UNESCO together with other UN organizations has decided to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3 to raise awareness of challenges faced by people with disabilities during the period of crisis. The event will be held virtually through ZOOM from 3 P.M to 6 P.M.
Informing this, UNESCO said, "People with disabilities are disproportionately affected by the health, social and economic consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme emphasizes the importance of strengthening collective efforts for universal access to essential services, including immediate health and social protection, education, digital infrastructure, accessible information, employment and other socio-cultural opportunities. Persons with disabilities are not to be left behind in times of crisis."
UNESCO will mark the day with a week-long programme from 25 November to 3 December 2020.
Since the global COVID-19 outbreak, UNESCO has been at the forefront of the response to the pandemic, encouraging education systems to remain open and accessible to all. Global school closures due to the pandemic represented an unprecedented risk to children’s education, protection, and wellbeing. In addition, educational responses to the crisis have not always reached the most disadvantaged or been adapted to their needs. The suspension of face-to-face formal and non-formal education, including vocational, technical, cultural, sport and physical activities, has also been extremely rapid around the world. In this context, it is important to support the application of digital technologies for the empowerment of learners with disabilities and capacity building for their teachers.
The event is open to the public, and particularly to persons with disabilities, their friends, family, and colleagues. Your participation in this important event will enhance the celebration of persons with disabilities as empowered agents of change.
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