THE ILO CENTENARY

The International Labour Organization celebrates 100 years in April 2019. The International Labour Office Sri Lanka joined the world celebrations at Nelum Pokuna. The Chief Guest was His Excellency the President Mr. Maithripala Sirisena. The ILO included persons with disabilities in their 100 year celebrations.

 

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1 Kandiyan dancers.

2 Logos on screen.

3 EFC staff.

4 Issuing the stamp and the first day cover.

5 Visual dance.

Manique Gunaratne

Supported Employment Officer – Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment

ICT COURSE OF STUDY IN WINDOWS OPERATIONS

Since its inception in 1999, the Network on Disability of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) has taken strides, notably in the fields of ICT training, language and skills training and economic empowerment. The ICT Training Centre of the EFC which was launched in 2009 with the support of the International Labour Organization (ILO) is the nucleus of the Network on Disability.  Embracing the vision of ‘productive employment through social harmony’, its objective is to develop the employability skills of persons with diverse disabilities in the country.

Under the guidance of Ms. Manique Gunaratne, it has benefited more than200 persons with diverse disabilities to date including school leavers, job seekers, undergraduates and those employed from all corners of the Island.

The Training Centre fully equipped with devices specially designed for persons with disabilities and other software, also collaborates with Curtin University of Technology in Australia and SLIIT (Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology) Malabe. The programs are also recognized by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) and within the EFC membership which consists of 700 companies.

The ICT Training Centre receiving the CISCO Academy status in 2014 is the latest feather in its cap. This is a milestone of the ICT Training Centre as it is the only training centre in the country which trains people with diverse disabilities in CISCO courses. CISCO is a globally recognized IT qualification.

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre with the support of the #InternationalLabourOrganisationSri LankaOffice started a course of study in Windows Operations for 15 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, partially sighted, hearing impaired, physical disabilities and slow learners) in March 2019. Up to date 90 persons with disabilities have registered to follow this course of study in Windows Operations.

 

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1 Trainee learning online.

 

 

2 Group of persons with disabilities learning.

3 Group photograph.

4 Hearing impaired persons learning through sign language.

Manique Gunaratne

Skype – manique.g

ILO GBDN NEWS LETTER GIVES PUBLICITY TO EFC NETWORK ON DISABILITY

The International Labour Organisation, Global Business Disability Network news letter published an article on The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Training & Disability Resource Centre in May 2019. Please read the article on:

 

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Manique Gunaratne

Advisory Board – CENWOR Employment for Women with Disabilities Project

ACCESS AUDITS

We are all persons with disabilities at some time in our lives. A child, a person with a broken leg, a parent with a pram, pregnant mother, an elderly person, etc. are all disabled in one way or another. Those who remain healthy and able-bodied all their lives are few. As far as the built-up environment is concerned, it is important that it should be barrier-free

And adapted to fulfill the needs of all people equally. As a matter of fact, the needs of the persons with disabilities coincide with the needs of the majority, and all

People are at ease with them. As such, planning for the majority implies planning for people with varying abilities and disabilities.

The technical aim of an access audit is to provide a barrier-free

Environment for the independence, convenience and safety of all people with disabilities and persons with not yet with a disability.

Disability accessibility has been a huge challenge for people with disabilities. This includes customers as well as employees. Therefore, it is important Employers to sensitize their staff on the importance of accessibility to treat their customers with dignity and justice.

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon conducts access audits in companies to give recommendations for the employers. The Access Audit team of EFC conducted an access audit at the British Council Kandy in April 2019 to make it a disable friendly environment for all persons with disabilities.

 

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The Access Audit team, Ms. Manique Gunaratne, Mr. Santhush Peiris, Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera and Mr. Chamod Nayanananda.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Member of the Expert Body of the Sub Committee on Persons with Disabilities – Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES MARKET THEIR PRODUCTS AT “AVURUDU POLA”

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre conducts a training in “Small Business Development” for persons with disabilities to  training them on how to prepare a proper business plan. The main idea behind this programme is to develop entrepreneurs with disabilities. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon together with its member companies created the opportunity to market their products at several “Avurudu Pola’s” in March and April 2019 to celegrate the Sinhala New Year. Persons with disabilities marketed their products at Avurudu Pola at Green Path, Colombo 7, at staff Avurudu Pola at London Stock Exchange and at the Avurudu Pola at Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC.

 

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1 Marketting products made by persons with disabilities.

2 Group selling products.

3 Group in action.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Vice Chair Person – South Asian Disability Forum

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES”

The Employers’ Network on Disability was initiated to provide employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. A member company of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon recruited an EFC trainee with a disability into their work force.

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EFC trainee.

Manique Gunaratne

Vice President – Sri Lanka Foundation for Rehabilitation of the Disabled

LAUNCH OF THE BOOK ON “EFC HISTORY”

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) was established in 1929 as an organization of employers dealing with labour and social issues in Sri Lanka. It is today the principal organization of employers, promoting employer interests at national level, especially focusing on industrial relations and labour law.

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC), with an overall vision statement to promote social harmony through productive employment, is implementing several proactive measures to encourage its members to employ people with disabilities.

With a membership of 680 plus companies today, EFC was the first organization to register under the Trade Unions Ordinance and is the principal trade union representing employers.

To mark the 90th anniversary a book on “EFC History” was launched at the BMICH in March 2019..

 

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1 Manique, Ayasana, Sewwandi and Lakshika.

2 Manique and Chameel.

3 Manique and Randima.

Manique Gunaratne

Manager – Specialise Training and Disability Resource Centre of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon

UN WOMEN AND EFC TO SUPPORT WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES

UN Women together with The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon are trying to improve the quality of women with disabilities through employment in the private sector. UN Women Sri Lanka is supporting government’s ongoing efforts in addressing issues confronted by women with disabilities, especially disadvantages with respect to economic empowerment – an important dimension in disability rights. EFC shared the best practices which have been implemented to improve the quality of employability skills of women with disabilities and on gainful employment.

 

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Ms. Manique Gunaratne with the team from UN Women.

Manique Gunaratne

Advisory Board Member – 18+ Alliance for Care Leavers (SOS Children’s Village)

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) was established in 1929 as an organization of employers dealing with labour and social issues in Sri Lanka. It is today the principal organization of employers, promoting employer interests at national level, especially focusing on industrial relations and labour law.

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC), with an overall vision statement to promote social harmony through productive employment, is implementing several proactive measures to encourage its members to employ people with disabilities.

With a membership of 700 plus companies today, EFC was the first organization to register under the Trade Unions Ordinance and is the principal trade union representing employers.

The EFC, with funding from the ILO, developed the Employers’ Network on Disability with the objective of facilitating employment and training opportunities in the private sector for job seekers with disabilities, which was officially launched in the year 2000. The object of forming the Network is to have a link between the business community and the organizations dealing with disability issues to facilitate mainstreaming its work.

A member company of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, provided employment opportunity to EFC trainee in March 2019.

 

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1 Management of Hemas Group with Ms. Manique Gunaratne and the EFc trainee.

Manique Gunaratne

Council Member – Cisco Networking Academy Council