Government Ministers commend launch of Aliv Connect

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Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Obadiah H. Wilchcombe, and Minister of Education and Technical & Vocational Training, the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Thursday applauded ALIV for “re-defining corporate citizenship” with the launch of its ALIV Connect Campaign.

The launch took place at Stapledon School, Dolphin Drive. The School is one of six ALIV organizational partners. The others are: The Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled, the Centre for the Deaf, Abilities Unlimited, Erin Gilmour School for the Blind, and Special Olympics Bahamas.

Company officials say ALIV Connect is an initiative focused on creating an “equitable and inclusive Bahamas by strategically leveraging the company’s core business, including technology, to develop tangible opportunities for unrepresented communities, namely the community of persons with disabilities.” Minister Wilchcombe, in commending the company for its initiative, said: “It is incredible that you are re-defining corporate citizenship. Usually corporate citizenship has a lot to do with what individuals seek for themselves, but what you are doing is that you are allowing individuals who have challenges to now have opportunities, and you are answering the call that was made to The Bahamas and many countries around the world over a decade ago for equal opportunities. You are taking this gigantic step to provide equal opportunities.”

Minister Hanna-Martin said the success of the initiative will be a substantial step, and a tangible advancement, in the country’s collective commitments and mutual obligations and caring reciprocations, as a caring people.”

“This is how we are truly able to realize the full incredible potential of all of our people,” Mrs. Hanna-Martin said. “The focus this morning to create access for persons with disabilities to digital technologies as pointed out by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), offers unprecedented opportunities to support the building of inclusive knowledge societies and the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These goals include, and are not exhaustive: no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, gender equality, decent work and economic growth, reduce inequality, climate action, peace, justice and strong institutions and one that we are demonstrating today, partnerships for the Goals.

“Our evolution, social and political progress (as a country), imperfect though it may be, has been founded upon the rejection of discrimination and oppression and an activated commitment to the promotion of equality, equity, justice and fairness. This includes embracement of all communities throughout the entire archipelago including those described as being at the remotest parts of this
nation.

We are hopeful that this initiative will provide widespread access to technology which can be strategically utilized for the dissemination of information and the delivery of education to persons with disabilities in varying forms. I am happy to be a part of this launch. I thank ALIV for stepping up to its corporate responsibilities in this regard,” Minister Hanna-Martin added.

Mr. John Gomez, Chief Executive Officer, ALIV, said technology is driving “exponential change internationally and is now crucial for many Bahamian industries.”

“Without access to technological devices, many communities will be left behind. ALIV believes that all people throughout the Bahamian islands deserve connectivity (and) so ALIV Connect is dedicated to ensuring that all communities have access to the technology needed to succeed. By using our powerful network and leading technology, ALIV encourages local inclusivity for under-represented communities through active engagement with civic groups and government leaders.”

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