- 04 December, 2017: Government is striving for an equitable society that promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in society; gender equality and the rights of elders and the development of children. Our citizens must fight against indifference and discrimination so as to foster a culture of unity, fraternity and harmony that will in turn contribute to the stability and progress of the country. We must ensure that people with disabilities should always be given due attention and respect so that they fully participate in the society.
This statement was made yesterday by the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Moka.
He was speaking on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, commemorated on 01 December, in the presence of the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr Etienne Sinatambou and several Ministers as well as other eminent personalities.
The Prime Minister reiterated that Government is committed to provide adequate measures and facilities to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities. He spoke of the Building Control (Accessibility and Gender Compliance in Buildings) Regulations. The proposal of the Disability Bill, aiming to protect the rights of persons with disabilities as well as eliminating discrimination against them is yet another measure that Government is working upon, added the Prime Minister.
As regards the promotion of equity in the education system, the Prime Minister highlighted the various scholarships that are being provided to encourage learners with disabilities to achieve higher education aspirations. He underscored that the increase in the grant-in-aid to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) running Special Education Needs schools and the coming up of a Special Education Needs Authority are also measures put in place to that effect.
Prime Minister Jugnauth lauded the talents and perseverance of persons with disabilities as well as the key role of NGOs in providing the necessary support to them. The achievements of Mauritians with disabilities, he underlined, have been remarkable in various fields even at international level. The Prime Minister referred to the examples of Jane Constance and Yaseen Edoo who have made Mauritius proud at national and international level. Mr Reynolds Permal is yet another source of inspiration for all people with disabilities to strive for excellence, he added.
For his part, the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr Etienne Sinatambou, called upon a change in attitudes and mentality vis à vis people with disabilities so that they are valorised and their status is recognised and acknowledged in the society.
On this occasion, a National Disability Skills Award Ceremony, rewarding the best employees with disability and the best recruiting employers was also held.
International Day of Disabled Persons
The International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
The theme for this year is Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all.
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