NDCN to economically empower people with disabilities

06 Feb 2018 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 06 FEB (NAMPA) – The National Disability Council of Namibia (NDCN) plans to prioritise the economic empowerment of disabled people during the 2018/19 financial year.
In a statement availed to Nampa here on Tuesday, the council said persons with disabilities are in need of financial support to start up their businesses.
“Persons with disabilities that went through the entrepreneurship programme facilitated by the Namibia University of Science and Technology need to be provided with surety in order to ensure that they are not just trained and then left on their own,” the statement reads.
Fifteen students graduated from the Entrepreneurship Training Programme (ETP) last year.
The ETP is an academic programme for people with disabilities initiated by the NDCN and carried out in collaboration with the Centre for Enterprise Development of the Namibia University of Science and Technology.
The council also said it plans to establish economic partnerships with banking institutions to help people with disabilities to pursue their aspirations.
Approached for comment, the Head of the NDCN’s Research and Development Department, Tjiueza Tjombumbi said economic empowerment of disabled persons will contribute to Namibia’s development.
“It will stimulate and diversify our economy through job creation and infrastructure development,” he said.
Tjombumbi said although there are beneficiaries who completed the programme and started their own businesses despite the lack of support, there are still a number of people who need help.
“NDCN wishes to create a conducive and healthy environment in which those who go through this programme are assured that they will use the knowledge and skills attained for the betterment of our society,” he added.
The statement said other planned activities include the development of a manual on how to award persons with disabilities who perform well. They also want to increase awareness of disabilities.
“It is important that persons with disabilities are recognised so that others can learn from them and aspire to follow the good example set by their excelling peers,” he said.