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Thailand and International Braille Reading and Writing Contest in 2020

Thailand and International Braille Reading and Writing Contest in 2020

 
Thipyaporn Khempila writes,
 
From 17th to 18th January 2020, The Promotion and Development of Braille Usage Fund gathered by Ratchasuda College, Mahidol University, Thailand Association of the Blind (TAB), Foundation for the Blind in Thailand, the Christian Foundation for the Blind in Thailand (CFBT) and other organizations organized the 25th National Braille Reading and Writing Contest and the 7th Thailand and International Braille Reading and Writing Contest at the Ratchasuda College, Mahidol University in Nakorn Phathom province, Thailand.
 
The 25th National Braille Reading and Writing Contest
It was organized on January 17,2020, there were various types of braille competition as follows;
1.Braille Writing – Thai, English and Mathematic codes categories
2.Braille reading – individuals, teams and sighted people categories.
 
In terms of braille writing, it’s compulsory to compete with Thai language grade 1, English grade 1 and mathematic code in Nemeth system for non-sighted contestants with their own 4-row-slate and stylus. For sighted contestants, they had to use Thai language grade 1, English language grade 2 and mathematic code in Nemeth system with using their own Perkins brailler.
In the case of braille reading, contestants in both Thai and English language reading categories had to read out loud the article in 3 minutes. This year, the winner, 1st and 2nd runners from the braille English reading were automatically passed to join braille reading contest in an international level provided in the 2nd day of the contest. Additionally, other Thai blind people who were upper that 15 years old could also compete in this international level of braille reading contest as well. For team reading, contestants in both Thai and English languages categories were provided to be 4 levels; 1.) primary, 2.) secondary and high school, 3.) undergraduate and 4.) other people levels.
 
“Ta Hai Arn” – Challenge to Read Contest
This year, braille marathon reading contest was changed to be the "challenge to read" competition instead. Around one month before the contest, contestants applied for this category must read the braille text received from the committee on Facebook Live. The committees would also evaluate the consistency and the quality of the contestants and announced the prizes on the day of the event.
 
The 7th Thailand international Braille Reading and Writing Contest
This international session  was held on January 18, 2020 (the 2nd day of the contest). There were 2 categories of contest consisting of  below and above 25 year-old categories.
This international Braille reading and writing contest widely opened challenging opportunity to any representatives from all foreign countries and Thailand in order to apply for this part. This year, there were 21 representatives from Laos, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand to participate in this contest provided to be on below and above 25-year-old categories of braille reading and writing contest.
For the below 25-year-old category of Braille writing international part, the winner was a representative from Vietnam. The winner of the above 25-year-old category for Braille writing international part was a representative from the Philippines.
For Braille reading international category, the first 3 prizes of below 25-year-old category were from Malaysia (winner) and the Philippines (1st and 2nd runner up). Furthermore, the first 3 prizes of above 25-year-old category were from Malaysia (winner and 1st runner up) and Thailand respectively.
Moreover, we could participate in other activities supporting the blind and visit exhibition of Braille in Thailand and other booths from other blind organizations from Thailand and also foreign countries to show and sell products and technology in daily life for the blind as well.
 
For appreciating live ambiance of the contest, please go into TAB radio Podcast in Spotify App.
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