Legacy-Gambia, a youth-led organization providing counseling and facilities for
young people to enhance their abilities, talents recently convened a career
counseling training for differently abled people in the country.
The training, which was meant to equip participants with ethical leadership skills and selected careers, was held at the American Corner along Kairaba Avenue.
Executive director Muhammad Lamin Dibba said the program is designed for differently-abled people to enable them take up leadership positions and break the culture of discrimination and stereotype.
He affirmed that disabled people deserves equal access to opportunities, further calling on The Gambia government and the National Assembly to enact a Disability Act to protect the rights and interest of differently abled people.”
Adama O Ceesay, the regional coordinator of Legacy Gambia, said self-esteem is how people feel about themselves, saying people should not rely their self-esteem on anyone because not everyone will appreciate them.
Dr. Ismailia Ceesay, political science lecturer at the University of The Gambia said every young Gambian has the right to education regardless of their physical condition. “The rate of discrimination against people with disabilities is very high.”
Dr. Ceesay explained that there should be a special policy for people with disabilities especially in the academic aspect because they do not have access to the materials needed. He said special scholarship should also be provided to them to enable them to fulfill their dreams.