Nicoya, Culture

Free courses for people with disabilities open enrollment

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Translator: Arianna Hernández

People with disabilities from Nicoya and neighboring communities can sign up for a spot in the organic agriculture and dance workshops that will be taught at the Nicoyan Association of People with Disabilities (ASONIPED) facilities in Nicoya.

The short workshops will take place every Monday from November 8 to December 6. The courses are facilitated by Parque La Libertad, a project of the Ministry of Culture that promotes human development and social inclusion.

Those who participate will develop artistic experiences and learn ecological agricultural techniques for good nutrition and organic waste management.

Government institutions and organizations in the province scheduled the workshops to coincide with the National Week for the Rights of People with Disabilities, which is commemorated annually during the second week of November.

At the end of the workshops, participants will present the results of both courses during the celebration of the International Day of People with Disabilities, which is commemorated on December 3. The activity will take place at the Civic Center for Peace in Santa Cruz, one of the institutions in charge of coordinating it.

“The idea is that they can invite their family members or their caregiver to the presentation and exhibit what they learned,” explained the youth manager of the civic center’s Youth Council, Mercedes Hidalgo.

Each workshop has room for 15 people between the ages of 12 and 35. Anyone interested can enroll by calling 6446-1000.

Inclusion Outside the GMA

Hidalgo stressed the importance of decentralizing resources that are frequently allocated to projects in the Greater Metropolitan Area and don’t take care of the needs of disabled people in the province.

Completely exclusive societies have to change and these programs that allow them to exercise their right to recreation and leisure places are part of this,” emphasized Hidalgo.

Beyond recreation places, the manager added that other benefits of the organic agriculture workshop are the possibility of motivating a business venture or improving the nutritional health of participants.

The 2018 National Survey on Disability indicates that 56.4% of people with disabilities aren’t part of the workforce.

It’s important to have a sustainable food supply. If it isn’t within their resources and no one hires them, then they can produce their food themselves,” added the president of ASONIPED, Patricia Ruiz.