MaraviPost iReport: Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati disclosed that government has introduced a long- term Scholarship program for persons with disabilities aiming at improving the literacy levels in Malawi.
The call was made during press briefing at Department of Disability and Elderly Affairs Conference Room on Friday in Lilongwe.
Kaliati says persons with disabilities have been sidelined to equally enjoy their rights in the country.” Despite Malawi entering into force of the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2015,
hiccups like general negative attitudes on the part of societies towards persons with disabilities, lack of knowledge among disabled on the existence of such training opportunities continues to hinder the welfare of persons with disabilities hence venturing into the program of creating equal opportunities through technical and vocational skills training”, lamented Kaliati.
According to her sentiments financing the necessary training for disabled is another big issue that cannot be ignored, considering that the majority of them would not afford to meet the costs of undergoing such the training on their own due to high poverty levels.
She urged the private sector, donors and government to join hands to provide suitable environment (in schools, job and business) for persons with disabilities in as far as livelihoods and country’s development is concerned.
Principal Secretory for Gender Mary Shawa concurred with Kaliati revelations saying Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocation Education and Training Authority (TEVETA) has a reservation of place of 20 persons with disabilities on its Scholarship project in all the public technical colleges.
Therefore, she calls upon all persons with disabilities aged 16 and above with Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) to apply for scholarship before 15th August, 2015 to effectively utilizes available training opportunities.
The project training in categories of: Administrative Studies, Automobile Mechanics, Brick Laying and Information and Communication Technology plus several more is fully funded by TEVETA under government of Malawi.