National and sub-national government officials received training on disability inclusion

National and sub-national government officials received training on disability inclusion

On April 2nd, 2021 the Disability Action Council, UNDP, and Light For The World, arranged online training on disability inclusion through the Australian Government’s, DFAT-funded ACCESS Program.

The objectives of the training were to enhance the understanding and expectations of facilitators or trainers on disability inclusion, in order to increase their self-confidence by equipping them with a basic comprehension of the content, including training preparation.

The focus was a training of trainers on the latest disability inclusion methods and practises. Training participants included Cambodian government officials from Phnom Penh, Kampong Cham, Kampong Speu, Siem Reap, Battambang, and Tboung Khmum provinces. As a result of the training, the expectation is that these newly trained participants will deliver a sequence of future disability inclusion training sessions, to disability focal points across other line ministries and sub-national authorities.

These initial training sessions constitute an important step towards achievement of objectives that are pursued under the National Disability Strategic Plan 2019-2023, which are to promote disability awareness and to remove negative attitudes and social exclusion towards people with disabilities in Cambodia.

Her Excellency Prak Thaveak Pheary, Deputy Secretary General of the Disability Action Council Secretary General, extended her heartfelt appreciation to the Australian Government for supporting persons with disabilities and for supporting disability inclusion training, including the provision of educational materials.

Representing the Australian Embassy at the training, Ms. Elizabeth Adler stated, “Australia continues to implement a practical approach to meeting the needs and priorities of persons with disabilities and ensuring they benefit from development projects through our aid programs.”

The Ministry of Social Affairs, Veteran and Youth Rehabilitation and Disability Action Council-Secretariat General have been leading the call for disability inclusion in Cambodia, including through the implementation of the second National Disability Strategic Plan by national and sub-national authorities.

As part of the Australian Government’s efforts to promote disability inclusion in Cambodia, it has been providing support to the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC), through the DFAT-funded Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable and Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program.