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No Fijian Left Behind, Participants Assured

Government praised for acknowledging the disabled community No Fijian with disability will be left behind with the current Govern­ment. This was the assurance made yesterday by the Youth Administrator-Macuata, Sha­lendra
23 Jun 2018 11:00
No Fijian Left Behind, Participants Assured
Youth Administrator-Macuata, Shalendra Bishma (sitting third from left), with some of the participants who took part in the five-day baking and pastry workshop at Labasa School for Special Education. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

Government praised for acknowledging the disabled community

No Fijian with disability will be left behind with the current Govern­ment.

This was the assurance made yesterday by the Youth Administrator-Macuata, Sha­lendra Bishma, while handing out certifi­cates to 32 participants who took part in a five-day baking and pastry workshop at the Labasa School for Special Education.

Mr Bishma has urged those with disabili­ties to stand up for themselves and make the most of the available opportunities.

“We all know that for far too long, people living with disabilities have been among the most disadvantaged in our societies. Not only here in Fiji, but throughout the developing world,” he said.

“This changed in the 2016-2017 Budget when Government maximised the employ­ment opportunities of the disabled.

“I thank the Government, the Prime Min­ister and the Minister for Economy for thinking of people living with disabilities and giving them an opportunity to better themselves from what they are now.

“These workshops will open doors for those living with disability and I am really glad that the Government is coming in now, not only being vocal, but doing things that raises the bar.”

He said the Bainimarama Government had made great strides to acknowledge the country’s disabled community.

Head teacher Mukesh Chand acknowl­edged the ministry and Government for recognising people living with disabilities.

“With the certificate you are awarded to­day, you become a motivator to those who also live with disability,” Mr Chand said.

“I know this will not be the last pro­gramme organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Government of the day – thank you for recognising people living with disability,” he said.

Angeline Bradburgh, a member of the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons, thanked the Government for hearing the plight of persons living with disabilities.

“After this workshop, I can now bake and with what I have learned, I can sell my baking to earn a living – thank you Baini­marama Government,” she said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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