Go to main content
 
 

“I don’t feel guilty anymore”

Inclusion
Palestine

Humanity and Inclusion has launched an inclusive education project in partnership with a local school in Gaza, in the Palestinian Territories. This initiative helps children with disabilities access an education. Mahmoud, who has cerebral palsy, is one of them. 

Suha and her son Mahmoud outside the school supported by HI

Suha and her son Mahmoud outside the school supported by HI | ©Oriane van den Broeck / HI

HI runs an inclusive education project in a special school in Gaza where teaching methods are adapted to children with disabilities. Their mental health and that of their families are the cornerstones of the project. 

Supporting parents 

"Mahmoud used to go to a different special school,” explains Suha. “As parents, we didn’t get any support." Now, she says, she can talk to the school psychologist and attends a support group for parents of students with disabilities.

The group has helped Suha overcome her guilt: "It was extremely difficult for me, because people in my neighbourhood and my family held me responsible for what had happened to Mahmoud. The support group has made me stronger. I can talk about my son now without crying. I am no longer ashamed.” 

Becoming more independent

Suha attended weekly awareness sessions for parents where she learned how to make her son more self-reliant: "I’ve changed my approach to him.

Mahmoud used to be dependent on me. I learned how to support him, and he does more things for himself. When he was hungry, I used to prepare something. Now, we cook together at home. These everyday changes help both Mahmoud and the rest of the family.” 

Progress at school and at home

Each child is personally followed up by the school psychologist. Mahmoud's behaviour has changed completely. He mixes with other children and is much more sociable. He has also made progress in the classroom:

"Mahmoud is more comfortable and, as a result, he is learning more and more. He can now read and write,"

says Suha. 

Where your
support
helps

PRESS CONTACT

CANADA

Gabriel PERRIAU

USA

Mica BEVINGTON

 

Help them
concretely

To go further

Accompanying humanitarian aid workers to better include persons with disabilities
© S. Ahmed / HI
Inclusion

Accompanying humanitarian aid workers to better include persons with disabilities

A set of professional strategies and practical guidance published today aims to improve the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian aid delivery and ensure their participation.

Girls education challende in Sierra Leone
© HI
Inclusion

Girls education challende in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's female literacy rate (34%) is one of the lowest in the world and, although there are many policies, none specifically addresses children with disabilities, with the exception of the Children's Rights Act (2007) which guarantees every child access to education. To address this situation, HI is implementing the Girl's Education Challenge - Transition (GEC-T) project, with key partners, so that girls and marginalized children with disabilities in five districts of Sierra Leone can reach their full potential and make the transition from primary school to secondary school and beyond.

 

UN Security Council recognises the rights of people with disabilities in armed conflicts
© Martin Crep/HI
Emergency Inclusion Rights

UN Security Council recognises the rights of people with disabilities in armed conflicts

For the first time ever, the United Nations Security Council has adopted a Resolution on persons with disabilities in armed conflict. This represents a significant step forward for people with disabilities, who are particularly at risk in crisis situations and often overlooked in humanitarian assistance.