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Minister urges common Seta vision on empowerment of disabled

by lloyd last modified 2008-09-30 17:09

Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas) should develop a common vision around strategies aimed at assisting people with disabilities access the highest skills empowerment opportunities, Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana said today.

Released by Department of Labour on 07 March 2008

Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas) should develop a common vision around strategies aimed at assisting people with disabilities access the highest skills empowerment opportunities, Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana said today.

The Minister was a keynote speaker at the launch of a special bridging learnership project to help people with disabilities study for up to the N4 level without the current obstacles that have been preventing them from advancing to such levels.

The Wholesale and Retail Seta project is sponsored by the Thabo Mbeki Disabled Trust (TMDT) and is a first of its kind.

 

Minister Mdladlana said the project was a perfect solution towards reversing the poor success rate of fulfilling the National Skills Development Strategy’s objective that  4% of the country’s learnerships must go to people with disabilities.

 

He said the project should act as an encouragement for all Setas not to be afraid to try different strategies for the betterment of economic sustainability chances of people with disabilities.

“I am disappointed that even government has failed to achieve the 4% target.  We cannot expect the private sector alone to fulfil this requirement.

 

 I also call on all Setas to develop a common vision around strategies aimed at assisting people with disabilities. Setas must work together to leverage the achievements of each other rather than always reinventing the wheel,” he said.

 

Commending the Wholesale and Retail Seta on its initiative, the Minister said: “It shows the kind of thought, leadership and vision that we expect from our SETAs as the custodians of skills development in our country.

 

While such interventions as the Sheltered Employment factories, sporadic bursaries and disabilities social grants have been taking the cause of empowering the disabled, obstacles that the new project would help remove had always been a barrier to desired results.

 

The Minister urged stakeholders to be sensitive when recruiting learners with disabilities into various programmes, particularly the type of assessment tools they use as in some instances  they often acted as obstacles rather than enabling tools.

 

Renamed after its current patron-in-chief in 1998, the TMDT was previously known as the Development Fund for Disabled People and caters for people of all diverse disabilities.





 

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