By: G Bennie Bravo Johnson I
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) through its multi-sectorial Regional office in Abuja, Nigeria In collaboration with Liberia National Commission on Disabilities (NCD) joined the world in celebration of International Youth Day with persons living with disabilities.
The program which was graced by several members of the disabled community was held on Monday, August 14, 2023, in Monrovia, at the famous Invisible Park in Sinkor.
The initiative in Liberia seeks to celebrate female youth with disabilities in the areas of sporting competitions, including football and kickball.INternationalnalYouthDay is iiscelebratedded with persons with disabilities and is aimed at celebrating the potential, creativity, and resilience of the world’s youth.
This year, the celebration of International Youth Day is celebrated under the theme: commitment to education and equality. ” Green skills for youth towards a sustainable world.
Remarking on the program, the National Commission on Disabilities (NCD) Executive Director Madam DomahPay-Bayee extolled UNISCO, Abuja, Nigeria for the collaboration of persons living with disabilities.
According to her, people living with disabilities are unique people who have great potential to contribute to the forward march of Liberia and the world at large differently.
“We want to thank UNISCO Abuja, Nigeria for this partnership. They have sown us that Nigeria is just next door. I want to say to everyone with disabilities here today that you are unique and have great potential to change the world. Believe that you are limited by your mentality. I want you to embrace the spirit of courage and know that you have much to contribute” she concluded.
For her part UNISCO Abuja, Nigeria delivered the goodwill message on behalf of the Regional Director, Dr. Dimitri Sanga, Madam Nneka Okafor, head of Sector, Social and Human Sciences, UNISCO Regional office said that she is excited to celebrate the potential and resilience of Liberia female youth with disabilities.
According to her, inclusivity is not just a slogan but a fundamental principle that forms the bedrock of progress, adding that the inclusion of youth with disabilities is essential in their quest for a sustainable world.
Madam Okafor stated that at the heart of UNISCO Abuja, Nigeria, the pursuit of a sustainable world lies in education because it’s through education that they can equip young minds with knowledge and skills to navigate the complexities of the changing planet.
” Their experience, challenges, and innovative thinking enrich the discourse and contribute to a more holistic understanding of the issues at hand. By creating an environment that accommodates different abilities, we Forster collaboration, innovation, and solidarity, paving the way for a tire sustainable future” she noted.