Coordinator of the Refugees and Displaced Persons Working Group in the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Ahmad Baccora, emphasized that integrating individuals with special needs in northern Syria is both a moral obligation and an urgent necessity. This integration, he stressed, is crucial for building a cohesive and inclusive society that recognizes the inherent value of every member and harnesses their full potential.
Baccora highlighted that this integration encompasses economic and social dimensions and impacts various aspects of life, including education, vocational training, employment, and social engagement. He emphasized the importance of developing specialized educational and training programs to equip individuals with special needs with the skills necessary for meaningful participation in the labor market. Creating a conducive work environment, he added, incentivizes both private and public institutions to adopt inclusive employment practices.
Furthermore, Baccora underscored the significant proportion of war casualties in northern Syria and called for tailored attention to their needs to facilitate their social and economic reintegration, acknowledging their sacrifices and supporting their physical and psychological recovery.
In addressing the barriers and challenges faced by individuals with special needs, Baccora emphasized the need for collective efforts from official institutions, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and civil society to raise awareness and dismantle negative stereotypes.
Baccora concluded by asserting that through collaborative efforts, a more equitable and inclusive future can be realized, where every individual is valued based on their contributions to society. Integration of individuals with special needs in northern Syria, he emphasized, requires concerted commitment and cooperation across all sectors to ensure that each person is empowered to contribute fully to economic growth and social development.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)