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Inclusive Economic Growth Workshop for Tonga’s Disability Taskforce members

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17th April 2018 Tonga Skills for Inclusive Economic Growth in partnership with the Ministry of Internal Affair’s Social Protection and Disability Department, conducted a half a day workshop for Tonga’s Disability Taskforce members this morning at Tungi Colonade, Nuku’alofa.

The workshop was designed for the participants to understand the services offered by Tonga Skills and how they can assist people with disabilities access training and improve their income, so that they can help support their families.

Tonga Skills Team Leader Dr. ‘Uhila – mo e – Langi – Fasi said they are targeting three major groups such as people with disabilities, women and people in remote areas.

“This is part of our work with people with disabilities. We are here today to develop the knowledge and capacity of our stakeholders on how to find ways to access funds, and improve their skills.”

Deputy CEO for the Ministry of Internal Affair Ms. Lu’isa Manuofetoa stated that in order to improve the life of a disabled person they must first build the capacities of the stakeholders.

“Tonga Skills helps us to train stakeholders and feed them with what is needed to build their capacities, and form the best intervention with disabilities. Not only that but we are looking at giving disabilities the same opportunities that we have. To access training, to be able to earn their own income and support their own families.”

Manuofetoa stressed that the government, service providers and NGOs should be working together towards the development of disabilities in Tonga, by giving them the same opportunities that normal people have.

There are 39 stakeholders in the Tonga Disability Taskforce. Tonga Skills is a program funded by the Australian Government.


Issued by the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communication


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