Saturday, June 23, 2018

All is set for Official launch of Dominica’s foundation ICT training for disabled in Ashanti

Mr. Dannis Osei-Marfo 

Billions of dollars are invested every year in projects meant to fight poverty, provide quality education services for the youth, improve access to healthcare services, and more.
Unfortunately, too many of these projects leave behind persons with disabilities.

Both governments and civil society, including disabled persons organizations (DPOs), can play a role in holding bilateral and multilateral international development agencies accountable for disability inclusion in their projects.

That is the main motivation behind PROMOAFRICA’s will to partner Dominica’s Foundation and Aviella Foundation to organised an ICT training for persons with disabilities in Ashanti region to accelerate their integration to society and the alleviate poverty.

Speaking in a exclusive TodayGhanaNews, the coordinator of Dominica’s Foundation Ashanti ICT training project persons with disabilities, Mr. Dannis Osei-Marfo said, all is set for the grand launch of the project at Kumasi cultural centre on 11th August 2018.

Mr. Dannis Osei-Marfo explained that, the project is in concept with the Africa Union protocol on persons with disabilities in Africa, adopted by African heads of states in Addis Ababa -Ethiopia in January 2018.

Ms Dominica Nana Esi Amankwa
He said, “The foundation of this project is derived from article 14 of the protocol which encourage States Parties to take effective and appropriate measures, including peer support, to enable persons with disabilities to attain and maintain maximum independence, full physical, mental, social and vocational ability, and full inclusion and participation in all aspects of life, including by:
a. Organising, strengthening and extending comprehensive habilitation and rehabilitation services and programmes, particularly in the areas of health, employment, education and social services;
c. Promoting the availability, knowledge and use of appropriate, suitable and affordable assistive devices and technologies;
d. Supporting the design, development, production, distribution and servicing of assistive devices and equipment for persons with disabilities, adapted to local conditions;
e. Developing, adopting and implementing standards, including regulations on accessibility and universal design, suitable to local conditions.

He said, so far, the Chief Executive officer of Dominica’s foundation, Ms. Dominica Nana Esi Amankwaa has confirm with all the local in international dignitaries for their full participation.
He said, speakers at the event will include, Ms. Belinda Nana Ekua Amoah (Mzbel) who is PROMOAFRICA Disability music ambassador, The Ashanti Regional Minister Hon. Simon Osei Mensah, the Regional Director of Department of Social Welfare, Vice-President of PROMOAFRICA, Mr. Jeorge Wilson Kingson, and local representative of Aviella Foundation.

He said, there will also be an exhibition of art and craft made by persons with disabilities in the region and a mini funds raising toward the project.

Source: Seth Addi/TodayGhanaNews