Handicap International a Humanitarian organization that focuses on the empowerment of people with disability has organised a two day sensitization training for over forty personnel of the Army, Police and Prison at the National Stadium Hostel in Freetown Sierra Leone.
The objective of the training is to sensitize personnel of the forces about the ratified United Nations Convention on the Protection and Rights of the Disable by members of Parliament last year and the need for disable inclusion in institutions like the armed forces, police and prisons.
Issa D Turay Project Manager for the Area Development Programme of Handicap International with operations in Freetown and Kono said disables have the right to participate in governance and community development programmes.
He further explained about the activities of Handicap International in promoting the protection, welfare and empowerment of people living with disability and also partnering with registered Disable Peoples Organization (DPO’s).
Issa D. Turay also said that Forces can play a vital role in lobbying and advocating for people living with disability in their institutions and encouraged participants to disseminate disable inclusion messages to other personnel.
The Training Manager for Handicap International Arthur Saidu facilitated and presented several topics on disable concepts, impairment, disability and inclusion. He also spoke about the causes and preventions of disability.
Arthur Saidu also said that Handicap International is committed and determined to promote the welfare and protection of people living with disability and urged participants to make good use of the training opportunity.
Participants of the sensitization training identified action points for interventions by their institutions and handicap international, they promised to disseminate the message to other personnel in the Army, Police and Prisons.
By Saidu Bah