Member of the Blind and Deaf Society of Turkmenistan win 2015 Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest

Mar 3, 2016

We certify that you have a good command of Braille, and we are please that you are using this knowledge to the fullest to enhance your independence and self-confidence. We therefore confirm you to be the proud winner of the above-mentioned [Fine Work (Senior Group)] prize in the 2015 Onkyo Braille Essay Contest, sponsored by Onkyo Corporation and The Mainichi Newspapers “The Braille Mainichi” in collaboration with ABU. This memorial plague is being presented to you to show our praise and deep admiration. November, 2015

Ashgabat, 4 March 2016: A member of the Deaf and Blind Society of Turkmenistan wins a prestigious 2015 Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest with support from the United National Development Programme (UNDP).

Gurbanbike Arrykova was born and raised in Balkan region of Turkmenistan. She is married and has 3 children. Gurbanbike became blind when she was 22 and had to adjust to the environment and new special condition that she was now facing.

“I work for at the textile factory of the Blind and Deaf Society of Turkmenistan (BDST). All of my friends are from here. My family is very supportive and I take part in the arts and craft events and clubs of the BDST, and recently took part in the contest. I took part in this contest 8 years in a row. It is very inspiring to win it and bring the award home,” says Gurbanbike.

The Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest is for people who are blind or visually impaired. The Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest is a worldwide initiative planned and sponsored by Onkyo Corporation Ltd. and the Braille Mainichi in Japan, and is implemented by the World Blind Union-Asia Pacific (WBUAP).

Contestants write essays on a given topic related to the persons with disability. The purpose of the contest is to promote Braille literacy, encourage the reading and writing of Braille, and to promote cultural and social interaction among blind and vision impaired persons through their writings.

Gurbanbike was awarded a special diploma, a mobile device and a financial prize of two hundred US dollars. The acknowledgment of her talent will help Gurbanbike promote literacy and act as a role model among persons with disabilities.

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Rahmanberdi Hanekov
UNDP Project Manager

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