First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has called on key stakeholders and all Kenyans, in general, to help children living with disabilities actualize their potential and contribute to national development.
The First Lady said children must be given top priority for the country to ensure access to equal opportunities and inclusivity for all citizens.
"To make this work, it is vital for us to also ensure accessibility as a key feature of inclusivity in our education system.
"Access without discrimination will eliminate discrimination and stigma. It will equip our children with the necessary skills they need to help them overcome their adversity," said First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.
The First Lady spoke on Wednesday when she toured St Kizito Litein School for the Deaf in Kericho County, Kenya's Rift Valley, during an event to celebrate rehabilitation works of the institution, which were funded by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) and other partners.
She thanked the Government for recognizing the value and strength of diversity in the country, adding that National and Legal Frameworks and Policies formulated will ensure resources are dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion.
The First Lady pointed out that her Beyond Zero initiative supports the government in achieving inclusivity by advocating for equal access to healthcare and education for children with disabilities.
"We have also supported Government initiatives that seek to safeguard their welfare through advocating for increased registration in the National Council for Persons with Disability," said First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.
She said meaningful transformation in the country could only be achieved by working towards promoting the social and economic development of children, mothers and families.
"What we are seeing here today with the rehabilitation project is an example of how we can all play a role in improving the learning outcomes for children living with disabilities and to support each child in experiencing their individual learning journey," said the First Lady.
"We believe that every child, every person must be given a chance to reach their full potential and contribute towards the development of our country,'' she said.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.