believe that people with disabilities have what it takes to change the society and today is the testimony of that. “Today will go down in history as I am the first visually impaired student to read the preamble of Fiji’s Constitution in the first ever Constitution Day,” she said.
She brought to life the real meaning of the text she read:
“A person with any disability has the right…
to reasonable access to all places, public transport and information;
to use sign language, Braille or