Saturday, 13 August, 2022

Persons with disabilities need inclusion in workplaces: Speakers

RAJSHAHI: Speakers here called upon the concerned for inclusion of persons with disabilities into workforce through imparting them with technical and vocational education, reports BSS.


They stressed for ensuring skill development training for the people with special needs and viewed that post-training employment could be the vital means of their proper rehabilitation into mainstream.

The observation came in a seminar titled “Promotion of Disability Inclusion at Workplaces” held at conference hall of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) here on Sunday.

Bangladesh Employment Federation (BEF) and RCCI jointly organized the seminar in association with Bangladesh Business and Disability Network (BBDN) and International Labour Organisation (ILO). More than 70 people comprising industry employer, professional leaders, representatives of disabled welfare organizations and entrepreneurs attended the meeting.

Main thrust of the seminar was to devise ways and means on how to establish a bridge between the organizations working for welfare of the physically challenged people with industry employers and Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET).

Fazley Hossain Badsha, MP, addressed the seminar as chief guest with RCCI President Md Muniruzzaman in the chair.

Co-chairman of BBDN Murteza Khan, ILO Senior Skills Development Specialist Kishore Kumar Singh, Chief Executive Officer of BBDN Albert Mollah, Principal of Rajshahi Mohila Polytechnic Institute Omor Faruque, Principal of Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute Farid Uddin also spoke.

Lawmaker Badsha says the present government is committed to helping people with disabilities of working age for improving their skills but the private sector will have to create the employment. It will support organizations that empower people with different disabilities to earn their own livelihoods and contribute to economic growth.

While increasing demand for skilled people with disabilities is necessary from the private sector side, there is also a need to raise the supply of skilled people with disabilities to meet the demand.

To improve the skills of disabled people, last year, the Ministry of Education implemented a five percent admission quota for persons with disabilities in all TVET institutions, in line with the Bangladesh Disability Welfare Act (2011) and the National Skills Development Policy (2011).

ILO Specialist Kishore Kumar Singh said, “Enhancing job opportunities for people from underprivileged groups, including people with disabilities makes it possible for the nation to recognize their potential. We are happy that private sectors are creating such opportunities.”

“Bangladeshi employers who have hired people with disabilities speak highly of their performance, loyalty, productivity, retention, regularity in attendance and overall workplace performance,” says Murteza Khan.