It’s About Ability in Municipal Parliament in Ulcinj
ULCINJ, JUNE 4, 2012 – The Municipal Parliament of Ulcinj held special session on the transformation of their municipality within the campaign "It’s about Abilities". The goal is to become more inclusive and meet the needs of all children.
The session was aimed at raising awareness of local Parliament representatives about the necessity of creating conditions for children with disabilities to grow in their own families and for their active participation in the life of the local community.
The Mayor of Ulcinj, Nazif Cungu said that Municipality of Ulcinj has expressed particular attention to children and youth with disabilities, and that they have been trying to give them special attention, education and the necessary care for their wellbeing.
‘’This is why we have established a Day Care Centre, which is dedicated to these children, and where special attention is given to their overall mental, physical, spiritual, and of course, their social development. This Centre will in the future hire various professionals and experts in this field,’’ Cungu concluded.
"Ladies and gentlemen, children cannot wait; let alone young adults and children with disabilities. I believe that the commitment of the Municipal Assembly of Ulcinj shows that we have the same goal – to establish a Day Care Centre for Children and Youth with Disabilities," said Mustafa.
Rizaja Dervišaga, President of the Association of Parents of Children with Disabilities in Ulcinj expects that the Day Care Centre will help reduce prejudice towards children with disabilities.
Two children, Edona Karamanaga and Strahinja Kaludjerovic members of student Parliament from Primary School ‘Bosko Strugar’ in Ulcinj addressed the Parliament and talked about the issues children in Ulcinj are faced with.
‘’We often visit the neighboring city of Bar and I noticed that they have audible traffic signals. It would be good if we would have such traffic lights in our town as well. It would be great if you would add more titles and books in Braille and audio books in our libraries. Also, when I was walking through the town, I helped a parent carry a wheelchair over the staircase, because there was no driveway entrance to the town library. A few institutions in our town have wheelchair access ramps. It would be great if you would provide ramps where children need them the most,’’ said Kaludjerovic.
UNICEF Representative Benjamin Perks spoke to local parliamentarians in Ulcinj about the benefits of inclusion of children with disabilities and the best ways to promote inclusion in their municipality. Perks said that UNICEF provides support for Montenegro in ensuring respect for human rights and in meeting international standards for all children through its "It’s about Ability" campaign and support to reform of children's and social welfare.
‘’Just like the quality of democracy is not negotiable in the times of financial crisis, the quality of our commitment to human rights and particularly of children rights is also non negotiable and I hope we will continue to improve the situation of children with disability in Ulcinj and that we could be a great model for Montenegro and for the South East Europe in general,’’ UNICEF Representative Benjamin Perks concluded.
So far, sessions about establishing inclusive communities were held in the municipal assemblies of Bijelo Polje, Andrijevica, Berane, Rožaje, Pljevlja, Podgorica, Bar, Kotor and Tivat within the campaign "It’s about Abilities". During the other part of the campaign later this year, it is planned for the sessions to be held in 7 more municipal parliaments.