Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 30, 2015 (SKNIS): The Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Ministry of Information Technology officially handed over laptops to the St. Kitts and Nevis Association of Persons with Disabilities in pursuit of empowerment.
Anthony Mills, President of the Association, explained that the centre for differently abled students, conducts computer related classes such as training in graphic design using Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator as well as Microsoft Office.
“These tools we have found will enable them to be prepared to go out into the world of work and be on the same level as everyone else,” he stated. “One of the tenets of the St. Kitts and Nevis Association of Persons with Disabilities is independent living. People can only live independent lives if they are given the necessary tools to do so.”
Mr. Mills stated that he was impressed at how quickly the Ministry of Education responded to his request for the laptops.
Minister of Technology the Hon. Glenn Phillip stated that the handing over of the laptops is an indication that no citizen of the Federation should be left behind “in this age of information and access.”
“While our vulnerable disabilities and challenges may leave us susceptible, the role of technologies in the information age is to open avenues of access to people,” Minister Phillip stated. “Where our senses cannot respond to the stimuli of light or sound and where through health challenges, limbs and appendages are amputated, technology says ‘here is access to the world of normalcy. Here is access to achievement’.”
The Hon. Marcella Liburd, Minister of Gender Affairs, Social Services and Community Development, stated that the handing over of the laptops is part of a broad development plan.
“We in the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, intend for this country of St. Kitts and Nevis to be the first small island sustainable state and we are on a mission of doing that,” she emphasised. “One of the things we must achieve in social development, if we are to be sustainable, is to ensure that no one is left behind.”
Coordinator for Learning Support in the Ministry of Education Eleanor Phillip stated that “there is no place in society for prejudice for differently abled persons.”
“The education of students and persons with disabilities is everyone’s business,” she noted. “It is for this reason that we are here today to ensure that we include you, persons who have challenges, in the Ministry of Education’s laptop distribution initiative.”
The laptops were handed over on January 29, 2015 at the McKnight Community Centre.
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