Choppies Official Applauds Govt

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Assistant manager of Choppies Enterprises, Ms Lorato Lalamakodi has applauded government’s commitment in taking affirmative action initiatives to People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs).

She noted that government had taken a leading role in issues of education pertaining to PLWD’s through establishment of special education units as an integral part of regular and non-formal education in every district.

Speaking during the recent disability day commemoration under the themed: Sustainable Development, The Promise of Technology, Ms Lalamokodi said the theme called for equalisation of opportunities in and not limited to education, employment and economic development and accessibility.

She said government had given PLWDs the opportunity to benefit from government programmes. Furthermore, she said government had urged other departments with delegated recruitment powers to make a special dispensation when considering PLWD’s for recruitment and employment.

Ms Lalamokodi called the private sectors to also promote the affirmative action’s initiatives by employing PLWD’s in their companies. Moreover, she applauded Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) for playing a vital role especially on Vocational Training Centers.

She said students with disabilities are supported with technical devices and appliances such as modified vehicles, computers, Braille machines and others that enable them to have accessible and conducive learning environment.

Ms Lalamokodi also lauded Lobatse Town Council (LTC) in collaboration with District Disability Coordinating committee for ensuring equal rights for PLWD’s.

She said to show the inclusiveness of PLWD’s in the education syste, they have 44 students with disabilities at Bothakga Primary School, six under normal stream in local schools and eight at rehabilitation centres outside Lobatse.

As a way of empowering PLWD’s economically 13 PLWD’s have 13 people on poverty eradication programme and 12 attached to Tirelo setshaba programme.

She added that, LTC also assist PLWD’s under different Social Welfare Programmes with wheelchairs, crutches and walking frames and urged those who have not yet registered to register with LTC so as to access services accordingly.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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