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Public urged to change attitude towards the disabled

By Hassan G. Koroma

National Coordinator, Education for All-Sierra Leone Coalition, has said in Freetown that the public needs to change their attitude towards persons with disability and allow disabled persons to participate in important issues in their respective communities at all times, to promote equality and discourage discrimination in the country.

Joseph Cobina was speaking yesterday at a press conference organised by EFA  on the commencement of the Global Action Week on Education, themed ‘Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity and Education for Disabled’.

He said the week is celebrated every year after world leaders met in Dakar, Senegal, ten years ago and resolved to establish a coalition that would advocate for the vulnerable to have access to education in under-developed countries.

He said the Global Action Week is celebrated and used as a forum where stakeholders meet to discourse education and identify some of the challenges which blight education.

He said this year’s celebration would put great emphasis on persons with disability, hence the theme ‘Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity and Education for Disabled’.

The coordinator further said that an estimated one billion plus people globally are disabled, and that many are being discriminated against, losing many opportunities as a result because they are disabled.