KARACHI – December 6 (APP): First Lady Samina Arif Alvi on the need for collective efforts to bring about a change in the mental attitude towards special people in the society and to promote their inclusion, acceptance and access in all spheres of life. Emphasized. A limited and discriminatory mental attitude prevailing in the society hinders the advancement of special people.
He said this while addressing the graduation ceremony at the Vocational Training Institute of Network of Organizations Working for People with Disabilities Pakistan (NOWPDP) on Tuesday. Awards and certificates were distributed among the special students who completed the courses. Samina Arif Alvi said that it is our collective responsibility to work together to bring change in the society because it is not physical or mental disability that prevents the development and advancement of special people. Rather, it is a limited and discriminatory mental attitude prevailing in the society.
He said that Pakistan has already ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, laws and policies are in place in the country while government and non-government organizations are working to facilitate them, protect their rights and promote their agenda. are doing
The First Lady said that all stakeholders need to focus on ensuring implementation of laws and policies, further improving relevant policies, increasing access and a paradigm shift in overall social behavior to bring about real change. He added that it is the need of the hour to eliminate discrimination against persons with special needs and to ensure and promote their social and financial inclusion in every sphere of life.
Begum Alvi said that along with traditional education, we need to focus on equipping special children with marketable technical and vocational skills and vocational training so that they can utilize their talents and become a useful part of the society. And can play their full role in the development and prosperity of the country.
Samina Arif Alvi while appreciating the efforts of the NOWPDP administration for providing job-based training to special children and assisting them in getting jobs, said that apart from special institutions, special children are also educated and taught in normal schools. He urged print, electronic and social media to spread awareness and promote the idea of inclusion of special persons and avoid using inappropriate language.
Speaking on the occasion, NOWPDP President Amin Hashwani said that special people are an integral part of the society and steps are needed to bring them into the national stream so that they can play an active role in the development of the country.
CEONOWPDP Umeer Ahmed and Fatima while talking on the occasion said that 668 students have completed their courses in literacy training in various fields in the centers of Karachi, Sajawal and Islamabad. Earlier, First Lady Samina Arif Alvi visited different parts of the institution including textile lab, computer lab and arts gallery. In the end, Samina Arif Alvi distributed the prizes among the best performing students while the institute administration presented souvenirs to the distinguished guest.
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