The Vice President made the call in Blantyre during the official opening of the 2019 Malawi Council for the Handicapped (Macoha) Flag Week.
Addressing the audience in Blantyre Chimulirenji said it is government’s prerogative to ensure provision of quality inclusive education to all students.
“Article 24 of the United Nations, advocates that states or parties should recognize the right of persons with disabilities to education. The disability Act of 2012 is also in recognizant of the need to include persons with disability in socio-economic activities,” said Chimulirenji.
He then applauded President Professor Mutharika administration for prioritizing issues to do with disability. He cited Mutharika’s donation of K1 million as his commitment towards Macoha Flag Week.
Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Minister Mary Navicha disclosed that this year’s commemorations on Macoha Flag Week will he held from November 11-16, 2019 with the crux of the celebrations slated for November 16 in Trational Authority Dzoole Headquarters in Dowa.
On his part, deputy board chair for Macoha Symon Munde said Macoha appreciates all support it gets from Government, more especially in the promotion of inclusive education.
VP Chimulirenji(seated 5th from Left) flanked by Madam Chimulirenji
& Gender Minister Navicha pose with Govt and Macoha officials.
Picture by McDonald Chiwayula, MBC Online Services
He said: “We have a target to raise funds for meeting school expenses of needy but deserving students with disabilities. We target to collect not less than K10 million. Part of the money will go to acquire devices to support their studies.”
The Veep has since donated K500,000 towards the cause and other Government and DPP officials followed suit in making monetary donations to Macoha.