The International Day for Persons with Disabilities belated celebrations were held at Ebenezer School in Caledonia, Goromonzi District. Acting President, Dugshi Kembo Mohadi officiated the celebrations which had quite a large turnout. In his speech, at the International Day of Persons with Disabilities which was held at Caledonia in Harare on Monday, the Acting President said the government had dedicated resources in social services and protection to improving the lives of people living with disability. “The celebrations of this day are an important tool for promoting the rights of persons with disabilities through increasing awareness of disability issues. “The government of Zimbabwe has to date undertaken several programmes and policies aimed at mainstreaming disability. The theme for 2017 International Day of People with Disability was “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all,” he said. The all-encompassing principle of this theme is to ‘leave no one behind’ and empowers people with disability to be active contributors of society. The theme provides focus on how society can strive for inclusivity through the removal of physical, technological and attitudinal barriers for people with disability. This global framework aims to strengthen the resilience of people with disability by providing full access to justice, health care services, infrastructure and accessible communities. It is focuses on inclusive education, lifelong learning, and sustainable economic growth through employment. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that women and girls with disabilities are up to three times more likely to be victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and rape. They face multiple forms of discrimination, including discrimination based on their gender and disability – making them more isolated, marginalised, and vulnerable to violence. Like all children, those with disabilities have many abilities, but are often excluded from society by discrimination and lack of support, leaving them among the most invisible and vulnerable. In line with the problems facing people with disabilities particularly children. Mavambo Orphan Care (MOC), advocates for schools to ensure creation of an inclusive environment for children with special needs. MOC works with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE)’s Department of Schools Psychological Services (SPS), other disability-specific organisations (Health Watch), and the Ministry Of Public Service, Labour And Social Welfare (MoPSLSW) to assess and advise schools and ECD centres in light of recommended universal infrastructure design.
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