World Bank Liberia Country Manager Inguna Dobraja has called on Liberians and foreign residents to support people with disability to acquire skills and expertise.
She said physically challenged persons who are eager to contribute to the growth and development of Liberia will do so when equipped with the requisite skills and expertise.
The World Bank official made the statement on Thursday at the dedication of a well-furnished computer laboratory at the Liberia School for the Blind (LSB) in Mango Town, Virginia, outside Monrovia.
The computer lab project is an initiative of staffers of the World Bank Group, including the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
“Providing access to education to all Liberians is essential, especially taking into account that the Government of Liberia has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities,” she noted.
Dobraja quoted the 2008 Housing and Population Census which states that persons with disabilities account for three percent or 110,000 of Liberia’s population of 3.5 million.
She further urged citizens to discourage all forms of discrimination against disabled people.
“The presence of officials of the Liberian government here today clearly demonstrates its interest in ensuring that education, which is a basic human right, is afforded to all irrespective of their condition,” Dobraja said.
Liberia School for the Blind Principal, Jackson Suah, described the gesture by the World Bank staff as the “fulfillment of an age-old dream.”
He noted that since the founding of the school in the 1970s, the donation is the first of its kind. He promised to use the facility to positively impact the lives of persons with disabilities.
The computer lab contains eight sets of computers equipped with hearing aid and is fully furnished. LINA