The visual impaired trained on their rights

50 People with visual impairment in Bukoba district have benefited from training on the 2010 People with disability’s Act, and on the Second Draft of the New Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania as well as the 2006 UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability.

The secretary of the Tanzania League for the Blind (TLB) in Bukoba district, Novah Mwijage has said the training falls under the one-year capacity building project through funds from the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) and is due end in February 2015.

Mwijage said in the first round they were trained on the Second Draft of the New Constitution and in the next round they will receive training on section 6 of the 2010 Disability as well as the UN Convention for People with Disability.

He also says the number of people with visual impairment that needs to reached is bigger comparing to the budget at hand – forcing them to provide the training to a fewer people who are then expected to share the knowledge to others in their communities.

Issues raised after the training on the Second Draft of the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania includes section 42 of that draft document which the participants demanded to be reviewed - since it does not explicitly say anything with regard to the health and the necessary infrastructure for people with disability.

Mwaijange emphasised that the Second Draft of the New Constitution does not give a mention on the issue of education for people with disability and hence urged the government to provide free education to people with disability so that they can cease to be dependent of others in communities.

He however said if the elderly are provided with a special desk to access free medical services in public services, so should the same arrangement be done for people with disability.

According to Mwaijange, there are more than 115 people with visual impairment in Bukoba district.

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