Cameroon : Pauline Irene Nguene Promise Better Days To Persons With Disability

Cameroon : Pauline Irene Nguene Promise Better Days To Persons With Disability

Visually Impaired Persons Soon Gaining Access To Vocational Training

The treaty adopted by member states of the World Intellectual Property Organisation to end the shortage of books, which Cameroon belongs, is finally defended by Pauline Irène NGUENE née KENDECK the Minister of Social Affairs, recently, at the Yaounde Conference Center. To the Minister the ratification of Bill No 1091/ PJL/AN authorizing the President of the Republic to ratify the Marrakech treaty to facilitate access to publish works for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled was tabled, goes beyong simple ratification because different member states have to make laws to transform books into specific formats like braille.

Defending the bill, Pauline Irène NGUENE née KENDECK , the Minister of Social Affairs pointed out that, the ratification will permit the visually impaired persons to have access to information, education and vocational training that will empower them. It is a very big step and I will say that the government has re- affirmed its commitment to take care of the persons with disabilities. She added.

For several years, persons with disabilities in general and the visually impaired in particular, have been facing discrimination at all levels in life.

Majority of the visually impaired who are really intelligent find it very impossible to cope in school, since they can’t have access to the necessary materials that would enable them develope their intellects. Most at times, having access to information is as difficult as passing a camel through a needle’s eye. Very few persons with disability are granted admission into professional schools and vocational training institutions.With such a bill defended, and the ratification coming into place, hopes of the the physically challenged persons are raised and their eyes wide shot to see it come to lime light.

Takang Bissong

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