29 Sep 2017 19:00pm
GOBABIS, 29 SEP (NAMPA) - Deputy Minister of Disability Affairs, Alexia Manombe-Ncube has called for equal opportunities to be granted to people with disabilities.
Manombe-Ncube said people with disabilities are often left out when it comes to skills transfer and training, something which needs redress.
She made the remarks during the launch of the National Disability Council of Namibia entrepreneurship training here on Thursday.
The deputy minister said despite progressive legislation and a clear commitment by Government, people with disabilities do not have regular access to the same opportunities within the communities they live in.
Its a fact that a large portion of people with disabilities have difficulties to access facilities, especially those in rural areas, she said.
She noted that the equalisation of opportunities demands equal participation, accessibility to the physical environment and access to education and training, among others.
Manombe-Ncube also wants equal opportunities in employment for people with disabilities.
She said the countrys laws must neither discriminate nor raise obstacles to employment
There must be active provision of support to ensure people with disabilities gain employment. These active provisions of support call for provision of vocational training and incentive oriented quota schemes, she said.
The training is run in conjunction with the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) and is financially supported by the NamPower Foundation and the Development Bank of Namibia.
A total of 1 619 trainees operating a business or with a business idea will be trained.
The 2011 Namibian Census places the number of people living with disabilities in the country at 98 413. This figure was 85 567 in 2001 and 42 932 in 1991.
According to the same Census, 68 908 people with disabilities lived in rural areas, compared to only 29 505 in urban areas.
The proportion of people with disabilities without formal education is higher in rural areas (82,3 per cent) than in urban areas at 17,7 per cent.