By Tendai Guvamombe (Bindura)
Government sectors, duty bearers and community leaders in Bindura have joined hands together in a bid to ensure disability mainstreaming and inclusion.
This comes at the back of a program on Youths With Disabilities (YWDs) currently implemented by Development Aid from People to People(DAPP), Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) and European Union(EU).
Spotlight Online News Africa(SONA) on Thursday carried out interviews with different office bearers in Bindura. This assessed government’s level of engagement on UN Convention on Rights of Persons With Disabilities.
Bindura’s District Development Coordinator (DDC) Chipfuva said the Government is now active in enforcing rights of persons with disabilities. This came after various engagements with DAPP.
“Before DAPP came, we were lagging behind issues of disabilities at local level. Through implementation of UNCRPD we are now conscious of disability inclusion,” he said.
Chipfuva added that he has noticed positive changes with regard to disability issues in the community.Disability inclusion will now be seen running from grass roots level up to government levels.
“We are beginning to see community leaders taking disability issues seriously. Government policy on devolution has enhanced disability inclusion from clusters up to higher levels of engagement, we are also saying let’s take everyone on board,” he added.
Patience Fungai Mukwanda Ministry of Youth, Art and Sports, Projects Officer in Bindura said the sector has enhanced disability inclusion in aspects of youth empowerment programs.
“Ministry of Youth has included Youths With Disabilities in many programs, with the latest being that of COVID-19 Relief Fund. When the programme was launched in Bindura a number of YWDs were engaged. In terms of sports we have seen a number of programs unleashed to youth with disabilities, this include paralympics, tournaments and formations of YWDs Clubs which is on course.”