Namibia Economist (Windhoek)

Namibia: Disabled People Fully Capable

The National Disability Council commemorated the Annual Disability Day over two days with events at the Khomasdal Sports Stadium, on 9 June and at the Zoo Park on 10 June. It has also launched the Councils' first edition of their quarterly newsletter titled "Disability-ability Today."

In her keynote address, Member of Parliament, Hon. Alexia Ncube, said the Annual Disability Commemoration Day is the ideal platform for all people in the country living with disability to appreciate their uniqueness, self-esteem and honour their own worth.

She said that the annual celebration of the day presents the disability council eith the opportunity to make sure that disability remains on the radar of all institutions.

"..that disability remains a critical issue which needs a collective effort by all people with disabilities in order to achieve the objective of inclusivety in a society for all," she said.

Ncube said that the day should remind all people with disabilities to stand and advocate for their own rights to human dignity, equal rights, equal opportunities as well as equal aspirations in society.

"The challenges that people face in our society are enormous and hectic. Ranging from the stigma attached to their conditions and physical limitations to denied access to buildings, information and equal education opportunities," she said.

Ncube congratulated the council on signing a memorandum of understanding with the Polytechnic of Namibia and the Disability Council on capacity building and said that she is proud to witness the launch of the official newsletter of the council.

The two days of celebrations and commemoration were well-supported by people with disabilities. It attracted much attention from the public when disabled people showed off a little, proving just how capable they are.

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