Stakeholders Consultation Meeting: : “Ending Stigma and Discrimination, Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and Marginalization of Persons with Disabilities”

A Multicountry Project in Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe
Teusday, 21 September 2021
Persons with disabilities, particularly women, face enormous attitudinal, physical and informational barriers to equal opportunities in the world of training and work. The biased socio-cultural, medical and religious lens provide fertile ground for them to be generally perceived as unproductive and unfit to access education and training and to compete in the labor market, thereby perpetuating the cycle of poverty and exclusion.
This project funded by the UNPRPD MPTF aims to develop a collective understanding of the stigma and discrimination patterns in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions and among employers, thereby developing models and tools to fight this widespread phenomenon, and foster exchanges of good practices and experiences among the four countries involved, and beyond. The TVET institutions and learning environments, as well as enterprises need to be more inclusive, as both are important levers of emancipation.
This will be accomplished by the development and testing of three tools in the four participating countries, with exchanges of experiences and lessons learnt. The tools include (i) a model of Dialogue Committee between TVET institutions and Employers’ organizations that should encourage collective understanding of and commitment towards fighting disability stigma and discrimination; (ii) a dedicated Disability Audit tool that will assist TVET institutions and employers in tracking and documenting the stigma and discrimination patterns and the shift in attitudes and perceptions; (iii) practical and user-friendly Guidelines for Reasonable Accommodation in TVET institutions and employers’ organizations; and (iv) a multicounty platform for exchanges of good practices and mutual learning. Particular attention will be paid to shedding light on how the intersectional discrimination between disability, gender, and poverty influences the generation and perpetuation of stigma and discrimination.
Please feel free to engage UNESCO on this important agenda.