Cultural practices are the biggest problem but also inadequate facilities of learning in school. Most of our schools, they don’t have skilled teachers on disabilities, there is no infrastructure which is accessible to children with disabilities, so parents they feel that there is no need of taking kids to school.
I know very well the challenges I faced in the education process, so after completing my studies I became interested in making sure that other people become aware of their rights, so that is why I am part of disability movement.
As the Programme Officer for SHIVIYAWATA, I organise sensitization meeting and activities, such as radio programmes, television programmes, and training on the rights of persons with disabilities.
Sensitisation is about raising awareness in the community on the importance of education for children with disabilities. We have different approaches, in most cases we organise community meetings on the street, we organise television and community radio programmes, we participate in commemoration days such as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and Education Week. We participate by giving brochures, posters and other communication materials.
Most organisations they are not dealing with people with disabilities. Most of them engage with HIV, malaria, TB and other problems but on the issue of disability there are very few organisations, so what I can say is ADD International is a very important organisation in the disability movement in our country.
Millions of disabled children never go to school and are condemned to a future of poverty and exclusion. Right now, we’re partnering with disability activists to ensure that every disabled child gets access to a quality education.
credit story: https://www.add.org.uk/isaacs-story