April, 19 2013 10:05:14

Ministry moves to help the disabled

HA NOI (VNS)— The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) is incorporating vocational training for disabled people into national target programmes on employment.

This was revealed by Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Trong Dam at a ceremony on Wednesday to honour disabled employees and businesses employing them.

The move is intended to provide stronger support for them, he added.

Dam said his ministry was making the existing vocational training mechanism more flexible. He said it would use closer co-operation with domestic and foreign businesses to improve training and job opportunities.

At the event, the ministry praised the US Government, the Viet Nam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH), and the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) for their initiatives in generating work.

VCCI Deputy Chairman Pham Gia Tuc said that since September 2007, the chamber had co-ordinated with VNAH and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to establish the Blue Ribbon Employer Council (BREC), which provided technical assistance for employers who recruited those with disabilities.

From an initial 25 businesses and organisations in and outside the country, the BREC has now 160 members providing stable jobs for 2,000 disabled people nationwide.

Yesterday, on the Viet Nam Day for People with Disabilities, the central province of Binh Dinh, home to more than 32,000 disabled people and orphans, praised households that had surmounted difficulties to better their lives.

Meanwhile, disabled children in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum have a chance to play games and speak out their dreams at a two-day festival, which started on Wednesday.

A wide range of activities also took place in central Da Nang city on Tuesday to help the disabled integrate deeper into society. — VNS

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