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Skills training

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, May 10, 2014

PERSONS living with disabilities will be able to develop their skills further with the help of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation and other organisations in expanding training facilities and centre in the country.

Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Minister Dr Jiko Luveni said the ministry, in collaboration with the Fiji National Council for Persons Living with Disability (FNCDP) and NGOs, had developed a work plan that articulated all the key pillars of development that the government would put in place to cultivate enabling and inclusive society for persons living with disabilities.

Dr Luveni said the Constitution promoted inclusivity and equality for persons living with disabilities in the country.

"Currently, there is a training centre in Suva and one in Labasa and there are plans to build a similar facility in the Western Division," she said.

"The ministry has also provided financial assistance of $200,000 to 17 NGOs that co-ordinates programs for persons living with disabilities in Fiji."

She said those families who had persons living with disabilities were also given special consideration while applying for social welfare assistance.

"The assistance comes in form of monthly allowances, which is inclusive of the monthly $40 food voucher.

"Through the government's bus fare concession, persons living with disabilities also have the privilege to travel in buses for free and get 20 per cent discount on taxi fare for 20 kilometres travelled."

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