Australia supports over 400 children with disabilities to attend school

Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells with the panellists (Left – Right) the Chief Executive Officer of Loto Taumafai Leta’a Dan Devoe, Nuanua o le Alofa (NOLA) Office Manager, Mata’afa Fa’atino Masana Utumapu, the Minister for Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD) Faimalotoa Kika Stowers, CEO of the Ministry Naea Beth Onesemo, and the Australian High Commissioner Sue Langford

APIA, SAMOA – WEDNESDAY 14 DECEMBER 2016: Australia is supporting over 400 Samoan children with disabilities to attend school through its work with the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture.

This is part of Australia’s assistance towards disability and inclusive development in Samoa.

The projects and statistics were publicized in a roundtable discussion this week on disability and inclusive development in Samoa hosted by the Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.

The panellists included the Minister for Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD) Faimalotoa Kika Stowers, CEO of the Ministry Naea Beth Onesemo, Nuanua o le Alofa (NOLA) Office Manager, Mata’afa Fa’atino Masana Utumapu and Chief Executive Officer of Loto Taumafai Leta’a Dan Devoe.

During the discussions Senator Fierravanti-Wells congratulated Samoa for recently ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Australia is also helping Samoa prepare for ratification through the AUD4million Samoa disability program.

The program supports extensive community awareness programs undertaken by NOLA across all rural districts in Samoa

Australia is also supporting the National Health Service’s Integrated Mobility Device Services, Orthotics and Prosthetics workshop and diabetic foot clinic.

The clinic has provided 842 Samoans with wheelchairs and walking aids since 2014.

Australia also supports over 400 children with disabilities to attend school through its work with the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture.