UNESCO and ILO UNPRPD multi-country training program ends on a high note – India Education | Latest Education News | World Education News

It was all smiles as the United Nations Partnership for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) project advisory committees received their certificates of participation after completing the five-day regional induction training organized by the United Nations United for Education, Science and Culture. Office for Southern Africa (UNESCO ROSA) and the Regional Office of the International Labor Organization (ILO) on March 4, 2022.

The induction training program which started on February 28, 2022 provided the appointed advisory committee members from the 4 countries (Tanzania, Namibia, Zambia and Mozambique) with knowledge on key disability inclusion concepts that will support smooth implementation of the regional project.

The workshop was also an opportunity to remind the UNPRPD Project Advisory Committee of the main objective and areas of intervention of the regional project to combat the prejudices and stereotypes that currently prevent people with disabilities from accessing the development of skills and employment opportunities in the region.

About 70 stakeholders drawn from DPOs, government, TVET institutions, workers’ and employers’ organizations, TVET learners with disabilities, and UNESCO and ILO members from Zimbabwe, Tanzania , Namibia and Mozambique participated in the workshop.
The first day of the training, facilitated by Magdeline Madibela (UNRCO ZIM) and Umbrella Body ZIM FODPZ, gave participants an overview of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with a focus on Articles 24 (Education) and 27 (Work and Employment).
Article 24 of the CPRD speaks of the need for children with disabilities to be able to participate fully in the general education system.

“Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) not only states that children with disabilities should not be discriminated against, but also that they should be able to participate in the education system. general.” – Article 24 of the CRPD

In addition, Article 27 of the CRPD on the recognition of the rights of persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others was also unveiled.

“States Parties recognize the right of persons with disabilities to work, on an equal basis with others; this includes the right to the opportunity to earn a living through work that is freely chosen or accepted in a labor market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities. States parties shall safeguard and promote the realization of the right to work, including for those who acquire a disability in the course of employment, by taking appropriate measures, including through legislation. – Article 27 of the CRPD

The preview also saw the Chief Director for Disability Affairs and Social Development at the Ministry of Civil Service, Labor and Social Care, Dr Mthethwa, recount the historical development of disability patterns.

“In the past, people with disabilities were seen as a charity case (charitable model), flawed (medical model), and now in the new realization, people with disabilities are seen as a group disabled by barriers in society (model social),” said Dr Mthetwa of (MPSLSW)

The second day of the induction training further guided the UNPRPD Advisory Committee through the key concepts of equality and non-discrimination where Agness Chindimba (Zimbabwe) and DPOs from Tanzania and Mozambique shared experiences experienced by people with disabilities via an online plenary.

“In some cases, women with disabilities undergo forced sterilization because they fear giving birth to a disabled child.” –Agness Chindimba
Society’s failure to understand the needs of people with disabilities has also been highlighted as the reason for inequality and discrimination.

“Society does not understand the needs of people with disabilities, there is a lot of misunderstanding about albinism which also leads to discrimination and negative stereotypes which are discriminatory.” – Deborah Tigere, Country Director of CBM.

To address inequality, the recommendations suggested that people with disabilities should also have equal opportunities in society.

“Achieving substantive equality requires going beyond mere equal treatment to achieving equality of opportunity and outcome!”

The third day of the workshop started off lively with a demonstration to participants of how to carry out disability assessments in TVET and workplaces before a discussion on audit design and tools.

In addition, the concepts of accessibility and reasonable accommodation in TVET and workplaces, facilitated by Phinith Chantalangsy (UNESCO), were also discussed before case studies from two UNPRPD project countries were shared. .

“Reasonable accommodation means necessary and appropriate modification and adjustments, not imposing a disproportionate or undue burden, as appropriate in a particular case, to ensure the enjoyment or exercise of all human rights and fundamental freedoms , on an equal basis.”- CRPD Article 2

Moses Mukabeta (UNESCO Education Sector), led the day five discussion on the inclusion of general services in TVET and workspaces. In addition, data issues for inclusion and advocacy and the design of an audit tool also became central.

In addition, Stefan Tromel (ILO), Phinith Chantalangsy (UNESCO) and Adolphus (ILO) then presented and clarified aspects of intersectoral coordination to bridge learning and working environments, and accountability and governance. using the audit tool to improve monitoring.

To wrap up the proceedings, the Albino Association of Zimbabwe, including Deaf Women, and other DPOs in Mozambique explored issues of meaningful participation of people with disabilities, underrepresented groups of people with disabilities, and women and girls with disabilities. .

The two-year regional UNPRPD project aims to support the 4 countries to jointly develop and test models and tools that can help technical vocational training institutions (TVET), employers, employees and training organizations. employers to understand and collectively address patterns of stigma and discrimination. that exist for people with disabilities.

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