As part of the national response to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the Kingdom of Morocco, the Ministry of Solidarity, Social Development, Equality and Family has launched, with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), an online educational platforms that provides persons with disabilities (PwD) and their families access to courses, videos and resources using sign language and moderated by Moroccan experts.
"People with disabilities have a right to benefit from services that meet their specific needs during this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, just like other citizens," asserted H.E. Jamila El Moussali, Minister of Solidarity, Social Development, Equality and Family. “To ensure wider reach, beyond the dedicated digital platform, we are broadcasting through public television channels all the educational materials that we have especially tailored to the needs of students with disabilities, their families and other care takers”
When users connect to the dedicated electronic platform, users can access the courses and educational resources which are broadcast twice a day, through morning and evening sessions.
“COVID-19 has profoundly changed how we learn. It has made educational continuity difficult, especially for people with disabilities,” said Edward Christow, UNDP Resident representative in Morocco. “To fulfill the promise of the 2030 Agenda and its fundamental promise to leaving no one behind, it is essential to employ all possible facilitating technologies to support people with disabilities and their families during this crisis.”
In an effort that promotes digitalization in Moroccan administration, The Ministry of Solidarity, Social Development, Equality and Family has also included awareness announcements and videos explaining key administrative procedures to the people with disabilities and their families, through this online platform, which also enables people the issuance of disability certificates online.
This initiative is part of the integrated public policy support program that promotes the rights of persons with disabilities. It also aims to build capacity for the strategic management of the national policy for the protection and promotion of PwD rights. It is part of a strategic partnership that seeks to strengthen the institutional managerial capacities of the ministry, by providing necessary tools to function operationally during the COVID-19 crisis and to meet the needs of vulnerable people. Users can access the e-learning platform via the following link
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