NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
in conjunction with the World Bank on Tuesday launched digital
reading and writing tools to enhance the participation of the
visually impaired population in governance.
cabinet secretary for devolution, said that the launch of
state-of-the-art assistive devices for people suffering from
visual impairment will enable them to contribute to policy
formulation and governance at local and national levels.
domesticated global conventions on the rights of disabled
persons and today’s launch of a Braille containing guidelines to
enable the blind to participate in governance and public policy
is a significant milestone,” Wamalwa remarked.
The ministry with
technical assistance from the World Bank developed the Braille
version of key policies and legislation that promote good
governance, transparency and accountability in all levels of
Wamalwa said that
harnessing the intellectual wealth of people living with
disabilities is key to realizing progress, stability and
cohesion in the country.
“People living with
all forms of disabilities including the deaf and the blind
should be provided with assistive devices to enable them to
participate in public forums that seek to promote fiscal
discipline and the rule of law,” said Wamalwa.
He said the
government has prioritized disability inclusive policy
formulation and implementation of national development programs.
pledged continued support for Kenya’s efforts to incorporate the
interests of visually impaired persons in the country’s
Paolo Belli, program
leader for Africa region at the World Bank Group, said that
empowering visually impaired persons through training and access
to assistive technologies will boost their contribution to
Kenya’s socio-economic renewal.
“We must invest in
people with all forms of disabilities to ensure they contribute
to poverty eradication and strengthening of governance systems,”
He said the World
Bank will rally behind Kenya’s efforts to promote lifelong
learning among disabled persons.
Kenya has an
estimated 331,593 visually impaired persons whose contribution
to the country’s development has been hampered by high levels of
illiteracy, social stigma and unemployment.
chairman of Kenya society for the blind, said that the national
and county governments should establish a fund to ensure that
visually impaired persons have access to assistive devices and
training opportunities to make them self-reliant.