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Thursday, 15 November 2018
 
 
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LEARNERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS RECEIVE A COMPUTER CENTRE AND AN ALBINO-AWARENESS PLAY IS LAUNCHED IN THE NORTHERN CAPE IN COMMEMORATION OF DISABILITY RIGHTS AWARENESS MONTH Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 November 2018
07 November, Northern Cape: Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM) is commemorated annually from 03 November to 03 December in South Africa. The aim of the DRAM campaign is to raise awareness about the needs and rights of persons with disabilities.

To address issues of awareness about these rights and needs as mandated, the Department of Social Development, under the leadership of Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, will be unveiling a specialised computer centre for learners at Learamele Special School in Kuruman, Northern Cape on Friday 09, November.

The learners, who suffer from conditions such as Attention Deficit Disorder and epilepsy, will receive a computer laboratory that is furnished with 21 disability-friendly computers with responsive programmes and an interactive board to enhance their educational needs. The school, was founded in 1985, has 146 learners and 56 employees including ground staff. It also has a hostel which accommodates 100 learners.

The centre is launched as a result of an ongoing public-private partnership (PPP) between the department and the MTN SA Foundation. The partnership was formed to establish accessible computer laboratories that are equipped to facilitate the needs of learners with disabilities.

After launching the computer laboratory, the Deputy Minister will address the Kimberley community where she will launch awareness campaign on the rights of persons with albinism through a stage play called Mama, I Want the Black That You Are.

“We must acknowledge the high rate of killings, neglect and the violation of the rights of people with albinism. Their plight needs to be communicated and spread through every form of media. This play, Mama, I Want the Black That You Are, intends to raise awareness about the atrocities faced by people with albinism using a different platform,” said Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu.

Mama, I Want the Black That You Are highlights the realities faced by people with albinism as told by people with albinism.

The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in 2013 calling for the prevention of attacks and discrimination against persons with albinism. International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD) is commemorated annually on 13 June and in South Africa, we observe National Albinism Awareness Month in September.

In some African countries, beliefs and superstitions about a distinct power possessed by the body parts of people with albinism have reinforced discrimination against them and expanded on the types of violations to their right to life.

People with albinism are often killed or mutilated for muti-related reasons. By April 2018, a study concluded that 200 killings and more than 500 attacks on people with albinism had been reported in 27 sub-Saharan African countries.

These two iconic launches from part of the historic centenary celebration of the lives of first black President of a democratic South Africa, uTata Nelson Mandela and uMama Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu - who contributed to the struggle for liberation of all South Africans.

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover both events arranged as follows:

LEARAMELE SPECIAL SCHOOL EVENT

Date: Friday, 09 November, 2018

Time: 10h00

Venue: Learamele Special School, 1259 MM Tshetlho Street, Mothibistad, Kuruman – Northern Cape.

MAMA, I WANT THE BLACK YOU ARE

Date: Friday, 09 November, 2018

Time: 18h00

Venue: Northern Cape Theatre, Kimberley - Northern Cape

Media can RSVP by contacting Mr Jaconia Kobue on 063 249 5120 / This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or Mr Justice Malapane on 066 480 6849 / This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

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