UN empowers 25 persons with disabilities from six colleges

24May 2018
The Guardian
UN empowers 25 persons with disabilities from six colleges

THE United Nations (UN) in partnership with an NGO, SEED Trust has trained and certified 25 persons with disabilities from six universities to be new ambassadors and champions of the global goals.

UN Communications Specialist Hoyce Temu.

 The ambassadors who come from the universities and colleges of Mzumbe, Patandi, Jordani, Dodoma (UDOM), Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and Sokoine (SUA), will be working to raise awareness and be part of the implementation of the Global Goals in their communities with a special focus on reaching other people living with disabilities.

Speaking on behalf of the UN Resident Coordinator, Alvaro Rodriguez, the UN Communications Specialist Hoyce Temu said that the certification of the 25 persons living with disabilities is part of the UN’s effort to leave no one behind as called for in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Temu said that the Global Goals are universal and inclusive where everyone has role to play including persons with disabilities who are among the most marginalised.

“We, the UN, want persons living with disabilities to understand the Global Goals and to play an active role in their implementation. Working closely with the government and SEED Trust, we want these new Global Goals champions to show that living with disabilities should not stop you from playing the role in Tanzania’s development,” she said.

According to her, the new Global Goals champions will campaign and advocate for solutions to challenges faced by persons living with disabilities. They will focus on issues related to persons living with disabilities for four of the 17 Global Goals.

These include Goal 3(good health and well-being), Goal 4 which stands for quality education, Goal 5 (gender equality), Goal 8 (decent work and economic growth) and Goal number 10 which aims at reducing inequalities.

For her part, SEED Trust-Tanzania executive director Margaret Mkanga said that people living with disabilities were instrumental in creating the transformational roadmap to a better future.

“Persons living with disabilities must be leaders; guiding the world achieving these goals for everyone. This journey demands our persistent and unwavering duty to hold our governments accountable to their own commitments, we cannot afford to be left behind again,” he said.

During the lauch, Morogoro assistant administrative secretary Ernest Mkongo said that the government will continue collaborating and extending its support to people with disabilities and the organisations to enable them to be recognised and contribute well in development issues.

The 25 certified youths adds to the total of 1,500 of already trained champions of the Sustainable Development Goals.