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United Nations tasks MKU with inequality fight duties in the region

The United Nations has recognised Mount Kenya University (MKU)’s efforts in reducing human inequalities and has given the institution a special role in the region to help the disadvantaged, who include people living disabilities.

Vice chancellor Prof Deogratius Jaganyi says the United Nations Academic Impact (Unai) office in New York has granted the institution the opportunity to serve as the UnaiSDG10 – Reduced Inequalities Hub for a period of three years.

Addressing invited guests, lecturers and students on the Day of Persons Enabled Differently in Thika town, the VC said during 2019-2010 academic year, in partnership with Partners for Care, MKU donated wheel chairs to the

Persons Enabled Differently from Thika district. “The university will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Association of Persons Enabled Differently to engage in further areas of collaboration,” he said.

Prof Jaganyi said the number of students who are enabled differently at MKU has been on the increasing within the last few years. Mku also offers courses and programmes that lead to empowering the general population in working and assisting Persons Enabled Differently with communities to achieve their goals in life

“We continue to welcome them all and we do promise that we shall do our best to continue championing the mission of reducing inequalities with the communities and top on our agenda is to assist persons enabled differently achieve their life aspirations,” he added.

The VC discouraged the use of the word “Persons Living With disabilities (PWDs) but to instead use ‘Persons Enabled Differently’.

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