UNESCO: Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Prize -empowering persons with disabilities

UNESCO’s Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Prize recognizes the digital contributions of persons with disabilities. Tawfik Jelassi commends efforts in empowering this sector through policy, awareness, partnerships, and creating an inclusive digital environment. Kuwait’s commitment to supporting people with disabilities in the digital realm is highlighted.

While Speaking to KUNA on the 20th anniversary of launching, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Tawfik Jelassi, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, said ‘The prize has been contributing immensely in the past two decades to the international efforts encouraging and enabling this sector of society to create and innovate. It was important to include people with disability in societal efforts to develop and progress. The award, allocated biennially, acknowledged the contributions of persons with disabilities, making an effort to encourage their digital contributions’, he said.

‘Whether individualistically or within an organization, the prize is an essential tool to highlight digital technology made by people with extraordinary talents. The prize is based on axis benefiting persons with disabilities via creating policy empowering such individuals, spreading awareness on their contributions, encouraging partnership, and recreating the most suitable atmosphere for sustainable digital creation’, Jelassi reiterated.

Mr. Jelassi commended Kuwait’s relentless quest to support people with disabilities especially within the digital domain, saying that the prize was great evidence of the country’s sincere sentiment towards this important sector of society, calling for support towards legislations and regulations to protect the rights of people with disability and promote their talents.