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Inclusive education in West Africa: first step towards the inclusion of children with disabilities

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Since 2012, Handicap International has been improving the school enrolment and attendance of 170,000 children with disabilities in nine West African countries through the “Promoting the Full Participation of Children with Disabilities in Education” (APPEHL) project. Sandra Boisseau, who coordinates APPEHL from Dakar, Senegal, explains what the organisation is doing to remove obstacles to education for these children.

Bénédicte Leguezim is visually impared. She is 12 years old and studies in 5th grade in Loma Kolide.

Bénédicte Leguezim is visually impared. She is 12 years old and studies in 5th grade in Loma Kolide. | © Studio Cabrelli / Handicap International

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Girls education challende in Sierra Leone
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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
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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.

Humanity & Inclusion will be at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference
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Humanity & Inclusion will be at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference

Starting June 3, Humanity & Inclusion will have a presence at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, which gathers more than 6,000 people every three years, and this year meets in Vancouver, Canada. This year’s conference focuses on “power, and how it can drive – or hinder – progress and change.”