By Rohey Jadama
The Director of Star Now organization Mr. Alieu Jaiteh has said that
more than 15 visually impaired Beneficiaries were trained on ICT and
now they can contribute their quota in all sectors of development.Mr. Jaiteh made this remark at the one year celebration of the
computer training center for the visually impaired at a ceremony held
at the  Brikama Area Council on 28th of March 2015.
Mr. Jaiteh said his organization is committed to training and assisting
legally blind adults and youths seeking for higher learning and job
placement through providing Computer literacy to them.
Mr. Jaiteh, also used the platform to lament their constraints which
among others are lack of enough trainers to support at the training
centre. There are limited equipment and materials such as computers,
furniture, white canes, braillers, braille papers, office stationery;
internet connection is also lacking.
He thanked the US Embassy, Concern Universal, Gambia Federation of the
Disabled and the Brikama Area Council for the support rendered to his
Lamin Jawla deputizing for the Governor of West Coast Region Aminata
Siffai Hydara, stressed the need to wipe prejudices against
differently abled people, adding that this must begin with the strong
conviction that these people have a role to play in the society and
that they should not be treated as children with unwanted sorrow
heaped on them.
“There is no place in our society for prejudices, yet people with
disabilities are often not given equal rights and equal opportunities.
They are looked upon with a feeling of sorrow, and their condition is
seen as a suffering and a misfortune,” said Governor Hydara.
Madam Hydara added that the disabled need empowerment to equally
participate in all sectors of life without limitation. She noted that
that as a nation we should raise awareness that the disabled people in
our society need empathy not sympathy.
For his part Ismaila Jarju the Program Officer of  Concern Universal
launching the new website of Start Now organization said the US
Embassy, Banjul has recently awarded CU to implement an ICT project
call ‘Better Tech for Civil society organisations and Micro, small and
Medium enterprises.
Mr. Jarju added that the Civil society organisations and Micro, small
and Medium enterprises have a great role to play in reducing poverty
and achieving the MDGs in the country. He said ICT can play a great
role in improving the effectiveness of their work and mission and also
enable them to create awareness and visibility of their work.