Roundtable discussion on training, mentoring and employment of persons with disabilities

Dec 21, 2016

Teams divided to discuss the three themes. UNDP Egypt/Fatma Elzahraa Yassin

On the occasion of the International Day for the Persons with Disabilities, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Egypt ICT Trust Fund (Partnership between the Egypt ICT-Trust Fund and UNDP) held a roundtable discussion under the umbrella of the “Jobs and Skills for Persons with Disabilities with a Focus on ICT-Based Solutions”.

The theme for the international day this year is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”, to emphasize the significance of persons with disabilities’ inclusion in all life endeavors which is a prerequisite to attain sustainable development. The day witnessed effective participation from all stakeholders including ministries, specialized councils, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.               

The roundtable tackled three main themes on persons with disabilities employment which entails: training, mentoring, and employment. And towards the end of the roundtable, best practices, challenges and recommendations were presented.

“The United Nations started the celebration of the international day in 1992, endorsing and committing to raising awareness on the persons with disabilities’ issues in addition to supporting their contributions to social, economic and political spheres. The development of positive, effective and concise recommendations is key result of the roundtable, which aims to guaranteeing that persons with disabilities will have same opportunities and rights to ensure their wellbeing”, said UNDP Country Director a. i. Naglaa Arafa.

Skills Expert Christine Hofmann on behalf of Mr. Peter van Rooij, ILO Director: “Congratulations on the occasion of the international day of persons with disabilities and for all your commendable efforts to promote their rights. ILO is committed to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a particular focus on achieving Goal 8 which relates to decent work and economic growth. This will not happen without their full inclusion in the labor market. For this, we have been working since 2014 with UNDP and the ICT Trust Fund so that the work environment acknowledges the value and capacities of PWDs, and ensures that they are fully included”.  

From her side, Eng. Hoda Dahroug presented the ministry of Communications’ experience and the project’s achievements in particular. The main achievements are linked to providing skills to visually impaired people and persons with disabilities. The project also worked on building the capacities of the specialized NGOs capacities to provide training services and contribute to the creation of trainees’ job opportunities. She also presented the best practices and success stories in addition to the challenges that faced the project.

The roundtable discussion falls under the umbrella of the “Jobs and Skills for Persons with Disabilities with a focus on ICT-based solutions” project, a joint partnership between the ILO, UNDP and the Egypt-ICT Trust Fund and is funded by the UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) which is a unique collaborative effort that brings together UN entities, governments, Disabled People’s Organizations and the broader civil society to advance disability rights around the world.

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