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By Lyson Mapanga
The Technical Entrepreneurial and Vocational Training Authority (TEVETA) has come up with an affirmative action to promote access to vocational training among persons with disabilities especially the youths who have completed their Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) and they are just staying at homes so that they should pursue vocational skills in all technical colleges across the country.
Speaking at the press conference conducted in Lilongwe, Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati called upon persons with disabilities especially the youths to apply for the scholarship either through TEVETA or her Ministry through Department of Disability and Elderly Affairs (DDEA). “I would like to call upon persons with disabilities aged 16 and above who possess the Malawi School Certificate of Education MSCE that they should apply for the scholarship,” Said Kaliati.
Through this initiative, 20 places will be reserved for persons with disabilities to attain vocational training in all technical colleges. Persons with disabilities will be at a position to be trained Administrative Studies, Auto mobile Mechanics, Information and Communication Technology, Electoral Installation and Motor Cycle Mechanics just to mention a few.
Article 24 (C) of the 2006 United Nations Convection on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) stipulates that ‘the development by persons with disabilities of their personally, talents and creativity, as well as their mental and physical abilities, to their fullest potential.’
In regards to this article, it has been the fight of Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi (FEDOMA) and its affiliated Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) lobbying for equal access to vocational training to persons with disabilities in the country.