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Poly accommodates people with disability

 Martin Limbo, director of the National Disability Council and Tjama Tjivikua, Rector of the Polytechnic of Namibia, at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two parties this week. (Photograph by Yvonne Amukwaya)The Polytechnic of Namibia and the National Disability Council of Namibia signed a memorandum of understanding this week. The agreement is aimed at assisting the learning institution to better accommodate and implement programmes accessible to persons with disability.
The Polytechnic, through its Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, will provide capacity building initiatives in areas such as a disability mainstreaming programme, computer literacy, and training such individuals in disability law programmes.
Martin Limbo, director of the National Disability Council, said that the memorandum of understanding between the two parties will assist all people with disability and other beneficiaries to acquire desired skills in areas such as disability mainstreaming, various capacity building and skills training programmes, basic entrepreneurship training programmes, information technology as well as computer literacy.
“This agreement is not only aimed at empowering those people living with disability but it also seeks to create an enabling and friendly environments for the disabled,” said Limbo. He said the purpose of this agreement is not only meant to benefit people with disabilities but intends to benefit various other senior public sector practitioners.
Also speaking at the signing agreement, the director of Social Welfare Services in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Batseba Katjiuongua said that challenges on issues of  mainstreaming disability are not merely medical as perceived but that these are the centre of equality, human rights and social economic development agenda.
“The Ministry of Health and Social Services cannot address these issues alone.”
She said that although the Ministry can deal with health and rehabilitation needs of persons living with disability, there are other pressing issues such as housing and education which require that they form sustainable partnerships across government departments as well as with other sectors.

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