NAIROBI: 4th December 2023
County Executive for Inclusivity Public Participation and Customer Service, Dr. Anastasia Nyalita graced the celebrations of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities that was held at the National Youth Headquarters in Ruaraka Sub county Nairobi.
Said The County Executive “As we celebrate the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, a day globally recognized and dedicated to promoting the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It is our duty is to promote community awareness and acceptance of people with disabilities. This year’s theme “United in action to rescue and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for, with and by persons with disabilities” is a wakeup call to all of us to work together and make the world better and fairer to people with disability.”
“In our collective journey towards a more inclusive society, it is crucial to acknowledge the importance of breaking down barriers—whether they be physical, social, or attitudinal. By fostering understanding and embracing diversity, we pave the way for a world where every individual, regardless of their abilities, can thrive and contribute meaningfully” added Dr. Nyalita.
Said Dr. Nyalita “Governor, Sakaja in his manifesto committed and is implementing most of the pledges he made to the people of Nairobi, key among them, creation of Gender and Inclusivity sector which deals with policy issues and oversees mainstreaming of disability in the County, promoting disability mainstreaming programs, Nairobi County has 40 integrated schools and six exclusive special schools.”
“The County has eleven TVET institutions which admit learners with disabilities, the County offers Bursaries to learners, include them sporting activities, Access to public facilities including Health facilities. The county has Improved accessibility and mobility for PWDs, reserves 5% of all employment to persons with disabilities and reserves 30% of all procurement opportunities to youth, women and persons with disabilities.”
She urged the participants to commit to creating an environment that prioritize accessibility, education, and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. “By doing so, we not only uphold their rights but also enrich our communities with a wealth of unique perspectives and talents” She said.
“Remember, disability is not inability. As we commemorate this day, let us renew our dedication to building a world that values, supports, and empowers every individual, ensuring that no one is left behind. Together, let us work towards a future where inclusion is not just a goal but a reality for all.” Said Dr. Nyalita.