For Skills enhancement and Livelihood, KDE Trains over 35 Women Living with Disabilities

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By, Elbie Sebleh

Monrovia, Liberia

Institutions in Liberia continue to demonstrate frantic efforts in ensuring the liberation of citizens, specifically women from the state of marginalization and dependency; one of which is the Knowledge Dream and Excel skill and empowerment institution.

The KDE, in actualization of its Objective to the impact Liberians has assembled some women with disabilities at its skills training program to acquire knowledge that would help empower them and improve their livelihoods.

The Knowledge Dream and Excel tuition free skill training institute headed by Madam Kimma Wreh, an American based Liberian, has taken the initiative to train available Persons with Disabilities to be impactful in the society.

In conversation with Franco Charyoe on Madam Wreh behalf on December 6, 2021 at the Congo Town Office near Monrovia, disclosed that the institution operations began in 2015, but was running on slow pace owing to financial and other challenges that confronted her team; until 2020 when the process became more effective.

The KDE Executive Director is one of the many Liberians who have chosen the path of contributing tohuman capacity building for substantive transformation rather than only critiquing or criticizing the current National Leadership.

Participants of the institution’ ten months hand-on skill development program are obtaining knowledge through 3 courses being offered including Tailoring, Computer and Fashion Design.

“This program is impactful and I’m so glad to be a part of the KDE family to enhance my skills and knowledge, despite of being physically challenged; a participant Joecheba Morweh explained; similarly encouraging her colleagues who are not part of the process to take advantage.

According to Joechebad Morweh, she has begun experiencing transformation through the sale of designed-made clothes amidst her three months stay at the training site, thus hoping to complete the 10months training Cycle.

Another participant, Vivian S. Saye explained that though she first shied (stay away) away from the opportunity owing to the reality that the training site was distance away from her home, but rethought her decision after being encouraged by other participants.

“Considering all the criticisms and bullying against Persons with Disabilities, I realized that I needed to brave the storm by being in class despite the distance: now my participation is really preparing me positively”; Madam Saye testified.

At the same time, Francis Charyoe, an Administrator and computer trainer at the Knowledge Dream and Excel Institute highlighted the need of having more Persons with Disabilities at the school since it is a tuition free program.

As part of steps to encourage increased enrollment, Mr. Charyoe said accessing the Institution’ learning site in Congo town opposite the Christ Embassy Church will avail such opportunity that is expected to climax in May 2022.

Pointing out one of the major constraints, the Administrator alarmed the lack of Bus to transportstudents caused their late arrival on campus and low enrollment; something he said some students have complaint about countlessly.

“When we started the school, the numbers of students were impressive, but the lack of transportation resulted to students’ reluctant or discouraging posture; though others are still enduring amidst such”; stating there is a need for swift intervention by humanitarian individualsand institutions as well as National government and development Partners.

Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities regarding EDUCATION emphasized that: “States Parties recognize the right of persons with disabilities to education, With a view to realizing this right without discrimination and on the basis of equal opportunity States Parties shall ensure an inclusive education system at all levels and lifelong learning directed to:
b. The development by person with disabilities of their personality potential, talents and creativity, as well as their mental and physical abilities, to their fullest potential.
c. Enabling persons with disabilities to participate effectively in a free society.

Additionally, the head of the National Commission on Disabilities in Liberia, Madam Daintowon Pay-baye said the existence and operation of the KDE skills training school is part of the ways they intend to empower their fellow disables for the purpose of minimizing Street begging.

According to Madam Pay-Bay, it is frustrating seeing others on the streets begging for survivors, but finding remedy to such age old problem takes gradual process in accomplishing task assigned to the Commission.

She asserted, though there are PwDs involved with street begging currently, but there are still more persons with Disabilities who are making impacts in the society without allowing disabilities to serve as obstacle.

“There are good sides of PwDs that the Journalistsneed to write more about what we are capable of doing, and the KDE activity is one, adding it actualizes the National Action Plan implementations on Persons with disabilities”.

Commissioner Pay-baye also mentioned that they are prepared to avail more opportunities for PwDs, but urged the society to understand that PwDs have capabilities instead of seeing them as beggars always.

Meanwhile, the National Action Plan on Disabilities that was launched in 2018 states: “the Government of Liberia values all its citizens, and should be committed to promoting inclusion of persons with disabilities in public service and private enterprise; and to empower PwDs for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as envisaged part of 2030 for Sustainable Development”.

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