Ministry champions rights of people with disabilities

ALL citizens including those living with disabilities should be treated the same, says Ministry of Youth and Sports director William Naisara.

In encouraging 18 youths in Labasa who live with disability, Mr Naisara said it was his team’s task to create awareness on the rights of all Fijians which were enshrined in the Constitution.

As chief guest at the graduation of the 18 youths who are members of the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons (FNCDP), Mr Naisara told them that the Constitution embraced equality.

“We need to start treating everyone the same whether women, men, disabled or not,” he said.

“The 2013 Constitution recognises and upholds the rights of persons with disabilities and intends to protect the dignity and rights of every Fijian with disabilities.

“Many disabled persons in Fiji have defied the odds stacked against them to be successful in life, in sports and work.”

Mr Naisara told the graduates that they could become effective contributors at home, school and the nation.

The 18 youths graduated with certificates in screen-printing and tie-dyeing which was organised by the ministry.

FNCDP officer Niumai Donu told guests and graduates that the assistance by the ministry would change the lives of the youths.

“We are blessed to have been assisted by the Ministry of Youth and we will always be grateful because these graduates can now earn a living through what they learned.”

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