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Egypt Opens 24 Sports Offices and 42 Art Centers for People with Disabilities

11 May, 2017
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Egypt’s Ministry of Youth and Sports has established 24 new offices across the country dedicated to assisting people with disabilities in order “to assert their palpable role in society”.

The move comes as part of the execution of the 2014 plan to research and study the needs for people with disabilities, said an official Wednesday ministry statement, which added that the ministry is working on meeting those needs as well as overcoming any obstacles disabled individuals face across all governorates.

The ministry also opened 42 arts and creativity centers to provide arts, cultural and sports activities for people with disabilities, including centers in Al-Maasara, Helwan Helmyet Al-Zatoun and Makram Ebeid in Cairo; Imbaba and Al-Salam in Giza; and others in Damietta, Alexandria, Qena, Al-Monofya, Tanta and Luxor.

Previously in hiding but now seeking more jobs and opportunities by the day, Egyptians struggling with disabilities are finally getting their chance to shine. With increasing public awareness and organizations coming to their aid, the lives of an estimated 15 million Egyptians with disabilities are becoming smoother.

One field Egyptians excel in worldwide is sports, and Egyptians born with disabilities have not been prevented from leading the charge in the country’s success across all types of sports. Many championships, notably the Paralympics, found Egyptians with Down syndrome, blindness or in wheelchairs taking the lead. Most recently, Egypt’s Taha Adel received the gold medal on May 4 for his 160kg lift in the 2017 Para Powerlifting World Cup. Egypt also competed at the Rio 2016 Summer Paralympics, finishing second in the total medal count. The country’s players won a total of 143 medals: 45 gold, 43 silver and 55 bronze.

In March, Egypt hosted the first Arab forum for people with disabilities, incorporating talks and discussions as well as regional networking and experience sharing for the cause, under the sponsorship of the Arab League.

Tags Disabilities Ministry of Youth and Sports