LUSAKA, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Friday called for an end to discrimination against children with special needs.
The Zambian leader said it was sad that the society has continued to look down on children with special needs, a situation that was making them finding it difficult to socialize with others.
Lungu, in remarks delivered at the Olympic Youth Development Center, an ultra-modern sports facility in Lusaka, the country's capital, said discrimination against children with special needs was forcing them to even shun sports activities.
He visited the sports facility to take part in activities to mark the International Day for Sport for Development and Peace, according to state broadcaster, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation.
According to him, children with special needs were just like any other children and must be supported by society.
The Zambian leader also took time to interact with the children and was part of a fitness session for Special Olympics athletes.
Among the sporting activities he took part in included the wheelchair race and the 400 meters relay race.
He later encouraged people in the country to develop the habit of exercising each day in order to get stronger and live healthier lives, according to a statement on his Facebook page.