Wednesday, 24 April 2013 08:15

MoLSAMD Deputy Minister and SCA Senior Advisor attends Study Tour on TVET and Skills Development Programs for PWDs

On April 22, 2013, the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) welcomed the Deputy Minister of the Afghanistan Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs, and Disabled (MoLSAMD) Hon. Suraya Paikan and Mr. Peter Kiyonga, Senior Advisor for Vocational Training and Employment Support, Rehabilitation of Afghans with Disabilities Programme (RAD), Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA).

The distinguished visitors came to Manila, Philippines on study a study tour from April 22 to 27, 2013 with the aim to understand the Philippines’ policy guidelines on Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and related practices for their rehabilitation with special focus on skills development and vocational training.

On behalf of the Director General Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, the Officer – in – Charge and CPSC Faculty Consultant, Dr. Hazrat Hussain led the team in welcoming the visitors through an opening ceremony at the Conference Room.

afg study tour1From L-R: Mr. Peter Kiyonga, Hon. Suraya Paikan, and Dr. Hazrat Hussain during the Opening Program 

The guests presented an overview of SCA, RAD, and the working relationship of SCA to support MoLSAMD for the development of persons with disabilities. SCA is a Swedish non‐governmental development organization that has been operating in Afghanistan for almost thirty years. The mission of SCA is to empower poor women, children and men through service provision, capacity development and advocacy in the implementation of development programmes predominantly in rural areas of Afghanistan. SCA is extending it services related to education, health of persons with disabilities and rural development.

The Disability program (RAD) has been running Community Based Rehabilitation Programs (CBR) since 1991 in Afghanistan and has addressed many issues faced by people with disabilities including physical, educational, social and economic-both in the rural and urban areas.

afg study tour2Special Remarks of Hon. Suraya Paikan