DECEMBER 3 marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, an annual occasion highlighting how nations can work together to ensure that persons with disabilities can too become valued, independent as well as fully participating and contributing members of the society.
In celebrating this worldwide event, the Special Education Unit (SEU) under the Ministry of Education recently held an awareness drive at the Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas.
Leading the group was Haji Ali Yusri bin Haji Abdul Ghafor, Acting Head of the
SEU together with SEU officers and members of the public. Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, the Minister of Education, was also present in supporting the event.
Proclaimed on December 3, 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 47/3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities “aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been observed annually worldwide, with the theme for 2017 being ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all’”.
Haji Ali Yusri said that a key factor in meeting the requirements of this year’s theme and achieving social inclusion is the collaboration between stakeholders within the community.
He said, “A strategic alliance between relevant government agencies, private corporate bodies, voluntary sector organisations and civil society needs to be forged to aspire towards a sustainable and resilient society for all. Let’s join hands and work together to make a lasting difference in the lives of persons with disabilities in our community.”
The event saw onlookers being treated to a free flow of ice cream while children were treated with colourful balloons inked with phrases advocating kindness and the essence of social inclusion.