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Disabled seek education, job opportunities

Disabled seek education, job opportunities

Sep 25, 2011 - 17:12

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A number of special people gathered in front of the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon, or lower house of Parliament, on Sunday and asked lawmakers to help them find educationinfo-icon and employment opportunities.

Members of the National Deaf Association, including womeninfo-icon and children, had inscribed their demands on banners they carried. "We want the president to provide us with education and employment opportunities," one banner read. Another said. "Social integration of the deaf brings development"

The deaf were an underprivileged section of societyinfo-icon which the government must provide equal rights, Deputy Director of Education of the association, Nangyalay Nizami, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The association was provided with political, cultural, social and economic training by NGOs, he informed, saying some of the deaf were imparted shoe-making and tailoring skills as well.

Around 2.7 percent of Afghan population is suffering various disabilities. A new member of the International Convention on Disabled Rights, Afghanistaninfo-icon has made no progress in improving living conditions for the special people.

Alami Balkhi, head of the disabled and widows' commission, said the convention guaranteed facilities and privileges for the special people.






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