JOB challenges for disabled people in Cambodia was taken up for serious discussion last Thursday, in an event organised by Rabbit School in liaison with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), private companies, job agency, and other organisations.
Speaking at the workshop entitled ‘Challenges between recipients, providers, in employment for Disabled Youth in Cambodia’, Nhek Vannara, secretary of state of MoSVY, said disabled youth still face a huge challenge with jobs. Another barrier identified is a lack of competent skills among the disabled.
“Sometimes, the workplaces do not care about the disabled or simply that the disabled party itself lacks the skill that the companies or NGOs demand for. So disabled youth should learn the necessary skills to match the requirement,” said Mr Vannara.
He added that caring companies and NGOs should accord priority for the disabled people to work for them.
“I encourage disabled people to apply for work that suits their skill while I also encourage them to run their own business instead of going out to find a job.”
“Sometimes a job at home is the better answer,” Mr Vannara said.
Mr Vannara added that in relation to skills, he encouraged associations, international and National NGOs to help equip them to fit in.
“Short of relying on Samaritans for help, the disabled can help themselves by being strong-willed. Do not just always depend on destiny. No one wishes to be disabled but go forward with your own commitment to secure a future,” said Mr Vannara.
Hun Touch, an Executive Director at Rabbit School, held that it is true that teachers in general don’t know how to teach disabled children while some parents or guardians of children with disability also fail to cooperate with local authorities who are helpful.
Some provinces still lack schools and teachers, which adds to the woes of disabled youth. Meanwhile, vast distances between home and school is another leading cause on why disabled students drop out of school.
“Some schools are so far from home that is difficult for them to travel due to poor transportation and safety. In the end, parents and guardians may think their children had better stay home,” Mr Touch said.
After a day of discussion, the team found some challenges: 1 Discrimination and lack of confidence in disabled people; 2 Lack of education providers; 3 Barrier in seeking medical service; and 4 Lack of job recruitment information.
The discussion ended with some solutions to be considered: 1 Raise awareness about disability and continue promoting the policy regarding rights of the disabled; 2 Cooperate with schools and vocational institutions; 3 Improve health quality of the disabled.