Karachi (Feb 25) : Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed Special Education department to prepare an annual calendar of extra curricular activities in collaboration with sports department for what he termed the ‘differently abled’ children to bring them in the stream in different sectors of the society.
This he said while addressing a gathering organised to launch ‘Ability Expo 2017’ today here at Expo Center.
He said that the purpose of arranging this event is to provide opportunities to the special people by bringing all the stakeholders under one platform. “Up till now, very limited efforts have been made to develop a strong linkage mechanism between the special persons, educational institutions and entrepreneurs,” he said and added “this event gives better coordination and an incentive mechanisms in addition to existing facilities,” and went on saying “it is an innovative approach to provide an opportunity for differently abled people to stand on their feet and lead a responsible life.”
The chief minister said that the world and its value system has traversed a long distance to cover and achieve the objectives of civilisation. “Gone are the days when strength and opulence of the society was considered to be the depiction of civilisation development,” he said and added “the world has crossed that narrow meaning of civilisation. Now presence of pragmatic supporting mechanism for vulnerable section of the society in a system has become the benchmark of social development.”
He said the traditional mechanism of measuring human development has now apparently transformed into the fact that how a society in general views its vulnerable section and to what extent it is willing to support them out of their helplessness.
Syed Murad Ali Shah admitting and recognising the responsibility of his government vowed to provide better institutional framework for the differently abled people. “It becomes our collective responsibility to look after the neglected and downtrodden sections of society,” he said and invited “let us resolve to defeat this mindset of inaction, neglect and contempt for this community by raising awareness and putting in our efforts to facilitate and bolster them.”
He vowed to provide maximum funds and support if schools and other activities are taken up.
Earlier, the event was inaugurated by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah. He emphasized on the need of a resource fair like Abilities Expo-2017, which promotes inclusion in the society and shows the world a better sight of Pakistan.
On the occasion, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shallwani, Secretary Special Education said that the department intends to organize such events for the betterment of special people and their families with a view to highlight the achievements and aspirations in future also as we believe emphasis on the institutional care of the helpless and needy makes the government people bond. He also appreciated the commendable work done by Karachi Vocational Training Centre in collaborating to organize Abilities Expo.
Earlier, Robina Inam Founder member and Principal KVTC said that Abilities Expo is a platform for the largely marginalized disabled community of Pakistan. This annual event will be used to publicly voice and share their concerns, showcase their abilities and skills to the world, and find solutions readily available in Pakistan to their various special needs.
Under the banner of Abilities Expo the Government of Sindh and Karachi Vocational Training Centre for the Intellectually Challenged KVTC’s created a go to resource fair for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) providing equal opportunities to everyone in the community leading to a more inclusive society.
A world variety of talent exposition welcomed the audience in Hall 1, 2 & 3 of the Expo Centre, from tableau to Karate (Tae-Kwan-Do) performances, with sports like Basketball and arts & vocational displays and product displays.
Abilities Expo platform catered to over an audience of 20,000 providing abilities enhancing products and services, employment and partnership opportunities for PWDs, their families, caregivers, Special Educational Needs (SEN) schools, welfare organizations, health care professionals, and bridging the gap between services for PWDs in the public and private sector.
The event was also attended by noticeable members of the society, Members of the Armed forces, heads of international missions from British, USA, Turkey, Russia, Switzerland and Malaysia, members of Government of Sindh.