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CBM celebrates Global Action Week on Inclusive education

 

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The Global Action Week 2014 celebrations organized by CBM ended at the Kerugoya Boys’ High School. Students and teachers who were in training throughout the week received certificates and various awards for their participation. The theme for this year is ‘equal rights and equal opportunities for children with disabilities’

Equal rights and equal opportunities for children with disabilities

a lady addressing a group of people doing a presentation

a lady addressing a group of people doing a presentation

The Global Action Week 2014 celebrations organized by CBM ended in pomp and style at the Kerugoya Boys’ High School. Students and teachers who were in training throughout the week received certificates and various awards for their participation. Global Action Week, a brainchild of the Global Campaign on Education (GCE) is an annual week-long event that campaigns for the right to education on a civil society platform as part of the millennium development goal on the education for all agenda. The theme for this year is ‘equal rights and equal opportunities for children with disabilities’.

The week- long event saw students and teachers from four schools undertake sensitization training to understand what disability is, the various barriers to inclusion and the different approaches they can employ for a more inclusive society. At the end of the training, they were commissioned as disability ambassadors in their respective schools. In line with the theme, CBM partnered with the various stakeholders from Kirinyaga County to organize activities to specifically address the transition rates of deaf children from primary school to secondary school in the county. The four schools that participated include Kerugoya Boys High School, Kerugoya Girls’ high school, Rev. Muhoro Secondary School for the deaf and Kerugoya Primary School for the deaf.

CBM commended for its contribution inclusive education

The Chief Guest, Mr. Harrison Gatimu – a representative from the Kirinyaga County Education office commended CBM for taking the lead role of ensuring that students with disability have equal opportunities in education as their peers. “We are privileged in this county to be given the chance to undertake this sensitization training on disability. Children with disability should not be isolated because they also need to go to school and make a life of their own. We will ensure that we follow through with the action plans presented by the various schools regarding inclusive education for the benefit of the children of Kerugoya” added Mr. Gatimu.
CBM’s Country Coordinator Mr. David Munyendo echoed these sentiments. “As CBM, we are committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities mainly through advocating for inclusive development practices. Inclusive development starts with inclusive education because it means these children are empowered. We have come here to offer our support on inclusive education and to give back to the community of Kerugoya.’’

Global Campaign for Education statistics

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Dennis and Peter artists with visual imparement who performed at the close of the Global Action Week

Recent statistics shared by the Global Campaign for Education Network (GCE), show that an estimated One billion people have a disability – comprising approximately 15% of the global population. It is also estimated that 93 million of these are children. In most low and middle-income countries, children with disabilities are more likely to be out of school than any other group of children even if they do attend school, children living with disabilities are often more likely to drop out and leave school early. In some countries, having a disability can more than double the chance of a child not being in school, compared to their non-disabled peers.

The students sang along and danced to music by various artists with disability among them Denno- a renowned Kenyan musician with visual impairment and Lal Daggy, a rapper who is deaf. The day ended successfully with the students from the schools represented taking part in a volleyball match where Rev. Muhoro School for the deaf was crowned winners.
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