NCCE Completes Regional Campaign for Disability Inclusion in The Gambia

April 15, 2024 / Comments Off on NCCE Completes Regional Campaign for Disability Inclusion in The Gambia

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The National Council for Civic Education (NCCE), with funding from UNICEF and in partnership with the UNPRPD and The Gambia Federation of the Disabled, successfully concluded an 8-day Regional Stakeholders’ Orientation Campaign across The Gambia. This initiative aimed to significantly enhance awareness and inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) within the nation.

The campaign brought together a diverse range of representatives, fostering crucial dialogue and collaboration. Participants included:

  • The Gambia Federation of the Disabled (GFD)
  • Government Officials
  • Professionals & Policymakers
  • National & Regional Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs)
  • Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
  • Women, Youths & Local Authorities

Through open discussions, the campaign addressed critical areas for positive change:

  • Inclusive Practices: Exploring methods to ensure all individuals feel welcome and empowered to participate.
  • Accessibility: Identifying and eliminating physical and societal barriers that hinder PWDs.
  • Protection & Disability Rights: Raising awareness of legal safeguards and ensuring their proper enforcement.

Under the theme “Breaking Barriers, Embracing Diversity: Forging Inclusive Community,” the campaign aimed to achieve two key objectives:

  1. Increase Understanding: Promote a deeper societal understanding of the issues faced by PWDs.
  2. Promote Inclusive Policies: Advocate for the implementation and enforcement of policies that align with the PWD Act 2021, fostering a more inclusive environment for all.

The NCCE emphasizes the importance of continued collaboration and collective action. The report concludes with a call to action: “Let’s work together to create a more inclusive Gambia for everyone!”

The report also highlights the powerful story of Fatoumatta Fatty, the nominated Councillor for Persons with Disabilities in Basse Area Council among others. Her journey of resilience and unwavering determination served as a potent reminder of the challenges faced by PWDs, particularly women and children. Fatoumatta’s impassioned plea for a more inclusive and supportive environment resonated deeply with participants, underscoring the urgent need for positive change and equal opportunities for all.

This report effectively conveys the scope and impact of the NCCE’s campaign, while also showcasing a personal story that reinforces the importance of disability inclusion in The Gambia.

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