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PDF Co- Chair Mr. Latoa Halatau Awarded the Member of the New Zeala...
PDF Co- Chair Mr. Latoa Halatau Awarded the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)

The Pacific Disability Forum would like to congratulate PDF Co- Chairperson (male) Mr. Latoa Halatau for being awarded the Member of New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) during the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for his  services to the blind and the Pacific community. PDF is proud of Mr. Halatau for receiving the award and believes that it is a well-deserved award.  

Pacific Disability Forum | 6/8/2015 12:00:00 AM

We are part of the community
We are part of the community

The members, teachers and students of Fusi Alofa Association in Tuvalu celebrated the closing of Environment week on 5th  - 6th June, 2015 with the theme “Seven Billion Dream, Planet, Consume with Care”.  They celebrated on the streets of Funafuti by holding banners, placards and wearing costumes that depicts the theme of the week.

Pacific Disability Forum | 6/6/2015 12:00:00 AM

Fusi Alofa children and youth with disabilities entertained Funafut...
Fusi Alofa children and youth with disabilities entertained Funafuti community members

The Fusi Alofa School for children with disabilities entertained members of the Funafuti communities during the organised pre-school celebration of environment week on June 4, 2015.

Pacific Disability Forum | 6/6/2015 12:00:00 AM

Three children with disabilities mainstreamed into Tuvalu school
Three children with disabilities mainstreamed into Tuvalu school

Three students from the Fusi Alofa School for children with disabilities were successfully mainstreamed into the Nauti Primary School for the first time ever on the 25th of May 2015.

Pacific Disability Forum | 6/2/2015 12:00:00 AM

Luganville needs more ramps and toilets for people with disabilitie...
Luganville needs more ramps and toilets for people with disabilities

The National Co-ordinator of the Disability Promotion & Advocacy Association Mrs Nelly Caleb says there needs to be more ramps and wheel-chair accessible toilets for people with disabilities in Luganville.

Pacific Disability Forum | 6/2/2015 12:00:00 AM

Weekly Update
Weekly Update

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum.
 
Education is the key to success. It is a tool that has been proven to have lifted people out of poverty, open their minds to perceive things positively and most importantly build their capacity to make informed and well thought decisions and choices in life. However, for some persons with disabilities in the Pacific it is almost impossible for them to go through the education system as people’s mindset towards them tend to be one of the biggest barrier that contributes to them not accessing any forms of education.

Pacific Disability Forum | 6/2/2015 12:00:00 AM

"End Violence against Children Pacific Conference"
"End Violence against Children Pacific Conference"

The above-mentioned regional meeting was organised by the UNICEF Pacific Office and attended by over 100 participants representing Government Departments/ Ministries, regional organisations, civil society, church, development partners, UN agencies and media groups from around the Pacific. It was opened by H.E Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, the President of Fiji with the keynote address delivered by Ms Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative to the Secretary General on Violence Against Children.

Pacific Disability Forum | 5/26/2015 12:00:00 AM

Weekly Update
Weekly Update

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum.
 
Building a disability inclusive community is critical in this day and age that we live in. Being part of a community gives every person including persons with disabilities a sense of belonging and being part of something which they can always call home. PDF acknowledges the steps taken by residents of Tonga’s Eua Island on their hands-on approach to construct world-class community projects that consider potential impacts of climate change and disasters and, ensuring that it is disability inclusive. Such steps and initiatives are vital as it ensures the full enjoyment of life by community members, without any limitation to their mobility and accessibility within the community.


Pacific Disability Forum | 5/19/2015 12:00:00 AM

Weekly Update
Weekly Update

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum.
 
It is very encouraging to note that churches are striving towards ensuring that they are disability inclusive, education ministries pushing for the mainstreaming of children with disabilities into mainstream schools and that persons with disabilities are playing sports like any other member of society. 


Pacific Disability Forum | 5/14/2015 12:00:00 AM

Weekly Update
Weekly Update

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum.
 
The 30th of April 2015 was a day to remember for women and girls with disabilities in the Pacific as the first ever EVAW inclusive toolkit for women and girls was launched. The toolkit, will support EVAW organisations to include women and girls with disabilities in the fight to eliminate violence against women and, in their advocacy programmes and activities. The toolkit will play a big role in purging barriers that women and girls with disabilities face in society and address greater awareness on the discrimination that women and girls face in society. 


Pacific Disability Forum | 5/5/2015 12:00:00 AM