Issue No. 06/2020 – Monday, 07 December 2020 (Kitiona Tausi)
The annual Day of Disabled Persons falls on 03 December and this year 2020 it fell on Thursday, 03 December 2020 but the Persons with Disabilities in the Fusi Alofa Association celebrated the day last Saturday, 06 December 2020.
The Day started with a march from the Fusi Alofa office to the Vaiaku area taking the road at the side of the runway and the march was joined by supporters of the Fusi Alofa which included the Prime Minister and Hon. Monise Laafai who were also present at the opening ceremony of the Day at the Vaiaku Falekaupule.
Speaking at the ceremony at the Vaiaku Falekaupule, Prime Minister Hon Kausea Natano confirmed his government’s commitment to supporting the Disabilities in Tuvalu and that Tuvalu will do its best to assist the association.
The Manager of the Fusi Alofa, Mr. Melton Tauetia explained that Fusi Alofa is receiving an annual support grant of $15, 000 from the Ministry of Local Government and Agriculture and $25, 000 from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992 by United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
The theme for this year’s celebration of the 2020 International Day for Persons with Disabilities is “Building Back Better: towards a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World
Of the one billion population of persons with disabilities, 80% live in developing countries. An estimated 46% of older people aged 60 years and over are people with disabilities. One in every five women is likely to experience disability in her life, while one in every ten children is a child with a disability.
Persons with disabilities in the world are among the hardest hit by COVID-19.