Varsity don advocates more literacy, technical support for persons with disabilities
By Gabriel Chy Alonta
The Director, Centre for Disability and Special Needs Research (CENDASNER), Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Awka, Anambra State, Prof. Williams Emeka Obiozor, has called for more literacy, technical and vocational education training support for persons with disabilities.
Prof. Obiozor, who spoke to Orient Daily on the occasion of the 2020 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Thursday, stressed the need to increase awareness and advocacy on the rights of persons with disabilities across Nigeria and beyond.
The theme for this year’s celebration is, “Building Back Better: Toward a Disability-Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable Post COVID-19 World”, this paper reports.
The director said, “We call on the public to recognize the skills/knowledge possessed by disabled citizens. It is time to empower more people with disabilities with literacy, technical and vocational education training (TVET) because for every disability, there is ability.
“The private sector and civil society organisations are encouraged to join hands in raising awareness and promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in our communities, Africa and the world at large”.
According to Obiozor, a professor of Adult Education of the university, the CENDASNER would visit communities, media houses and other stakeholders to further stress the import of promoting information on disabilities; need for educating persons with special needs in the inclusive classrooms and the practice of public-friendly behaviours towards them.
The director disclosed that CENDASNER is working assiduously on the maiden International Disability Summit in Awka, which, he said, would provide an opportunity to brainstorm on local, national and international collaborations on meeting the post-COVID-19 needs of persons with disabilities in the society.
He thanked the university vice-chancellor, Prof. Charles Okechukwu Esimone FAS, for setting up Centre for Disability and Special Needs Research (CENDASNER) in the institution, to cater for research on disabilities and special needs welfare services of both students and staff on campus.
Orient Daily gathered that the annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 47/3 aimed at promoting an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.