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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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HI opens first ever inclusive playground in Teknaf, Bangladesh.
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Inclusion Supporting the Displaced Populations/Refugees

HI opens first ever inclusive playground in Teknaf, Bangladesh.

HI and Ikea Foundation have constructed and officially opened the first ever inclusive playground in Teknaf district, Bangladesh. Since then,the playground has become a place filled with children, with and without disabilites, playing and laughing together.

Emmanuel can now travel to school by himself on his tricycle
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Emmanuel can now travel to school by himself on his tricycle

Emmanuel is twelve years old. Paralysed in both legs, he goes to school on a tricycle given to him by Humanity & Inclusion (HI), which combats the exclusion of people with disabilities in war-affected countries.

Reema: “I really hope I can go back to my village and see mum again”
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Inclusion Rehabilitation

Reema: “I really hope I can go back to my village and see mum again”

Reema, 14, was abandoned at the age of six. Suffering from phocomelia – a congenital malformation – since birth, for many years she was unable to walk. With support from HI, she has been fitted with a prosthesis and benefits from rehabilitation care. Reema now goes to school. She wants to be a dancer and practices every morning.