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Italian cooperation in Mozambique provided €900,000 for a vocational training project for young people with disabilities in three Mozambican cities, the project coordinator told Lusa.
“It is a project that wants to carry out some socio-economic inclusion pathways for young people with disabilities,” said Elena Pani, the coordinator of the project, organised by the Italian Association of Friends of Raoul Follereau (AIFO) in coordination with Italian Cooperation in Mozambique.
The project aims to spread and protect the rights of people with disabilities, including access to public buildings, transport, vocational training and employment opportunities.
AIFO is working in partnership with Instituto de Formação Profissional e Estudos Laborais Alberto Cassimo (IFPELAC) in three cities, namely Maputo, Beira and Pemba, south, centre and north of the country, respectively.
It expects to use the money to rehabilitate the IFPELAC training centres to make them accessible for the disabled, in addition to teacher training for issues related to the inclusion of young people with disabilities.
“The plan is to train teachers on sign language, technologies, facilitators of inclusive education, psycho-pedagogy with people with disabilities and all this work in these three cities,” the project coordinator said.
The coordinator said that it is necessary to encourage society to ensure there are laws that defend people with disabilities in the country.
Progetto VAI: Valorizzare l’Autonomia e l’Inclusione dei giovani con disabilità in Mozambico
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In January, AIFO will give scholarships to 120 people with disabilities for training at Ifpelac in the three provinces.
As part of this project, more than 12,000 people have already been trained, including nearly 400 people with disabilities between January and September of this year in Mozambique.
Data from the last census (2017) indicate that Mozambique has 727,620 people with disabilities, equivalent to 2.6% of the population.
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