We always say that education is about more that learning to read, write or mathematics. Having an education empowers people to believe in themselves and change their communities for the better. We saw proof of this during this year’s commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, 2014 in Central and South Somalia.
At a big ceremony organized by the Minister of Labour/Social Welfare, the Chairman of disabled people spoke of the power of AET’s literacy and numeracy programmes for people with disabilities.
‘Not only are they supporting us with Literacy and Skill training but they helped bring together the disability organisations into one organisation which can now speak with one big voice. Without them, this unity would not have materialized’
To say thank you, the Minister of Labour side by side with his Director General with big smiles handed over the reward of an official certificate for AET’s role and contributions to disabled people’s rights, their advocacy role and empowerment in Somalia. The Ministry also announced it was eager to give support to new disability projects and will seek support to build and repair the three Disability centres in Mogadishu.
At the ceremony, our local team spoke of AET’s commitment to education- how to improve education, how to make it more accessible and how to get education systems going again. The announced that the current disability project has reached more than 4,500 people and will continue to reach more.
It was a very outstanding ceremony and we were very honoured to have been recognised by both these institutions. We are so impressed by the commitment and work of these disability organisations and their amazing members who prove that when given appropriate support there isn’t anything people with disabilities can’t achieve.
We are now helping the disability organisations draft and prepare a paper for a disability constitution to be brought before the Somali parliament in January.