The World Health Organization estimates that 15 per cent of the world’s population has a disability, and in developing countries, the exclusion of people with disabilities from the labour market can significantly decrease their Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
That is why more than 150 Bangladeshi factories have signed up to ‘go inclusive.’ With help and advice on inclusion from the Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) and technical support from German-based Promotion of Social Environmental Standards in the Industry (PSES), these factories will install audio and visual alarms, accessible elevators, ramps and handrails. Marked floors, emergency exit points and toilets with colour signage and pictograms to improve accessibility will also be installed. The scheme is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH which works on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh.
The Bangladeshi government is also on board with helping to get the nation’s estimated 3.2 million youth enrolled in high quality skills development and has set a five per cent quota of reserved places for persons with disabilities in all technical institutions.Since 2014, PSES has supported training more than 250 women with disabilities at Shahid Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Training Academy. Additionally, the National Skills Development Council (NSDC) hopes to replicate the model of disability inclusive training in regular skills training programs.
These collaborative efforts between the Bangladeshi and German governments, the private sector and other stakeholders aims to create sustainable growth in the RMG industry and open more employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.
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