Disability rights advocate and GAATES Vice-President Vashkar Bhattacharjee (Bangladesh) receives UNESCO award
Asia-Pacific, Europe, Events, ICT, News, December 6 2018
Disability rights advocate and GAATES’ Vice-President, Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee (Bangladesh) has been awarded the UNESCO/Emir Al Ahmad al Jaber Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities 2018 at UNESCO, Paris, France on Monday, 3 December 2018.
Mr. Bhattacharjee is a leading advocate who collaborates with local, national, and international partners to produce resources to facilitate learning with a disability as well as educating teachers in the use accessible reading materials. He and his colleagues also formed a network of employers that provides fair work opportunities to persons with disabilities. Mr. Bhattacharjee has also been involved in national level campaigns promoting issues concerning disability and information rights and was accredited for successfully developing Bangladesh’s first accessible dictionary in four forms, dedicated to persons with visual, print and learning disabilities. He was currently working for Young Power in Social Action (YPSA), a registered non-government organization based in Chattaogram and serves as national consultant for Accessibility to Information or the a2i programme of the government of Bangladesh.
This is the first time ever that a Bangladeshi national received the prestigious award, said the embassy of Bangladesh in Paris on Tuesday.
His Majesty Sheikh Mubarak Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the representative of the Kuwaiti Government, presented the award at a ceremony organized in celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at UNESCO Headquarters.
The award, created in 2002 and supported by the State of Kuwait, is given in an individual and organizational category every two years in recognition of contribution for the promotion of quality education and raising awareness about the right to education of persons with disabilities. Tencent, a private sector enterprise from China was the recipient of the 2018 Prize in the organizational category.
In his speech, Mr. Bhattacharjee thanked the Honorable Prime Minister, recognizing her dream of a Digital Bangladesh and noted that colleagues are now transforming it into reality, making inclusive and barrier-free ICT environment for the people with disability.