Today marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and this year’s theme is ‘Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities’
Alongside our partners, AbleChildAfrica tackle the barriers to inclusion for disabled children and young people. We believe that education can be the key, the game changer, to disabled children being able to fulfil their potential as equal members of society.
The opportunity to go to school does not only give disabled children the same life chances as their peers to gain an education, but it’s the experience of learning and playing together that benefits all children, and breaks down the stigma and discrimination they may have inherited from previous generations.
“There is a lot of injustice in the world and with the Sustainable Development Goals, AbleChildAfrica has the opportunities to make sure they are delivered” Anne Wafula-Strike MBE Paralympian and AbleChildAfrica Patron
In September this year 193 world leaders committed to the Sustainable Development Goals setting an ambitious agenda for development over the next 15 years. This included a strong commitment to inclusive and quality education for all, including disabled children and young people, so that they are not “left behind”.
However this vision will remain on paper unless action is taken, and at AbleChildAfrica we are doing so through working with our partner organisations to trial and use innovative approaches that empower disabled children and young people to be the agents of change.
In northern Uganda our partners USDC are empowering children to be the primary actors of change as primary school students are encouraged to reach out into the community to find disabled children who have been “left behind” and with the support of parents groups and teachers, enroll them into their schools. In Nairobi our partners ANDY are using sport to bring children of all abilities and their parents and teachers together and supporting them to advocate for inclusion in mainstream education. In the UK we are forming a Youth Council to campaign and make some noise about disability and development!
“The Global Goal of inclusion cannot be reached unless we all work together” Baroness Verma, DFID (speaking at our Gala Dinner) We believe that working in partnership
As leaders gather again today at the UN to observe International Day of Persons with Disabilities, our Youth Ambassador Anthony has sent them a message to show our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and to encourage them to take action.
Now its time for action – #WeAreAllAble to make a difference
- show your support for #DisabilityDay on Social Media! Re-tweet @ablechildafrica or share on Facebook
- ask your teacher, your friend, your MP what they are doing to promote and enable inclusion for all – and if you are Under 25 find out more about our Youth Council
- sign-up to one of our fundraising challenges to enable AbleChildAfrica to support more disabled children into school