On September 20th, 2018, NUDOR and its members organizations in good partnership with VSO Rwanda and Palladium group organized one day workshop to get known a second phase joint partnership project Inclusive Rwanda for Persons With Disabilities (IRPWD) “IKIRARO” and setting up plan and strategies to implement the project.
VSO representative, Bonny welcomed everyone present and thanked all for coming to the planning workshop. He ran through the Agenda of the day and it was adopted unanimously.
NUDOR Board member, Rose, made opening remarks and welcomed all present to the workshop. She stressed that it was such an honour for NUDOR with the support of VSO to have implemented phase one (VUP) of the IKIRARO project and were looking forward to a fruitful phase two (CBHI) of the same project. She urged participants to actively participate as this was key to the success of the project, thereby positively impacting on the lives of persons with disabilities at large.
Mrs Rose UMUTESI during her opening remarks
Different presentations made by VSO, and NUDOR representatives but before that, participants have been asked to make a recap of phase one which ended in February 2018. The recap was as follows and participants present concurred with it:
- Training activities were done.
- Assessment on the living conditions of persons with disabilities was also carried out.
- It was found out that persons with disabilities were not very much supported as expected by the project.
- Some of the persons with disabilities were denied some of the services.
One of the key project outcomes which sought to increase the policy engagement by the disability movement, envisaged to increase the capacity in the disability movement at national and local level for representation and evidence generation as well we increased use of evidence by the disability movement for policy engagement Phase one ran from January 2017 to February 2018.
The participants appreciated the presentation, though some had questions for clarity, and some had comments. The following were recorded:
A question was posed on the selection criteria of beneficiaries as most persons with severe disabilities were said to have been left out. Selection committees in all the participating districts were set. And as this was a pilot project, it was not possible for everyone to be included. Categorization used on VUP was and is still the same that was and will be used for CBHI.
Participants asked different questions on the joint project
In ending the session, VSO representative Mrs. Sarah added that the government’s commitment made during the 2018 Global Summit on Disability is to a greater extent strengthening the project and creating more spaces and opportunities which the disability movement needs to take advantage of and explore through active involvement.
NUDOR representative, Mr. Claude SURWUMWE the IRPWD Project Manager in NUDOR made the presentation. In his presentation, he flagged out the three sectors which phase two would concentrate on and these included implementation of the VUP Issue Action Strategy, implementation of CBHI and to look at the cross cutting activities.
IRPWD Project Manager Mr. Jean Claude SURWUMWE during his presentation
After presentations, deliberations (Decisions) were made.
Sarah thanked all participants present for their live deliberations and expressed her gratitude on hearing the recap of the first phase as an indication that individuals were following and participating fully in the project.
NUDOR Board member, Mrs. Rose UMUTESI, further thanked everyone for their time and rich contributions made during the workshop. She emphasised that all these efforts would not be in vain, but contribute towards the change that we (persons with disabilities) want. She extended her thanks to VSO for their untiring support in the fighting for the rights of persons with disabilities. She also called upon the project beneficiaries to be visible in order to tell a story. “Disability movement at large must own the process and the ownership must not be short – lived, but continue”, said Ruth, in ending her vote of thanks.
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The media can be a vital instrument in raising awareness, countering stigma and misinformation. It can be a powerful force to change societal misconceptions and present persons with disabilities as individuals that are a part of human diversity. By increasing the awareness and understanding of disability issues and the diversity of persons with disabilities and their situations, the media can actively contribute to an effective and successful integration of persons with disabilities in all aspects of societal life. Indeed, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires States to raise awareness and combat stereotypes related to persons with disabilities, including by encouraging all media to portray persons with disabilities in a manner consistent with a respect for human rights.
It is from all above background that NUDOR in collaboration with ROJAPED organized 3 days workshop (from 23rd to 25th May 2018) at Hotel Five to Five with the theme ” The role of Media in State implementation of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in Rwanda”.
At least 26 different Media houses were represented in the training by its professional journalists where they gained more skills on UNCRPD, how to care persons with disabilities and how to write inclusive stories, removing bad languages to Pwds etc..
The workshop has officially opened by NUDOR representative (UMUTESI Rose)
During her speech she said ” There is still challenges in the state implementation of the UNCRPD that needs to be removed in order to allow persons with disabilities enjoy their rights in all levels of Rwanda society. For example at Hospitals there are not the persons that can provide services to the persons with hearing disability (Deaf persons) they did not trained to provide services to persons with disabilities… ”
Participants shared their previous experiences where they requested to organize other training especially on Sign Language so that they will be able to communicate with Deaf persons.
Of the media’s many roles, four can be singled out for emphasis. To begin with, media serve as a vehicle for the transmission of ideas, images, and information. Moreover, they are a communicative space for public discourse and of the discursive public. The media are also an arena of sign communication and sign communities. Finally, the media constitute a process of performing social identities and identifying social performances.
Most perceptions about disability are formed within households and in communities, but media communicate values, attitudes, and beliefs, as well as play a major socializing influence as carriers of information and education. They are also central in shaping events within households and in determining how the body is perceived by the general public. Moreover, media are key in identity formation and can contribute in stigma reduction and the enhancement of self-esteem among people with disabilities; while reflecting public attitudes regarding disability, they also shape them. To understand how media frame the way disability is constructed in society, we would need to look at media content (representations, stereotypes, presence and absence), media technologies (access and technological determinism), and media policies (language, technology, content, scheduling).
Media can reverse these perceptions through programming that looks at disability issues in a holistic manner and by linking disability with culture, poverty, governance, corruption, gender, and so on. They can provide models of people with disabilities who are bringing about changes in families and communities. At the national level, media can contribute to policies that are friendly to PWD.
After realizing that many people with disabilities are doing businesses and receiving donations from outside the country to their best of living, and all of them should sometimes have to pass through the custom system. It has seen that through this process, and the big number of these people have usually facing the challenges when seeking the declaring services from the custom services due to do not know the custom law procedures. It is from that point that, the 3 days (From 16th to 18th May 2018 ) training of NUDOR MO’s has been organized at Centre Saint Vincent de Palotti – Gikondo, the main purpose of this training was to assess the knowledge and skills on the custom law and procedures; available opportunities, etc… This is the one among the hot issues highlighted by the holistic report from the data collection on the implementation of the UNCRPD (United Nations Convention of Rights of the Persons with Disabilities).
The training was officially opened & Closed by NUDOR President.
The specific objectives of the training were, aware of the key laws and other documents relate to Customs which are the following which includes also Pwd’s:
- Custom Law
- Customs Agents
- Exportation, Departure & Clearance of Air Craft and Vessels
- Temporary Importation
- Warehousing of goods
The Liliane Foundation Inclusion Network (LINC) Africa chapter, held its second annual meeting in Lusaka-Zambia from 12 to 15 May 2018. The meeting attracted members from 18 nationalities across Africa, both English speaking (10 countries) and French speaking (7 countries).
LINC-Africa was officially launched in Kigali in April 2017 to promote a broader vision of societies where children with disabilities are fully included in all aspects of life and meaningfully participate in decisions that affect their well-being.
During this meeting, participants discussed different items including, Achievement of the networks for both Francophone and Anglophone, presentation on Multi-Annual Plan of the Liliane Foundation and the FLOW Model, the use of Blue Jeans, creating a regional knowledge bank for LINC, reflection on learning from CAN conference, update from international secretariat on branding and Update on other LINC-regional network and presentations of members on different topics: Presentation on Health and Rehabilitation by CBC/Cameroon, Presentation on the STEP Project/Uganda, Presentation on Orthopedic (Prosthesis and Orthotics and Appliances) /Uganda, Presentation on Advocacy work and strategies/ Burundi and Presentation on Inclusive Education/ Zambia. Finally, members worked on Formulation of the regional strategy for the network.
This meeting ended up with elections of the representatives of the network. Mr Greaterman Chivandire from Leonard Cheshire Disability/Zimbabwe was elected as the chairperson for English speaking, whereas Mr Dominique BIZIMANA from the National Union of Disability Organizations in Rwanda /Rwanda was elected as the chairperson for French speaking. The chairpersons will be assisted technically by Miss Isabel (for English speaking) based in Zimbabwe and Mr Bernard Houehounde (for French speaking) based in Benin.
Under DPOD (Disabled people’s organizations of Denmark) and Danish Scout Aid financial fund, NUDOR is implementing a four year project (2016-2019) entitled Education for All. The project covers six schools located in different provinces of Rwanda. Its final long term impact is to see children with disability considered as the rights holders to education by the communities and schools.
EFA project activities are focusing on the following three outcomes:
- More accessible schools for children with disability,
- Community members who actively support the identification of out of school CWDs and provide them with local solutions,
- Children with disability are financially supported to access education,
- Enhanced NUDOR’s organizational capacity for the implementation of inclusive education.
In this month of May 2018, from 7th up to 11th, NUDOR conducted a joint field monitoring visit with Disabled People’s Organizations in Denmark (DPOD) and Danish Scouts and Guides AID representatives to different schools and communities in NGORORERO, RULINDO and NYARUGENGE districts, purposely to monitor the project implementation and collection of best practices and stories, while responding to different children’s educational needs.
It has been carried out through lessons observations, walk around the school, and interviews with children, teachers, parents and home visits were carried out.
It has generally been found out that much has been done: Children with disability have achieved to get integrated among other children without disability and they are performing at their own pace. It has also been found out that much needs to be done on training of teachers so that they can effectively respond to different educational learning needs and NUDOR’s intervention is planned to work it out accordingly.
The collected stories and best practices will serve as advocating materials in the future and will support for further mobilization of funds.