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Saima Wazed attends 3rd annual IDUAI

Published on: 10:07 pm - Friday | September 28, 2018


Chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on Autism and Neuro-Development Disorders (NDDs) Saima Wazed Hossain attended the third annual commemoration of the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The event was organised from 28-29 September at Hotel Mount Lavinia in Colombo consisted of international panels, expert workshops and other high-level events and commemorations, said a press release here today.

Saima, a licensed School Psychologist, participated in two different workshops– Policies for Digital Scholarship (OER and OA) and OER and Disability– as panelist along with other dignitaries from Sri Lanka and India.

The workshop discussed the availability of technological resources in Bangladesh for people with learning in general and persons with disabilities and how they are being integrated in the education system along with the barriers which is preventing the resources from being properly utilized.

The event also addressed the ways of Bangladesh government along with other organisations which will identify measures to minimize those barriers.

Saima, goodwill ambassador for Autism of World Health Organisation in the South East Asia Region and also the chairperson of Shuchona Foundation, met other significant members of the Steering Committee on NDDs, key officials involved in ECD and Education sector, and other stakeholders who assist in developing a holistic programme for children with ASD as part of MH and disability.

Since 2016, UNESCO marks September 28 as the “International Day for Universal Access to Information” (IDUAI). The day has particular relevance with the new 2030 Development Agenda, and in particular with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target 16.10 which calls for ensuring public access to information and protection of fundamental freedoms.

To mark the Day, the ministry of telecommunication, digital infrastructure and foreign employment of Sri Lanka and UNESCO jointly organised the flagship event.

The theme of the event was “The Asian Digital Revolution: Transforming the Digital Divide into a Dividend through Universal Access”.