Juru initiatives a student-based drive has prepared Impano challenge for children with disability that is scheduled to take place throughout the disability week.
Impano challenge was introduced to help children with disabilities expose their talents in a way of raising self-confidence among them through inclusive education.
The challenge was done through visiting schools that have children with disabilities.
The challenge introduced by the students of the University of Rwanda, Rwamagana Campus also involves reinforcing capacity building and promoting sexual reproductive health awareness among young people with disabilities.
Speaking to The Campus, Justin Ruhumuriza mentioned that different talents of disabled children will be tapped during the challenge.
“Singing, poetry and others not mentioned are the talents that are being considered during the challenge,” Ruhumuriza said.
He added that Juru initiative is working hand in hand with some stakeholders to continue developing the talents of these children even after the challenge.
Ruhumuriza said, “The best winner among the four will be announced on the last occasion and the awards will be given as well as cash prizes.”
He reminded all the people to always respect and provide an equal room of opportunity to disabled children and other people under the same circumstances.
It is in this way that country’s Special Needs and Inclusive Education (SNE) policy aims to ensure that all children and youth including those with disabilities have access to equitable, inclusive, and quality education.
In Rwanda, children with disabilities are far less likely to start and stay in school than their peers without disabilities.
The reports indicate that special schools have insufficient facilities, and qualified teachers to support these students and their families who often lack information about disabled children and how to support their children.
Globally, there are 150 million children living with disabilities who are often denied education rights and suffer other challenges of social stigma in their communities.