AbleChildAfrica and Action Network for Disabled Youth (ANDY) are currently running a project that uses sports to encourage out of school disabled children into school. Part of the project supported a learning exchange visit between ANDY and our partners in Uganda who have also worked on projects that increase school enrollment of disabled children. Sarah Musau is the Project and Outreach Officer for ANDY and describes below how the visit went.
Uganda Learning Exchange Visit
Written By: Sarah Musau – ANDY Project Officer
Do I say I look forward to another learning exchange visit? A big YES!
It was such an exhilarating and informative learning exchange visit. Jane one of the outgoing coaches and I participated in the exchange. The organization which hosted us was the Uganda Society for Disabled Children (USDC) one of AbleChildAfrica’s long time partners.
The aim for the exchange was to gain learning on child protection, how USDC has been able to implement a policy in schools, the Child to Child approaches to teaching and child rights clubs. This exchange was in regards to the ‘Inclusive Sports Project for Children with Disabilities’ ANDY is carrying out in 5 schools in Kenya in partnership with AbleChildAfrica.
We visited two schools in Eastern Uganda (Jinja), and two parent support groups, then we visited two schools in Northern Uganda (Lira), 1 parent support group and the district officers, and lastly, we had very insightful discussions and exchanges with the USDC.
I was struck by the fact that child rights clubs are working well in schools and it has captured parents, teachers and government involvement. I am ready to put it in action in the schools ANDY is involved in.