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IMF, World Bank, CBN urged to lead Braille sign insertion in currency notes

The trio of International Monetary Fund (IMF), WorldBank and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), have been urged to lead agitations for the insertion of Braille signs on global currency notes, reports ITRealms.

Braille, ITRealms gathered, is a tactile writing system used by people who are visually impaired and is traditionally written with embossed paper.

ITRealms also gathered Braille users could read computer screens and other electronic supports thanks to refreshable braille displays available nowadays.

The Monitoring Officer, Justice, Development and Peace Centre (JDPC), Mr. Abiodun Abacha Adebesin, made this call, pointing out that its high time global financial institutions consider adding Braille signs on our paper currencies in fulfillment of the one of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of not leaving any one behind.

According to him, the blinds have been cheated on so many occasions because they rely on people to determine the denominations of the money they are holding and this is really saddening.

“If this done by all financial institutions in the world with the support of IMF and world bank, this will be in line with agenda 2030 'Leave no one behind'” Adebesin said.

ITRealms, recalls that effort at inclusiveness is at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

According to SDG experts, inclusiveness speaks to the notion of empowerment and the principle of non-discrimination, which is reflected in the pledge to leave no one behind and in the vision of a “just, equitable, tolerant, open and socially inclusive world in which the needs of the most vulnerable are met” and “a world in which every country enjoys sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and decent work for all.”

In addition,  this reflected both in goals and targets, including Goal 4, which refers to inclusive and equitable quality education; Goal 8, which refers to sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth; Goal 9, which refers to inclusive and sustainable industrialization; Goal 11, which refers to inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements; and Goal 16, which refers to peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development and to accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

This assertion of ‘leave no one behind’ further refers to the need to include everyone in societal processes, and conveys the notion that people should not only be allowed to thrive, but should have a voice and effective opportunities to shape the course of development. Thus, the Agenda is relevant to all countries and all people, belongs to everyone, and its success will depend on the active implication and engagement of all actors and on reaching the furthest behind first.


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