GIS – 10 November 2014: The Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions will organise a series of activities on 3 December 2014 in the context of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The theme chosen by the United Nations (UN) this year is Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology.
Moreover, for the first time, a National Disability Excellence Award 2014 will be organised by the Training and Employment of Disabled Persons Board in collaboration with the Ministry to reward best employers of disabled persons, and best disabled employees.
The launching of a National Troupe of Artists with Disabilities that include artists with disabilities, such as Jane Constance, blind singer; Eddy Sangor; and Jessica Malié, hearing impaired dancers is also scheduled.
A visit to a child with severe disability and an NGO catering for the welfare of persons with disabilities is also planned. In the context of the third edition of the Yogesh Patroo Award, a song competition for persons with disabilities will be organised to pay tribute to the latter. Yogesh Patroo, a former student at Vacoas State Secondary School and talented artist with muscular dystrophy passed away on 31 December 2011. The Award will comprise three categories, that is, Oriental, Sega and European, and a shield and a cash prize will be offered to the winner of each category.
It is recalled that the annual observance of International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the UN General Assembly. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
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