World Bank Liberia Country Manager Inguna Dobraja has emphasized the need for citizens and foreign residents to come to the aid of people with disability by helping them acquire skills and expertise.
She said physically challenged persons who are eager to contribute to the growth and development of Liberia will do so with the requisite skill and expertise.
The World Bank official made the statement at the dedication Thursday of a well-furnished computer laboratory at the Liberia School for the Blind (LSB) in Mango Town, Virginia, outside Monrovia.
The computer lab project is an initiative of staffers of the World Bank Group, including the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
"Providing access to education to all Liberians is essential, especially taking into account that the Government of Liberia has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities," she noted.
Dobraja quoted the 2008 Housing and Population Census as saying persons with disabilities account for three percent or 110,000 of Liberia's 3.5 million population.
She wants citizens to discourage all forms of discrimination against disabled people.
"The presence of officials of the Liberian Government here today clearly demonstrates its interest in ensuring that education, which is a basic human right, is afforded to all irrespective of their condition," Dobraja observed.
LSB Principal Jackson Suah described the gesture by the World Bank staff as "a fulfillment of an age-old dream."
He noted that since the founding of the school in the 1970s, the donation is the first of its kind, promising to use the facility to positively impart the lives of all persons with disabilities.
The furnished computer lab comprises eight sets of computers equipped with hearing aid, and furniture for use by students.