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作成:斉藤龍一郎
 *(特活)アフリカ日本協議会事務局長

アフリカ日本協議会(AJF)2013
HIV/AIDS 2013
グローバル・エイズ・アップデイト
Gender in Africa
アフリカの子ども
アフリカ障害者の10年
アフリカ開発会議(TICAD)
気候変動とアフリカ
アフリカと中国
アフリカとスポーツ
アフリカの食料・農業問題
アフリカの石油、資源
アフリカの保健・医療
アフリカのICT
ケニア共和国 Republic of Kenya 大統領選挙と騒乱
ソマリア海賊対策と自衛隊派遣問題
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※外務省ウェブサイトを基に、国名を表記しています。

○2007年までのニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 〜2007年
○2008年1月〜3月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2008年 1
○2008年4月〜6月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2008年 2
○2008年7月〜9月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2008年 3
○2008年10月〜12月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2008年 4
○2009年1月〜6月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2009年1月〜6月
○2009年7月〜9月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2009年7月〜9月
○2009年10月〜12月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2009年10月〜12月
○2010年1月〜3月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2010年1月〜3月
○2010年4月〜6月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2010年4月〜6月
○2010年7月〜9月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2010年7月〜9月
○2010年10月〜12月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2010年10月〜12月
○2011年1月〜3月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2011年1月〜3月
○2011年4月〜6月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2011年4月〜6月
○2011年7月〜9月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2011年7月〜9月
○2011年10月〜12月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2011年10月〜12月
○2012年1月〜3月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2012年1月〜3月
○2012年4月〜6月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2012年4月〜6月
○2012年7月〜9月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2012年7月〜9月
○2012年10月〜12月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2012年10月〜12月
○2013年1月〜3月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2013年1月〜3月
○2013年4月〜6月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2013年4月〜6月
○2013年7月〜9月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2013年7月〜9月
○2013年10月〜12月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2013年10月〜12月
○2014年1月〜3月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2014年1月〜3月

* 主としてアジア経済研究所の「障害と開発」メーリングリストで紹介された記事を収録しています。
  「障害と開発」メーリングリストについては、次のページをご覧下さい。
  アジア経済研究所 森壮也
◆2014/07/01 GhanaWeb Students call for interpreters for deaf patients in hospitals
◆2014/07/01 AllAfrica.com Africa: Focus On Disability - Delivering Mobile Phones' Promise
◆2014/07/02 Zambia Daily Mail Holistic support vital for disabled people
◆2014/07/02 Kenya Broadcasting Corporation Uhuru: Funding for people with disability to be increased next year
◆2014/07/02 The Swazi Observer Happy Valley sponsors Miss Deaf Africa
◆2014/07/02 The Standard Digital News Sh30 million drive to aid disabled flagged off
◆2014/07/02 The Independent Meriam Ibrahim: Sudanese apostasy woman says her baby is disabled because she was made to give birth in chains
◆2014/07/03 The Guardian Nigeria ‘Pistorius suffers disability stress, anxiety’
◆2014/07/03 Zee News Murder trial told disability made Pistorius feel vulnerable
◆2014/07/03 The Swazi Observer Miss Deaf 2nd Princess to compete in Miss Deaf Africa
◆2014/07/04 GhanaWeb NGO calls for support for the disabled
◆2014/07/04 AllAfrica.com Namibia: The Struggles of a Bright Disabled Learner
◆2014/07/05 DPI 話そう、語ろう、アフリカの障害の状況を!「アフリカ・日本交流セミナー」のご案内
◆2014/07/07 South African Broadcasting Corporation Special Olympics aims to celebrate intellectually disabled people
◆2014/07/07 AllAfrica.com Gambia: Fibank Presents Food Items to St. John's School for the Deaf
◆2014/07/09 The Swazi Observer South Africa confirms Miss Deaf Africa participation
◆2014/07/09 New Zimbabwe.com ConCourt allows disabled white farmer eviction
◆2014/07/10 Nehanda Radio ConCourt endorses eviction of disabled farmer
◆2014/07/10 AllAfrica.com Angola: Anda Chairman to Attend Disabled Persons General Assembly in Sao Tome
◆2014/07/10 Leadership Newspapers Nasarawa Sponsors 6 Deaf Persons For Leadership Training In The US
◆2014/07/10 AllAfrica.com Namibia: Deaf Association Concerned With Inadequate Services
◆2014/07/11 Namibian Deaf association concerned with inadequate services
◆2014/07/11 The Swazi Observer SNCAC suspends Miss Deaf pageant
◆2014/07/14 AllAfrica.com South A frica: Audio Books for KZN Visually Impaired
◆2014/07/15 The Swazi Observer Imbali Foundation defends Miss Deaf SD pageant
◆2014/07/15 AllAfrica.com Zambia: Disabled Zambians Needing HIV Services Face Discrimination-
◆2014/07/15 Human Rights Watch Witness: Deaf, and Shut Out from HIV Information
◆2014/07/15 AllAfrica.com Gambia: Deaf Scorpions Intensify Preparations Ahead of Africa Cup
◆2014/07/15 AllAfrica.com Malawi: In Malawi, Trying to Reach Deaf and Blind Community With HIV Messaging
◆2014/07/16 GhanaWeb Funds for disabled being disbursed to abled-bodied persons, MMDAs
◆2014/07/16 AllAfrica.com Tanzania: Mother's Burden of Raising Visually Impaired Children
◆2014/07/16 AllAfrica.com Gambia: Deaf Sport Seeks Support to Participate in ADFCN 2014
◆2014/07/16 The Point Deaf Sport seeks support to participate in ADFCN 2014
◆2014/07/17 GhanaWeb Disabled begging for money saddens me - Pozo Hayes
◆2014/07/19 Ghana News Agency Lady Julia supports School for the Deaf
◆2014/07/22 GhanaWeb Lady Julia supports School for the Deaf
◆2014/07/22 New Zimbabwe.com Prof fights primitive stigma about special needs children
◆2014/07/24 AllAfrica.com Gambia: Disabled Graduate Appeals for Support to Pursue Master's Degree in UK
◆2014/07/24 New Era Centre for visually impaired needs land
◆2014/07/25 AllAfrica.com Gambia Deaf Scorpions Solicits Support From Gambians
◆2014/07/26 The Swazi Observer ‘The deaf marginalised, tough to get Govt services’
◆2014/07/27 Citifmonline State School for the Deaf re-named
◆2014/07/31 Independent Online Vital op for deaf girl put off
◆2014/08/04 AllAfrica.com Zimbabwe: Give Free Education to the Disabled - Nyagura
◆2014/08/04 AllAfrica.com Tanzania: Special Secondary Schools for the Deaf Needed
◆2014/08/05 AllAfrica.com Tanzania: Disabled Plead for Friendly Infrastructure in Stadiums
◆2014/08/06 Zambia Daily Mail Addressing disabled could reduce poverty
◆2014/08/06 AllAfrica.com Uganda: Kibo Foundation to Help Uganda's Disabled Youth Attain ICT
◆2014/08/07 Sierra Express Media Grafton Disabled benefit from Ebola sensitization
◆2014/08/08 AllAfrica.com Ghana: Mobility Skills Training Workshop for Visually Impaired
◆2014/08/12 Onislam.net Deaf Muslims Struggle for Their Faith
◆2014/08/12 Mmegi Online Ndove to help the disabled
◆2014/08/13 AllAfrica.com Kenya: Persons With Disability in Bungoma Support for Referendum
◆2014/08/13 New Vision Disabled soldiers getting into sport
◆2014/08/13 Independent Online Trio hijack disabled man
◆2014/08/13 AllAfrica.com Malawi Govt Launches New Disability Directory
◆2014/08/14 AllAfrica.com Namibia: Poor Education Concerns Deaf Association
◆2014/08/14 Zambian Watchdog MMD is like a dead dog with ticks, says Nixon Chilangwa

【参考website】
■Child-friendly text of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Word/PDF)
http://www.unicef.org/voy/takeaction/takeaction_cfc_questionnaire.php
■International Rehabilitation Review, December 2007 - Vol. 56, No. 1, SPECIAL EDITION
(PDF)http://www.unicef.org/voy/takeaction/takeaction_cfc_questionnaire.php
(Word)http://www.riglobal.org/publications/RI_Review_2007_Dec_WORDversion.doc
■CBRトレーニングコースの情報
http://www.enablement.nl/(概要)
http://www.enablement.nl/pdf/newsletter6.pdf(コース関連や詳しい情報)
■アジア太平洋/中東/アフリカ地域における障害関連の資料(小説、論文等)のリスト
www.independentliving.org/docs7/miles200807.html(html)
www.independentliving.org/docs7/miles200807.pdf(pdf)
This annotated bibliography lists a selection of 130 novels, short stories, biographies, autobiographies, materials from philosophy, anthropology and folklore, and literary criticism, in which disability, deafness or mental disorders play some significant part, from East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa, available mostly in English or French.
■WHOから途上国の車椅子ユーザーのための新ガイドライン
http://www.who.int/disabilities/publications/technology/wheelchairguidelines/en/index.html
■世界ろうあ連盟の途上国を中心としたろう者の人権状況の世界的調査報告
http://www.wfdeaf.org/projects.html
■座談会「視覚障害者が高等教育機関で学ぶ スーダンと日本の経験を語る」(2007年8月9日)
http://www.arsvi.com/2000/070809.htm
■座談会「大学における視覚障害者支援の現状と課題 スーダンで今求められていること」(2008年6月21日)
http://www.arsvi.com/2000/080621.htm
■立命館大学生存学研究センター報告12「視覚障害学生支援技法 増補改訂版」
http://www.arsvi.com/b2010/1003as.htm
■GPDD(グローバル・パートナーシップ・フォー・ディスアビリティ・アンド・デヴェロップメント)
http://www.gpdd-online.org/
『障害と開発』分野の国際的なネットワークのウェブ・ページです。

【Related Sites】
○スーダン障害者教育支援の会 http://capeds.org
【参考図書】
○アフリカNOW 78号 特集:アフリカ障害者の10年〜アフリカの障害者の取り組みは今
2007年10月20日発行 一部500円(送料実費) 必要な方はAJF事務局こちらへ
内容
  • 座談会:視覚障害者が高等教育で学ぶ〜スーダンと日本の経験を語る
    モハマド・オマル・アブディン、青木慎太朗、星加良司、福地健太郎
  • 視覚障害者の情報保障の技術と課題 斉藤龍一郎
  • 後紛争国ルワンダにおける障害者の現状 曽田夏記
  • アフリカ障害者の10年 African decade of persons with disabilities 中西由紀子
  • 日本から「アフリカ障害者の10年」を支援する 宮本泰輔
  • アフリカの現場から〜ルワンダ On the spot in Africa / Rwanda 加藤悦子
  • 『見る・つくる・知る おしゃれなアフリカ』シリーズを完成して 白鳥くるみ
  • 書評:”Witness to AIDS” Book Review: “Witness to AIDS” 米良彰子
○アフリカNOW第83号 特集 アフリカにおける民主化の課題
「アフリカにおける民主化の課題」を特集したアフリカNOW第83号を発刊しました。

特集の内容は以下の通りです。
* アフリカにおける平和の定着と民主化の課題  武内進一
* ケニア:2007年選挙後暴力を裁く特別法廷の設置  永岡宏昌
* 【資料】ケニア選挙後暴力究明委員会報告(要旨)

「アフリカの現場から」では、ガーナでエイズ対策隊員としてろう学校でのエイ
ズ教育に取り組み、障害者の社会参加に関わる活動をしてきたAJF会員がレポー
トしています。

アフリカの現場から−ガーナにおける障害者の社会参加促進活動  南口美佳

また、アフリカを伝える新しい取り組みの紹介もあります。
* 「POP AFRICA アフリカの今にのる?!」参加して考えたこと  茂住衛
* 【映画紹介】エンタングル・イン・トーキョー パート1:罪の報酬  川田薫

○アフリカNOW第85号 特集 在日アフリカ人・コミュニティと共に生きる
2009年7月31日発行
頒価500円(+送料) 必要な方はAJF事務局(info@ajf.gr.jp)に連絡下さい

目次
特集1 在日アフリカ人・コミュニティと共に生きる
小島美佐さんに聞く 在日アフリカ人ファミリーとして誇りを持って生きてい
くために
報告:アフリカンキッズクラブのこれまでの実施イベント
在日アフリカ人コミュニティへのHIV/AIDS予防啓発活動に取り組んで 川田薫
特集2 アフリカの障害者と障害者運動の現状
The situation of disabled people in Zimbabwe by Alexander M. Phiri
翻訳:ジンバブエにおける障害者の現状/アレクサンダー・ピリさん紹介
The situation of youth with disabilities in Uganda by Aggrey Olweny
翻訳:ウガンダにおける障害を持つ若者の状況/アグレイ・オルウェニさん紹介
アフリカの現場から:ガーナ 小中学校における性教育とエイズ予防啓発 宮本
佐知子
書評:小倉充夫著「南部アフリカ社会の百年」 近藤帝
ひとつの結び目として・活動日誌 AJF事務局

○障害と開発 途上国の障害当事者と社会
森壮也編 アジア経済研究所

上記の本は、下記の研究会の報告書である。
http://www.ide.go.jp/Japanese/Research/Project/2006/429.html

本の巻末にテキスト・データの引換券が付いており、視覚障害者等のためのテキスト・データの提供もしている。

○『アジア経済 Vol.49, No.2』 「貧困のミクロ経済分析−貧困の罠を用いた文献理解」
伊藤成朗 ¥1,050 B5判 平均104頁 2008年2月

障害についても若干の言及がある他、エンタイトルメント不足を貧困の原因ととらえる視点から、
その解決策を経済学的に模索する論文です。

インターネットでは以下の箇所から注文できます。
http://www.ide.go.jp/Japanese/Publish/Ajia/

○アジア経済研究所叢書4 貧困削減戦略再考
- - 生計向上アプローチの可能性 - -

山形辰史編 ¥4,620円(本体 4,400円 + 税5%) A5判 280頁 2008年3月27日 [amazon]

この本の元になった研究会は、以下のものです。
http://www.ide.go.jp/Japanese/Research/Project/2006/421.html

インターネットでは以下の箇所からも注文できます。
http://www.iwanami.co.jp/.BOOKS/00/6/0099730.html
http://www.7andy.jp/books/detail?accd=32042401
http://item.rakuten.co.jp/book/5543197/

アフリカと政治 紛争と貧困とジェンダー 改訂版
戸田真紀子著 お著の水書房 2,400円+税 2013年9月 [amazon]


天理大学の戸田さんが、新著「アフリカと政治 紛争と貧困とジェンダー」を送ってくれました。
「わたしたちがアフリカを学ぶ理由」とのサブ・タイトルも付された本は、内容がもりだくさんで、論じられている事象や地域についてなじみがない人にはちょっととっつきにくいかなと感じました。
ケニアの女性が立ち上げて運営するママ・ハニ孤児院を紹介する終章「立ち上がる草の根の人々とその声」、次いであやうく「姦通罪」への処罰としての石打ち刑で殺されるところであったアミナ・ラワルさんが直面したナイジェリアの政治情勢を分析する第7章「女性だけが背負う重荷」と読み進め、そこで論じられている問題を読み解くために他の章を読むという読み方がありそうだなと思いました。

序章 アフリカを勉強する10の理由
第1部 アフリカの「民族紛争」の神話と現実
 第1章 アフリカの「民族」とは何か
 第2章 アフリカの民族紛争の「神話」
 第3章 突出する紛争犠牲者
 第4章 選挙民主主義が紛争を生み出す矛盾
 第5章 ナイジェリアの宗教紛争
第2部 ジェンダーから見るアフリカ
 第6章 アフリカの女性と「人間の安全保障」
 第7章 女性だけが背負う重荷
終章 立ち上がる草の根の人々とその声

序章のコラム、アフリカ援助に要する資金が全世界の軍事費の20分の1にすぎないことを紹介する註、そして債務問題がアフリカの子どもたちから未来を奪っていることを告発する記述で、参照されているスティーブン・ルイスの著作もぜひ一読してください。

Race Against Time: Searching for Hope in AIDS-Ravaged Africa
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/0887847536/ryospage03-22

○立命館大学生存学研究センター報告6「視覚障害学生支援技法」
2007年8月の東大先端研で、2008年6月に立命館大学でスーダン人の視覚障害学生を
交えて行った座談会をもとに、僕(斉藤龍一郎さん)が書いた「スーダンと日本、障害当事者による
支援の可能性」も収録されています。

目次、入手方法が以下にあります。
送料実費で頒布しているものですので、一読して活用していただけるとうれしい
です。
 
http://www.arsvi.com/b2000/0902as.htm

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Students call for interpreters for deaf patients in hospitals

GhanaWeb

Students of the School for the Deaf in Wa in the Upper West Region have called for the provision of interpreters at various health facilities to enable deaf patients relate their problems to medical personnel.

They said that was necessary to make it easy for such patients to communicate their health problems to health officials, to enable them to obtain quality health care.

They made the call at the celebration of this year’s African Union (AU) Day of the African Child, which was attended by students from four basic schools; namely, the Saint Andrews, T.I. Ahmadiyya, School for the Deaf and the Model Junior High School.

Carrying placards, some of which read: "We Need Better Education”, "Education Makes Our Future Bright”. "Free Relevant and Compulsory Education for Children in Africa"; “Free and Quality Education for All Children in Africa"; "We Need a Library in Our School" and “Parents, Teachers Help Children to Be Educated In Africa", they marched through the principal streets of Wa and later converged on the School for the Deaf.

The event was sponsored by Plan Ghana in collaboration with the Department of Children, and had the theme: "A Child-friendly, Quality, Free and Compulsory Education for all Children in Africa".

In a communique read on behalf of the students, Miss Ivy Kpankpari, a second-year student of Wa Model JHS, spoke about the inadequate infrastructure in the various schools, which posed a serious challenge to academic work and appealed to the government for assistance.

In his keynote address, the outgoing Upper West Regional Minister, Mr Bede Ziedeng, said education was the foundation of a child’s development and stressed that practices such as child trafficking and child labour should be addressed to promote the rights of children.

He said children who migrated to the southern part of the country in search of non-existent jobs became drug addicts and were impregnated prematurely.

He stressed that it was the responsibility of parents and teachers to teach their children their “culture and values to give them a sense of identity and confidence”.

In her welcoming address, Mrs Abobo Siddique, acting Regional Director of the Department of Children noted that despite the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE), the introduction of Capitation Grant and School Feeding Programme, meant to boost school enrolment, a number of school-age children in the region were still at home and urged all stakeholders in the education sector to help address the problem.

She also appealed to school authorities to allow girls who became pregnant while they were still in school to continue their education.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/regional/artikel.php?ID=314751




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Africa: Focus On Disability - Delivering Mobile Phones' Promise

AllAfrica.com-
BY SUE COE, 1 JULY 2014

The Guardian recently reported on Africa's embrace of mobile phone technologies and how, according to research by Swedish technology firm Ericsson, internet use on mobile phones is likely to increase 20-fold across the continent in the next five years. That's double the growth rate expected in the rest of the world.

Basic mobile phones - and now smartphones - side-step the notorious problems of establishing landlines and bring multiple benefits to hundreds of millions of people in Africa. These include access to services and life-saving information.

If handled well, the rise of mobiles is a brilliant opportunity to accelerate inclusion into different aspects of life for millions of disabled people on the continent - just as it is anticipated to benefit enormous numbers of non-disabled people living in poverty.

Among other things, mobiles give access to life-saving health information, local market information, money transfer services from urban to rural areas and enable all-important contact with family and community. In contrast, unless mobile phone firms explicitly build disability accessibility into the 'DNA' of their product design and dissemination, disabled people will be further excluded from the move out of poverty that all on the continent desire.

Ensuring that mobile phone technologies are accessible to people of all impairment groups will also fulfil the legal obligations that 37 African counties have made through their ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) - specifically Article 9. [2] At least seven more countries are also expected to ratify the convention soon.

Guidelines on how to make mobile phones accessible for different impairment groups have been documented and established. [3,4] However, smartphone accessibility is still evolving.

And it's clear from the lack of accessible design and apps to date that smartphone designers need to be more intentional about ensuring their products can be used by all, according to impairment-specific needs. [5,6] Ensuring all technology development is "'fit-for-purpose"' is crucial. As governments are called to account for how well they are implementing their CRPD obligations, the mobile phone industry will face ever-growing requirements to ensure they comply.

Of course, accessible mobile technologies alone will not achieve the inclusion of disabled people in business, education, health and community life. Other barriers need addressing, such as discriminatory attitudes and prohibitive laws and policies. For example, first-generation mobile phone handsets have been brilliant for deaf people - but only if they are literate and can use text messaging. This opens up big questions about ensuring deaf children are taught to be literate. Many do not make it to the school gates because of the huge discriminatory attitude barriers they face.

Mobile technologies will continue to flood through Africa - the tide will not turn back. Technology designers and promoters should grasp this golden opportunity to ensure it realises the inclusion of disabled people in accessing life-saving services and improving life quality.

Sue Coe has worked in international development for 25 years across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Now a development and disability inclusion consultant, she previously worked for World Vision, Practical Action (formerly ITDG), VSO and Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID). Sue can be contacted at suecoe2603@gmail.com

References

[1] David Smith Internet use on mobile phones in Africa predicted to increase 20-fold (The Guardian, 5 June 2014)

[2] UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN, 2006)

[3] Nirmita Narasimhan and others Making mobile phones and services accessible for persons with disabilities (International Telecommunication Union and G3ict, August 2012)

[4] Stuart Dredge Accessibility is vitally important for people with disabilities and older mobile users (The Guardian, 23 November 2011)

[5] Kate Accessibility on mobile: what do brands and developers need to do? (Future Platforms, 29 April 2014)

[6] Achieving independence with smartphone technology (Living Well With a Disability, accessed 26 June 2014)

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201407021235.html




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Holistic support vital for disabled people

Zambia Daily Mail-
Written by Online Editor

With proper support, disabled people can live normal lives. With proper support, disabled people can live normal lives.

BY NOAH MANDA

IT IS important to help people with disabilities to reach their full potential and become valued contributors to their communities while helping reduce the shame and misunderstanding surrounding disability.

Imagine being invisible for a day.

You could play all sorts of tricks on people. But being invisible all the time would be no fun at all. You’d never be chosen to make a sports team, never get to answer a question in school and never be invited to a party. That’s the kind of sad and lonely life that many people in continents like Africa live just because they have a disability. Sometimes, their families are too poor to afford special care, or they live too far away from hospitals or clinics, or didn’t realise that help was available that could really make a difference. But thanks to people like Tikondane, many people with disabilities in Zambia are no longer invisible.

Tikondane works for CAREDISA (Christian Action Research and Education on Disability Media Centre). He is the ideal person to run programmes for people living with disability. When he was three years old, he caught a disease called polio, which can leave its victims unable to walk or even totally paralysed. Tikondane was lucky. His parents made sure he got the treatment he needed, even though they could hardly afford it. They had to travel long distances to take him to hospital by bus. The family had to sell their farmland to pay for medicine. And for 15 months, Tikondane and his mother moved to live in another town (Ndola) to be closer to Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital where he received medical attention, leaving his sisters and father at their home village in Lundazi district.

It was a huge sacrifice, but it meant that Tikondane is today able to walk with the help of crutches. He is very thankful for all his parents did. ib As a result of his experience, Tikondane has great compassion for people with disabilities and is passionate about helping them improve their lives. His vision is to see every person with a disability in Zambia attending school and learning the skills they need to earn their own income so they don’t need to be dependent on anyone else.

In his work with CAREDISA, Tikondane brings groups of people with disabilities together to talk about their common problems and to come up with possible solutions. He helps train people in activities that will help them earn an income such as basic radio and TV repairs or raising chickens, linking them with savings and credit organisations.

Life for many people with disabilities can be improved with the right care, either corrective surgery or walking aids such as crutches. Tikondane assists in the process, helping match the right person with the right care. Many persons with disabilities need assistance and support to achieve a good quality of life and to participate in social and economic activities on an equal basis with others. Across the world, most of the help and support services are provided informally by family members or social networks.

While informal care is invaluable, it is sometimes unavailable, inadequate or insufficient. Formal provision of assistance and support services, by contrast, is insufficient, especially in low-income economies: state supply of services is generally underdeveloped, not-for-profit organisations have limited coverage and private markets rarely offer enough support to meet the needs of people with disabilities. A multitude of stakeholders have roles in ensuring that adequate assistance and support services are accessible to persons with disabilities. Government’s role is to ensure equal access to services.

Service users and disabled peoples’ organisations and other organisations should increase awareness, lobby for the introduction of services, participate in policy development and monitor implementation of policies and service provision. The author is an advocate for the rights of the disabled.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/index.php/features/item/5629-holistic-support-vital-for-disabled-people




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Uhuru: Funding for people with disability to be increased next year

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-
July 2, 2014
By PSCU

The Government will scale up its support to persons with disability, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

He said since 2009, the National Fund for the Disabled of Kenya has been receiving a grant of Kshs 100 million from the Government annually to help persons with disability countrywide.

The Government will increase the funding in the 2015-2016 budget.

“I personally and the Government will do everything possible to support the work of the Fund,” President Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta was speaking Wednesday at State House, Nairobi, when he received the National Fund for the Disabled of Kenya’s annual audit reports.

The reports presented by the Fund’s Board of Trustees Chairperson Kristina Pratt were the Audited Financial Report, schedule of the individual and institution beneficiaries for 2013/2014, report on monitoring and evaluation of the Fund’s donation programmes, strategic plan, profile of the Fund and the Board Charter.

The President said the Government will place people with disability at the centre of the country’s development.

He cited the allocation of 30 percent Government procurement and the cash transfer to people with disability as some of the initiatives put in place to support them.

During the occasion, President Kenyatta was given a plaque and officially welcomed to the Fund as its patron. The President also presented two members of the Fund’s Board of Trustees - Ramadhan Haji Abass and Mike Kiswili - with the Order of Burning Spear for their distinguished service to the nation.

The other members of the Fund’s Board of Trustees who attended the meeting were Senator David Musila, Mr. Nicholas Biwott, Prof. Julia Ojiambo, Mrs. Margaret Mwangola and Mr. Peter Nyakiamo.

Labour, Social Security and Services Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi commended the Fund for conducting its activities transparently.

He said the Ministry has identified 10 acres in Nairobi to be allocated to the Fund to boost its work for the people with disability.

Ms Pratt said the Fund’s programmes include giving people with disability equipment to enable them engage in income generating activities, giving grants to institutions and construction of classes for them, among other projects.

She said individuals and institutions that benefit from the Fund and the successful applicants are picked across the country.

In the last five years, the Fund has spent over Kshs 421 million on people with disability, Ms Pratt said.

“The National Government Administration, in conjunction with the Gender and Social Development officers, endorses the applications and give recommendations. The duly filled forms are then forwarded to us by the Deputy County Commissioners,” the Fund’s Chairperson said.

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http://www.kbc.co.ke/?p=25390




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Happy Valley sponsors Miss Deaf Africa

The Swazi Observer
02/07/2014 03:00:00By Samukelisiwe Ginindza

imagePAMPERED: Miss Deaf 2012/13 Vuyisile Masangane flanked by her princesses.

The Happy Valley Resort has offered bed and breakfast for three days for the Miss Deaf Africa winners to be hosted by Swaziland in September.

The three rooms will be won by Miss Deaf Africa and her two princesses.

This was announced at the Miss Deaf Africa launch by the hotel’s General Manager Luigi Rosi.

The event was graced by Princess Sikhanyiso, who is the Miss Deaf Swaziland patron and Miss Deaf Africa Director Maria Sivertsen , Deputy Prime Minister Paul Dlamini, Minister of Sports Culture and Youth Affairs David Ngcamphalala amongst others.

Rosi stated that they took beauty pageants seriously and the Miss Deaf Africa competition to be held in the country was a positive move.

“It is everyone’s social responsibility to try and put Swaziland in the international platform and we have to give what we can to see that dream becoming a reality”, he said.
He also mentioned that having Princess Sikhanyiso and Miss Deaf Africa Director Maria Sivertsen at their hotel was an honour.
“As a hotel, we are looking forward to possible hosting the finals in September and accommodating some of the guests who will attend the event,” Rosi said.

Miss Deaf Swaziland Co-Director Nokuthula Mbatha in her words stated how amazed she was by the hospitality that Happy Valley Hotel gave them.

Gratitude

“I personally thank management and staff for such a gesture, words fails me in expressing my gratitude”, she said.
She further thanked the Swaziland Royal Police for escorting Miss Deaf Africa… from the border and within the country, as she felt so special with the treatment she received.

“I would also like to thank National Commissioner of police Isaac Maga-gula, as our guest felt honoured and confident that Swaziland would host Miss Deaf Africa with ease”, she stated.
She also stated that Maria, who is also her Co-Director will not keep her mouth shut about the hospitality
Mbatha further stated that she is working hard and focusing on the Miss Deaf Africa to be hosted by the country, because she wanted the head quarters of Miss Deaf Africa to be in Swaziland, as the Kingdom deserves that honour.

“Just as the head quarters of Miss Africa is in Ghana, the head-quarters of Miss Deaf Africa will be in Swaziland and as soon as I achieve that I will take a break, before moving into deeper waters’, she stated.

The country’s deaf youth will be entertainers of the day and they will get the opportunity to showcase their other abilities within them, besides pageants.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.observer.org.sz/the-scene/63540-happy-valley-sponsors-miss-deaf-africa.html




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Sh30 million drive to aid disabled flagged off

The Standard Digital News-
By Lonah Kibet Updated Wednesday, July 2nd 2014 at 22:51 GMT +3

Benson Kiptum, Nairobi co-ordinator for Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya, speaks Wednesday as the campaign to distribute supportive devices for the disabled to 10 counties was flagged off.

[Photo: Mbugua Kibera/Standard] Nairobi, Kenya: Kenya Reinsurance Corporation (Kenya Re) Wednesday flagged off the distribution of 465 supportive devices for the disabled as part of the first consignment in the 2014 “Niko Fiti ? Ability Beyond Disability” campaign.

The devices to be distributed to 10 counties starting Friday include 174 tricycles, 131 wheelchairs, 90 special seats and 45 pairs of crutches.

The 2014 campaign that will cost Sh30 million is the fourth Niko Fiti annual exercise.

The first leg will last four days and will benefit adults and children with disabilities in Kisii, Kisumu, Busia, Migori, Vihiga, Bungoma, Kakamega, Homa Bay, Nyamira and Nakuru counties.

The areas were identified to have the highest incidence of disability.

The largest distribution will go to the residents of Busia County who will receive 245 of the devices.

The caravan in the second leg will travel to the Mt Kenya and Eastern regions in September.

Niko Fiti is a project by Kenya Re in partnership with the Standard Group and the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK).

Speaking Wednesday during the flagging off ceremony held at Kenya Reinsurance Plaza, the corporation’s Managing Director Jadiah Mwarania said the campaign offers both physical and emotional support.

“The campaign has rekindled hope and enhanced productivity of over 700 Kenyans from different counties.

It has enabled them go through life with minimal dependency,” said Mr Mwarania.

Standard Group Ltd Business Development and Innovation Director Francis Munywoki, standing in for CEO Sam Shollei, reassured that the media house was fully committed to the cause.

He added that the group had increased its contribution to Sh12 million up from last year’s Sh8 million.

APDK founder and national chairman Moody Awori called on the public to avoid preventable causes of disability.

Last year, over 500 devices were distributed to deserving cases in different parts of the country in three phases.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000126815/sh30-million-drive-to-aid-disabled-flagged-off




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Meriam Ibrahim: Sudanese apostasy woman says her baby is disabled because she was made to give birth in chains

The Independent-

The 27-year-old says doctors have told her they do not know if her newborn daughter will ever be able to walk after her ordeal

ADAM WITHNALL Author Biography Wednesday 02 July 2014

The Sudanese woman who was forced to give birth in jail with her legs in chains because she would not renounce her Christian faith says her baby has been born disabled as a result of her treatment.

Meriam Ibrahim’s case sparked international outrage after she was sentenced to death for “apostasy” and imprisoned while heavily pregnant with her second child.

When the 27-year-old went into labour she was refused access to a hospital, instead placed on a table with her legs still shackled.

Speaking for the first time about the ordeal on 27 May, she told CNN: “I was only thinking about my children and how I was going to give birth. I was most scared of giving birth in prison.

“I gave birth chained,” she said. “Not cuffs but chains on my legs. I couldn't even open my legs so the women had to lift me off the table.”

In this file image from an undated video Meriam Ibrahim, sitting next to her 18-month-old son Martin, holds her newborn baby girl as an NGO visits her in a room at a prison in Khartoum In this file image from an undated video Meriam Ibrahim, sitting next to her 18-month-old son Martin, holds her newborn baby girl as an NGO visits her in a room at a prison in Khartoum Ms Ibrahim said that doctors had told her the circumstances of her birth and treatment in prison meant her daughter had been left physically disabled, with potentially long-lasting consequences.

“Something has happened to the baby,” she said. “I don't know in the future whether she'll need support to walk or not.”

Ms Ibrahim remains in limbo at the US embassy in Sudan, after the authorities stopped her leaving the country over charges travel documents provided to her, her husband and two children were “forged”.

She told CNN: “How can my paperwork be wrong? My paperwork came from the embassy. It's 100 per cent correct and it was approved by the South Sudan ambassador and the American ambassador.”

While in prison, Ms Ibrahim said she was abused and harassed by guards and other inmates over her faith, and visited by a series of different sheikhs trying to persuade her to convert. Meriam Ibrahim was later detained trying to flee Sudan Meriam Ibrahim was later detained trying to flee Sudan

Despite being brought up a Christian, a court in Sudan determined that she was actually a Muslim because her father was a Muslim. It therefore ruled it illegal for her to marry her Christian husband Daniel Wani under Sudanese laws.

Meriam Ibrahim with her husband Daniel Wani Meriam Ibrahim with her husband Daniel Wani US officials say diplomats are now trying to arrange for Ms Ibrahim and her family to depart from Sudan.

Mr Wani, who holds American citizenship as well as being a citizen of South Sudan, said authorities accused his wife of forging the documents as a pretext to justify her detention “without an arrest warrant”.

“Does it make sense that we try to fly all the way to the United States with forged passports?” he said. They were arrested and detained for two days at Khartoum airport where the family was departing the country, a day after Sudan's Cassation Court overturned a death sentence against Ms Ibrahim and ordered her release.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/meriam-ibrahim-sudanese-apostasy-woman-says-her-baby-is-disabled-because-she-was-made-to-give-birth-in-chains-9578495.html




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‘Pistorius suffers disability stress, anxiety’

The Guardian Nigeria
Thursday, 03 July 2014 11:10 Written by BBC
Category: World

SOUTH African double amputee, Oscar Pistorius, has been greatly affected by his disability, a sports doctor has told his murder trial.

Wayne Derman told the court in Pretoria that the Paralympian suffered "significant stress and anxiety".

Pistorius says he shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, after mistaking her for an intruder in their house last year.

The prosecution argues that he killed her deliberately after a row.

At issue is the athlete's state of mind at the time of the shooting.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://ngrguardiannews.com/news/world-news/169160-pistorius-suffers-disability-stress-anxiety




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Murder trial told disability made Pistorius feel vulnerable

Zee News
Last Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014, 20:55

Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius`s defence sought on Thursday to show the double-amputee sprinter feels highly vulnerable and acted out of fear not anger when he shot dead his girlfriend.

Pistorius has a "split personality", defence lawyer Kenny Oldwadge told the court. There are "two Oscars", he said -- a world-class athlete and a highly vulnerable individual with a serious disability.

Lawyers defending the 27-year-old on charges that he deliberately shot and killed model Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine`s Day last year are calling their final witnesses.

Medical expert Wayne Derman testified that Pistorius, known as the Blade Runner for his j-shaped prosthetic limbs, was not always the fearless superhero depicted in sports advertisements.

"Although he loathes to be pitied in any way, the hard truth is that he does not have lower legs," said Derman, chief medical officer of the South African Paralympic Team at the London Olympic Games in 2012.

"You`ve got a paradox," he said, "Of an individual who is supremely able and an individual who is significantly disabled."

During five months of the stop-start trial, Pistorius`s lawyers have sought to portray him as manically obsessed with safety after a difficult childhood with a mother who intermittently abused alcohol and in the face of high crime levels in South Africa.

Those factors, they argue, help explain his reaction on Valentine`s Day last year when shot dead his girlfriend, a 29-year-old model and law graduate, through a locked toilet door, allegedly convinced she was an intruder.Derman, who has known Pistorius for six years, testified that the runner is conditioned to "react through auditory stimulus" a result of training to starter pistols fired at the beginning of athletic races.

The expert witness, expected to be the last before the defence concludes its case, said it was Pistorius`s unusual "startle magnitude" that "culminated in this horrific tragedy."

Prosecutors claim Pistorius killed Steenkamp following a row, arguing that neighbours living close to him heard a woman screaming the night he shot the model.

"Not even Mr Pistorius perceived the attack by a burglar on the night to be linked to his disability," said Nel, beginning a tough cross-examination of Derman.

The witness, who Nel accused of bias in favour of Pistorius, was argumentative and indignant on the stand, at times refusing to answer questions.

The Olympian, who has appeared tired throughout the day, cracked a grin with his defence team during tea break.

He then turned to the first row of the public gallery where he greeted two American tourists in court with a polite handshake and a smile, saying "thank you" for their messages of support.

Pistorius faces up to 25 years in South Africa`s brutal jails and an abrupt end to his glittering sporting career if convicted. AFP

First Published: Thursday, July 03, 2014, 20:55

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://zeenews.india.com/sports/others/murder-trial-told-disability-made-pistorius-feel-vulnerable_790797.html




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Miss Deaf 2nd Princess to compete in Miss Deaf Africa

The Swazi Observer
03/07/2014 03:00:00By Samukelisiwe Ginindza

imageTo represent: Miss Deaf Second Princess Nelisiwe Dlamini.

Miss Deaf Second Princess Nelisiwe Dlamini will represent the country during the Miss Deaf Africa contest which will be held in the kingdom in September.

Dlamini who is currently studying at the National Institute of the Deaf, in Cape Town South Africa will take the former queen Vuyisile Masangane’s place.

Masangane had dropped out as she gave birth to a baby boy over five months ago.

Dlamini took up the scholarship offer which was initially meant for the former queen.

The Miss Deaf Swaziland Director Nokuthula Mbatha stated that she had immense confidence in Dlamini as she is well exposed, had travelled abroad and was educated, adding she would be a perfect Swaziland representative.
“I am very happy that her mother has so much confidence in me with her child and has supported me throughout the hard times I have been through,” she added.
Drawn for comment, Dlamini’s mother Busi Motsa stated that she was lost for words as God had blessed her through the child her community frowned upon, due to her disability.

Grace

“I cannot thank God enough because after He gave me a child with a disability I had to accept that and now He is showing me His grace through the same child. I also thank Princess Sikhanyiso for taking interest in my child and Nokuthula for always staying humbled and taking care of Nelly,” she said. She also mentioned that her dream now was to see her child graduate in college as well as represent the country and be a good example to other children living with disabilities that life still goes on.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.observer.org.sz/the-scene/63567-miss-deaf-2nd-princess-to-compete-in-miss-deaf-africa.html




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NGO calls for support for the disabled

GhanaWeb

Mr. Cephas Torkornoo, the founder of Positive Ideas International Foundation (PIIF) has called for support for people with disability. He called for vocational training for people with disability to enable them fend for themselves rather than begging.

Mr Torkornoo said people with disability must be given the opportunity to work in public institutions to boost their confidence. Mr. Torkornoo was speaking at a free medical outreach programme organized by his foundation at Oyoko and surrounding communities.

He urged his fellow disable people to desist from begging on the streets and go into skills training to make them relevant to the nation. He appealed to other non-governmental organization, individuals, institutions and organizations to assist Vivian Brentum Afriyie, a seven -year-old girl who is blind, deaf, dump and cripple for her to have access to education.

Nana Adjei Boateng the Member of Parliament for New Juaben North, called on Ghanaians to undertake regular health screening. He said more emphasis needed to be placed on how to prevent ailments and appealed to government to structure the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to cover regular free health screening.

Nana Boateng appealed to telecommunication companies to channel some of their resources to support such programs that would benefit the deprived. Ms Deborah Tayo Akakpo, the Corporate Social Responsibility Manager of Tigo, said her outfit is very grateful to be part of the exercise.

The participants were screened for diabetes, malaria, breast cancer, HIV Testing and Counselling, eye test, instant HB monitor with free medication

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/regional/artikel.php?ID=315351




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Namibia: The Struggles of a Bright Disabled Learner

AllAfrica.com-
4 JULY 2014

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Helvy Shaanika Ondangwa - When seated in the classroom Seline Antonio looks like any other Grade 6 learners but once she stands up, her physical disability reflects the harsh reality faced by this 12-year-old on a daily basis.

Because of her disability teachers at Shinime ShIivula Primary School in Ondangwa are afraid that this bright learner may not be able to finish her education because her unemployed mother cannot afford a wheelchair.

"She cannot even use a toilet at school or get to the morning assembly or to the water tap which is less that 10 metres from her class. These places are simply too far for her. It takes her a long time to walk a few metres because of her condition," explains Johanna Amutati, a Grade 6 teacher at the school.

Amutati describes Antonio as one of her brightest learners but her future looks bleak - if nobody comes to her rescue. This term alone she managed only to attend 15 days and was marked absent for 20 days.

Antonio's mother is unemployed and ever since her parents broke up, her father, who used to support the family, also stopped offering a helping hand, according to Julia Paulu, Antonio's elder sister. Teachers said they have noticed that there are days when Seline Antonio walks home by herself, and sometimes gets dropped off at school with a wheelbarrow.

"Learners knock off at 14h00 but I met her a few times around 16h00 still trying to walk home and she has to cross a busy road on her own. It is just a dangerous situation because in this world of today, people are evil; anything can happen to her, she can even get raped while walking alone. But if she had a wheelchair other learners can help push her, she won't even have to miss school because her classmates are very fond of her," said another teacher at the school.

Relating her life to New Era, Antonio said her mother told her that she was born and grew up like any other normal child, until she turned two. Her legs allegedly started losing strength and at the age of three and she stopped walking.

When she started school, she was able to walk to school with clutches but lately, this has become very difficult as her body weight has become too heavy for her to carry with clutches. She does not use the toilet at school because the toilets are at least 200 metres from her classroom are just too far. And when she needs to drink, she sometimes sends Aune Uugulu, who is her best friend and desk mate to bring her some water.

She gets around the classroom and her home by crawling, which gave her bruises on her legs.

"All I need is a wheelchair so that I can come to school, even when there is no taxi money. Now the situation has become worse because we have moved from the house (shack) where we used to live and moved to another area which is further and where we don't get taxis. If we do not get a taxi passing nearby then I cannot go to school," she explains.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201407060056.html




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話そう、語ろう、アフリカの障害の状況を!「アフリカ・日本交流セミナー」のご案内

この度、国際協力機構(JICA)の研修員受入事業として、
アフリカ諸国(南アフリカ、スーダン、マラウイ、モザンビーク、
セーシェル)から障害者リーダーと障害分野の行政官が障害者の研修
「アフリカ地域 障害者の自立生活とメインストリーミング」のため
来日されます。今年度もアフリカの障害者のおかれた状況をふまえ
今後のアフリカ開発について考える場として、「アフリカ・日本交流
セミナー」を開催することとなりました。彼/彼女らを囲んで、
障害者をめぐるアフリカの課題について語り合いましょう。

午前の部では、アフリカにおける国際協力に尽力してこられたJICAの
畝(たんぼ)上級審議役より、障害者支援について講演頂き、その後
当研修の研修員より自国における障害者の現状と課題について報告
して頂きます。午後の部では3つの分科会に分かれて各テーマで
議論を深めていただく予定です。障害をもつ仲間の生の声を聞き、
彼らの生活を知るよい機会です。また、障害分野担当の行政官から
アフリカの障害者施策が聞ける機会でもあります。皆様のご参加を
心よりお待ちしております。


日 時:7月5日(土) 10:00〜16:00 (9:30〜受付開始)

場 所:JICA東京国際センター(TIC) 
    〒151-0066 東京都渋谷区西原2-49-5

締 切:6月26日(木) 

言 語:英語(日英通訳付)、手話通訳、文字通訳あり

参加費:500円(昼食代)

主 催:独立行政法人 国際協力機構(JICA)
    特定非営利活動法人 DPI日本会議
協 力:ヒューマンケア協会
後 援:特定非営利活動法人 アフリカ日本協議会

参加申込み:氏名、所属団体、メールアドレス等ご連絡先
情報アクセスの有無(手話、文字通訳、点字、拡大資料等)、
タイトルに「アフリカ・日本交流セミナー」と明記の上、
DPI日本会議までEメール(office_en@dpi-japan.org)または
FAX(03-5282-0017)にてお申し込み下さい。
DPI日本会議(担当:田丸、堀場、落合)

<会場案内>
JICA東京国際センター(TIC)
〒151-0066 東京都渋谷区西原2-49-5
Tel:03-3485-7051 Fax:03-3485-7904

<最寄り駅>
京王新線 幡ヶ谷駅下車(南口出口)徒歩8分
地下鉄千代田線 代々木上原下車(西口出口)徒歩12分

<プログラム>
10:00 開会あいさつ
10:05 主催者あいさつ
10:10 「日本のアフリカ外交と障害者支援」
    畝伊智朗JICA上級審議役
10:50 研修員1名「アフリカにおける障害者の現状」
12:00 昼食
13:00 分科会
分科会@ 「インクルーシブ教育の推進」 ファシリテーター:山崎恵氏
分科会A 「重度障害者と自立生活」 ファシリテーター:福田暁子氏
分科会B 「移動の権利とアクセシビリティ」 ファシリテーター:伊藤秀樹氏



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Gambia: Fibank Presents Food Items to St. John's School for the Deaf

AllAfrica.com
BY ALIEU BOBB, 7 JULY 2014

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FiBank Tuesday presented food items to St. John's School for the Deaf at a ceremony held at the school grounds in Kanifing.

The donated items were 15 bags of rice, 2 bags of onions, 6 pots of tomatoes and 5 bottles of 5liter oil.

Speaking at the presentation, the Principal of St. John's School for the Deaf, Daniel J. Mendy, said St. John's was the only school of its kind, which had been meeting the need of deaf children in The Gambia.

He said presently they have over 256 deaf children that are really deaf and many a time they come out to moderate the affected and they are referred back to the main school where they continue their education with the necessary support.

As a result of their efforts, he added, the school presently has a nursery component, primary component, primary post, junior and even senior component in Grade 10 and 11.

He said that in 1978, the founder of the school started as a missionary who wanted to support one deaf child to communicate verbally but later people in the vicinity knew about his effort and started bringing their own children and the number increased to 26.

According to Mr Mendy, in 1982 the government allocated the land for the school to be created so the number kept increasing and currently they have 256 students.

He said their areas of concern are many as they have feeding to battle with and are also aware that World Food Programme has been really supportive, together with the Gambia government.

He said they are also witnessing another support from FiBank who had presented numerous items to the school to support them.

He said their other concern is transportation as they are running three different buses from Brikama to Sukuta, Lamin, Banjulinding and Tabokoto, which cost them a lot.

He urged all citizens and non-citizens to support them, adding that he appreciated FiBank for their gesture.

Pa Ousman Njie, FIBank General Manager, Institutional Banking, said they were at the school to lend a hand to St. John's School for the Deaf, adding that they were very grateful to the school for opening their doors to them and allowing them to give a token back to the society.

Mr Njie added that they have seen the school and understood some of their problems, noting that at FiBank they could assure them that they do not only come to listen to them but to make sure they partner with them from that day onward.

"This is the only school of its kind in the country and we are very honoured to associate ourselves with them going forward," he concluded.

Honorary Life President of the Parent Teachers Association of St. John's School for the Deaf, Amadou Touray, described FiBank's gesture as worthy, because they were thinking of writing to institutions to come to their aid and help them with items such as rice, oil, onions, and potatoes.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201407071672.html




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Special Olympics aims to celebrate intellectually disabled people

South African Broadcasting Corporation
Monday 7 July 2014 11:30
SABC

The city of Pietermaritzburg is hosting approximately 450 Special Olympics athletes from all over South Africa participating in five sporting codes.(SABC)

TAGS:
Igna SteynMmane BoikanyoLos AngelesPietermaritzburgSpecial Olympics

Special Olympics CEO Igna Steyn says the objective of their programme is to give intellectually disabled people a chance to shine.

Speaking on Morning Live, Steyn says they are concentrating on adults and children with intellectual disabilities.

The city of Pietermaritzburg is hosting approximately 450 Special Olympics athletes from all over South Africa participating in five sporting codes.

Marketing and Communications Manager Mmane Boikanyo says another aim of these Special Olympics games is to celebrate the intellectually disabled people. - Edited by Tshepiso Moche

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/b7bf730044a3d7a8aed5bf69be1f1b5a/Special-Olympics-aims-to-celebrate-intellectually-disabled-people




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Zimbabwe: Senators Fight for Rights of the Disabled

AllAfrica.com-
BY VENERANDA LANGA, 7 JULY 2014

An accident in a hotel bathtub opened Senator representing people living with disabilities Annah Shiri to the realities of the unfriendly nature of most infrastructures in Zimbabwe to people with disabilities.

According to Shiri, who lost a leg through a traffic accident more than a decade ago, the accident caused her to sprain her neck.

The MP who lives in the Midlands province has to travel weekly to Harare to attend Senate sittings and during the duration of Parliamentary sittings she is booked at a hotel in Harare.

Shiri, in her capacity as legislator representing people living with disabilities on Thursday introduced a motion on accessibility of social amenities by persons with disabilities.

She said most buildings in Zimbabwe were not accessible to the disabled, making them vulnerable and denying them rights of free movement like other citizens.

Shiri said while the new constitution provided for the rights and privileges of people with physical or mental disabilities, government had been unable to fulfil that mandate or to take measures that ensured that social amenities as well as buildings were accessible to the disabled constituency.

"The amenities in hotels are not user-friendly and I will give an example of what happened to me a few months ago when I had a minor accident in a hotel tub and I ended up spraining my neck," said Shiri.

"The showers at most hotels are not disability friendly and the tubs do not have proper equipment to support a disabled person."

According to Shiri, there were only a few institutions in the country that had facilities to cater for persons with disabilities -- one of them being the Parliament of Zimbabwe which managed to build ramps to enable people on wheelchairs to go up and down stairs without assistance.

She argued it was imperative for public places such as banks, churches, public libraries, museums, holiday resorts to ensure there was equipment and facilities to assist people living with disabilities to access their services without having to be assisted by able-bodied people.

"Most buildings in the country do not have elevators, and those which have them do not have them serviced resulting in most having last functioned many years ago, making it difficult for people on wheelchairs or crutches to access those places.

"They have no choice and have to access such places with the assistance of their relatives who end up carrying them, which itself is a burden. We also want to be independent and not burden our relatives," she said.

Schools are some of the places which also needed to be constructed in a disability-friendly manner to ensure children living with disabilities are able to access them, she said.

"Children with disabilities in this country have to go to their own special schools, which in some instances are very expensive and as a result they end up not attaining basic primary education, which is a fundamental right, according to the supreme law of the land.

"It is important that the Government put measures and policies in place to ensure that children with disabilities access the same schools that those without disabilities go to.

"So there is need to put infrastructure and equipment in place to accommodate children with disabilities. There are a few schools in this country that have ramps for wheelchairs, yet it is not something expensive to put in place. This in itself is one step towards embracing those with disabilities."

She said workplaces should also be accessible to people living with disabilities.

"Workplaces should accommodate persons living with disabilities so that they become independent and not rely on other people to help them out. There should be a clause in the country's laws to compel companies to incorporate persons with disabilities in their programmes because most of them are highly educated yet they are struggling," she said.

In her arguments, Shiri said accessibility should also be understood to include sign language and manuals at workplaces, instructions and electronic information, accessibility to persons with visual impairment as well as for persons with intellectual disability.

For example, persons with hearing impairment might miss information pertaining to sounds like fire alarms, whistles or sirens, while people with visual impairment might miss flashing lights and other warning signs.

"All the ministries should ensure that in their planning process, they take into cognisance that there are persons with disabilities who need to be mainstreamed into that planning," Shiri said.

Another senator representing people living with disabilities, Nyamayabo Mashavakure said the problem with the constitution was that it was crafted by lawyers who themselves did not have disabilities.

Mashavakure is a senator living with visual impairment and is a qualified high school teacher who attained educational qualifications up to Masters' degree level.

"People that are mentally disturbed have problems and serious challenges when they want to access legal services and they end up being taken advantage of.

Mashavakure said although some people living with disabilities were allocated land during the land distribution programme, there was need to support them with inputs.

"The only people that need to be taken care of by government are the aged or orphans; if people have a disability which enables them to perform chores and empower themselves, a suitable environment should be created to enable them to do that."

He said other countries had placement officials that were responsible for employment of people living with disabilities and then allocated jobs to them according to their abilities.

"It has been realised that there are some institutions and individuals who do not feel that they can employ people living with disabilities. These placement officers will explain to the employer that this person has this ability, and is able to perform such chores. We are appealing to the government of Zimbabwe to create a post for a placement officer," Mashavakure said.

Section 22 of the new charter stipulates that all institutions and agencies of government at every level must recognise the rights of persons with physical or mental disabilities, in particular the right to be treated with respect and dignity.

It also stipulates that resources should be made available to them to enable them to achieve their full potential and minimise their disadvantages.

The constitution also stipulates that the state must take appropriate measures to ensure that buildings and amenities to which the public has access are also accessible to persons with disabilities.

However, in as much as the constitution stipulates that people living with disabilities should be supported by government, it also puts conditions that it would be done whenever resources were available.

"In the constitution, when they talk about people living with disabilities, it is said, 'when the resources are available'. This means that if the resources are not available, people living with disabilities can be ignored but we feel that plans should be put in place so that when funds are available developmental plans for people with disabilities are implemented," Mashavakure said.

He said social amenities such as public toilets should be kept clean so that whenever people with disabilities wanted to use them, they will not be susceptible to diseases and other unhealthy inconveniences.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201407080333.html




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South Africa confirms Miss Deaf Africa participation

The Swazi Observer
09/07/2014 03:00:00By Samukelisiwe Ginindza

imageTHANKFUL: Miss Deaf Africa’s Nokuthula Mbatha.

South Africa has confirmed its participation at the upcoming Miss Deaf Africa pageant which will be hosted in the country at the end of September.

Miss Deaf South Africa Director Leonarda Elizabeth confirmed, adding that the neighbouring country will be represented by their current queen Lefa Manamela.

It was previously alleged that there was misunderstanding between Miss Deaf Africa and South Africa directors but it was all swept under the carpet after the directors met to discuss and settle their disputes.
Miss Deaf Africa’s Nokuthula Mbatha announced that they are above country pageants and people should not confuse Miss Deaf Africa with Miss Deaf Swaziland.

Recognition

“We seemed like rivals, wanting to step into the glow of Miss Deaf and that was corrected as we clarified to them why our recognition was superior. We are the big sister pageant as we work with the whole continent of Africa to achieve the purpose of better livelihood for the deaf young women of Africa,” she explained.
She also stated that it was only after they acknowledged their position that they gained all the necessary respect from Miss Deaf SA and now they have a very close relationship, working shoulder to shoulder with respect.

Mbatha further expressed gratitude to Miss Deaf South Africa organisers, adding that it shows the great support Miss Deaf Africa is receiving from other African countries. “We thank the Miss Deaf SA participitation, as it will mean more competition for the people contesting for the crown,” she went on to say.

According to Mbatha, Miss Deaf Africa emphasises in the education and grooming of deaf independent young women and it works closely with Gender Links which is a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) dealing with gender equality.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.observer.org.sz/the-scene/63773-south-africa-confirms-miss-deaf-africa-participation.html




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ConCourt allows disabled white farmer eviction

New Zimbabwe.com
09/07/2014 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

White farmer's appeal had no legal merit ... Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku

THE Constitutional Court Tuesday upheld the eviction of a white commercial farmer in Masvingo’s south eastern Mwenezi district under the country’s controversial land acquisition programme.

Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, sitting with the full bench of the ConCourt, agreed with the State’s submissions that no rights had been breached by the notice to compulsorily acquire William Stander’s Benjani Ranch farm.

In his application to the country’s highest court double amputee, Stander, argued that the government was in breach of the constitution as it would deprive him of his only source of livelihood.

“Seeking to deprive such a disabled person of his only source of livelihood clearly infringes on the constitutional guarantees provided under section 83 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

“One of the questions is whether seeking the accused’s eviction without paying him compensation for improvements amounts to unlawful deprivation of property in terms of section 72 (3) (a) and (b) of the current Constitution and the entitlement to compensation for improvements in section 295 (3) and (4),” Stander said in his submission.

The farmer added that instead, the government should, at the very least, pay him compensation for the farm’s seizure.
“The state is therefore not in a legal position to prosecute accused or seek his eviction before it complies with the law by ensuring that he enjoys his protection by giving him compensation.

“In the circumstances, seeking to evict a person who has not been paid compensation to enable him to secure alternative accommodation renders him homeless, takes away his dignity and violates his rights not to be treated in an inhuman and degrading way,” Stander said.

But in dismissing the application, Chidyausiku said Strander’s plea had no legal merit.

“Application is dismissed as it has no merits and reasons for judgement will be given in due course,” said the chief justice.
>From the Prosecutor General’s office, Fortunate Kachidza, said the law had been followed to the letter and no human right had been trashed.

“There was no infringement of the applicant’s rights. According to Section 3 of the Constitution, every former farm owner whose land would have been gazetted for acquisition shall cease to occupy land; he or she should vacate ... there is no exemption for disabled persons,” Kachidza argued.

“Anybody seeking eviction must remove him or herself from the farm and Section 295 provides for compensation. It is clear that the applicant has not done anything that warrants compensation. If he wants compensation he should vacate forthwith.”

The state prosecutor said Stander had resisted eviction adding the fact that the new owner had approached the courts for redress showed the spirit of the law that prevailed around the acquisition.

“On the right to human dignity, right to life…nothing has been infringed upon,” said Kachidza.
“The new owner of the farm approached the courts after the applicant refused to vacate the premises … doing so he respected his dignity. Therefore the applicant must be dismissed as it has no merit.”

【付記1】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.newzimbabwe.com/news-16661-ConCourt+OKs+disabled+white+farmer+eviction/news.aspx


【付記2】ジンバブェ憲法の第83条
http://www.parlzim.gov.zw/attachments/article/56/constitution.pdf
83 Rights of persons with disabilities
The State must take appropliate measures. within the limits of the resources available to it, to ensure that persons with disabilities realise their full mental and physical potential. including measures-

(a) to enable them ro become self reliant;
(b) to enable them to live with their families and participate in social, creative or recreational activities:
(c) to protect them from all forms of exploitation and ahuse;
(d) to give them access to medical. psychological and functional treatment:
(e) to provide special racilities for their education; and
(f) to provide State-funded education and training \Vhere they need it.



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ConCourt endorses eviction of disabled farmer

Nehanda Radio
Jul 10, 2014 Crimes & Courts, Farming, News 0
By Mthulisi Mathuthu

A week after President Mugabe ordered the removal of the last remaining white farmers from their properties the Constitutional Court has allowed the eviction of a disabled Masvingo commercial farmer under the government’s land grab exercise.

Godfrey Chidyausiku

Led by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku the court agreed with the state that William Stander’s rights were not breached by the order that he vacate his Mwenezi-based Benjani Farm.

Stander, who is a double amputee, wanted the court to stop his eviction which he said would deprive him of his only source of livelihood and was in breach of his constitutional rights.

The farmer argued that the state was ‘not in a legal position to prosecute or seek his eviction before it complies with the law by ensuring that he enjoys his protection by giving him compensation.’ Stander also said his eviction without compensation would render him ‘homeless’ and ‘take away his dignity.’

But Mugabe’s favorite lawyer and land grab beneficiary, Justice Chidyausiku and his team, dismissed Stander’s application saying it has ‘no merits and reasons of judgment will be given in due course.’

This was after the prosecution argued that every farmer whose land had been gazzetted for seizure must oblige and there was ‘no exemption for disabled persons.’

Prosecutor Fortunate Kachidza said if Stander wants compensation he must first vacate his ranch which was awarded to district administrator Stanley Chamisa, who was has previously been fined for assaulting the disabled farmer over the same property.

Dispossessed farmer and human rights activist Ben Freeth said the development was ‘sad.’ He added: ‘The Constitution, where there was hope that fundamental rights would be upheld, says that we have got no rights at all and this is a very sad reflection of where we are in Zimbabwe right now.’

He added: ‘The pronouncement by Mugabe a week ago that the few remaining farmers must be removed from the farms has now been boosted by this ruling which says we cannot approach the court.’

Freeth said in terms of Zimbabwe there was ‘nowhere else to turn’ and the farmers could only consider international law where chances for attaining justice were also minimal.

He said: ‘The great sadness is that the SADC Tribunal, which we relied, on has been disbanded and so that option is now closed to us. The other option is the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, but it is a lengthy process and takes years to complete. A third option is the UN Human Rights Committee but Zimbabwe has not signed the protocol meaning we as individuals don’t have the right to approach it.’

In 2010 Justice Chidyausiku, who was awarded Estes Park farm in the Concession district, dismissed an application for a moratorium on farm seizures, effectively allowing the often deadly exercise to go ahead.

Chidyausiku, who replaced Justice Anthony Gubbay in 2001 (who was forced to take early retirement) is one of the more than 10 Supreme and High Court judges who benefitted from the controversial land grab exercise. SW Radio Africa

- See more at: http://nehandaradio.com/2014/07/10/concourt-endorses-eviction-disabled-farmer/#sthash.zavLySBK.dpuf

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://nehandaradio.com/2014/07/10/concourt-endorses-eviction-disabled-farmer/




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Angola: Anda Chairman to Attend Disabled Persons General Assembly in Sao Tome

AllAfrica.com-
10 JULY 2014

Luanda - The chairman of the Angolan Disabled Persons National Association (ANDA), Silva Lopes Etiambulo, will participate on 11-12 July, in Sao Tome e Principe, in the General Assembly of Disabled Persons of that country.

Silva Etiambulo will participate in this meeting as member of the World Association of Persons with Disabilities and as part of the existing cooperation process since 1998, between ANDA and the Sao Tomean organisation, signed during the first assembly of CPLP association.

Speaking to ANGOP on Thursday, before his trip to the archipelago, the official informed that he will use the opportunity to transmit the experience of his organisation.

He said, moreover, that ANDA and the Sao Tome National Association of Persons with Disability have friendship ties since 1993, when they were established.

He is also to transmit institutional support and inform the actions that have been developed in Angola to improve the living conditions of people with disabilities.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201407101497.html




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Nasarawa Sponsors 6 Deaf Persons For Leadership Training In The US

Leadership Newspapers-
Donatus Nadi
July 10, 2014

Nasarawa State government has concluded arrangements to sponsor six persons to this year’s Grassroots International Leadership Training for the Deaf to be held this month in Washington D.C, USA.

Addressing the contingent in Government House, Lafia, Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura expressed his administration’s commitment towards ensuring that those living with disability are given fair opportunities to realize their potentials in life.

He stressed that it is in the same spirit that his administration has undertaken the construction of special schools for those living with disability in the state, noting further that the state government is also partnering with renown specialized institutions in the United Sates towards ensuring that that his drive towards the provision of education is wholesome and without segregation.

The spokesperson for the delegation Mallam A. Hudu expressed gratitude to the Nasarawa state governor for his tireless efforts towards supporting persons living with disabilities.

He commended Governor Almakura for supporting six well educated, deaf indigenes of Nasarawa State to participate in the yearly Grassroots Advocacy International Leadership Training in the USA, stating that this would be the second time the state would participate in the international event for the deaf, with the first being in 2013 when two persons were billed to participate but only one made it due to Visa issues.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://leadership.ng/news/377424/nasarawa-sponsors-6-deaf-persons-leadership-training-us




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Deaf association concerned with inadequate services

Namibian
By Jordaania Andima
Paul Nanyeni, David Namwandi

THE Namibian National Association of the Deaf (NNAD) has expressed concern at government’s failure to ensure there are enough qualified sign language interpreters in the country.
The association raised its concerns during a meeting with Prime Minister Hage Geingob yesterday which was also attended by officials from several ministries.

NNAD executive national chairperson Paul Nanyeni said the association had tried numerous times last year to contact the ministries of education, finance and health regarding the lack of services but they did not get any response.

Nanyeni said failure to provide qualified sign language interpreters had resulted in many deaf people depending on unqualified interpreters who sometimes distorted the messages resulting in misunderstanding between them and other service providers like the health sector and the police.
“Services rendered to those people living with disabilities are poor. The education system does not allow deaf people to go beyond Grade 10 and as a result most of them cannot get jobs,” he said.
Education minister David Namwandi, who attended the meeting, however said some of the claims made by the association were not entirely true.
Namwandi said although services for disabled people need to be improved, his ministry is doing everything possible to help people living with disabilities, especially regarding the introduction of sign language at educational institutions and public schools.
“The truth must be told and the truth is, the situation is not as bad as they portray it to be,” he said. “It looks like we are locking them outside but that is not true. We don’t want information that is not true going out there.”

Deputy director in the division of special programmes and schools, Lisony Kahikuata said teachers had no background in sign language but they are now being trained on its use.

“Yes, it is true teachers had no background on sign language. However, they are now being trained,” she said, adding that institutions of higher learning like the University of Namibia are also offering master’s degree programme in early child education and onsite training on disabilities.

Kahikuata said the ministry is also offering sex education classes to deaf pupils and is busy training taxi drivers basic sign language.
Lizette Beukes, from the Centre for Communication and Deaf Studies (CCDS), said although universities do not offer interpreter classes, the Centre for Deaf Education in Namibia has courses that are recognised by Cambridge University.
“Sign language at the centre is credited by Cambridge and we provide training and education to deaf people.”

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Namibia: Deaf Association Concerned With Inadequate Services

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10 JULY 2014

THE Namibian National Association of the Deaf (NNAD) has expressed concern at government's failure to ensure there are enough qualified sign language interpreters in the country.

The association raised its concerns during a meeting with Prime Minister Hage Geingob yesterday which was also attended by officials from several ministries.

NNAD executive national chairperson Paul Nanyeni said the association had tried numerous times last year to contact the ministries of education, finance and health regarding the lack of services but they did not get any response.

Nanyeni said failure to provide qualified sign language interpreters had resulted in many deaf people depending on unqualified interpreters who sometimes distorted the messages resulting in misunderstanding between them and other service providers like the health sector and the police.

"Services rendered to those people living with disabilities are poor. The education system does not allow deaf people to go beyond Grade 10 and as a result most of them cannot get jobs," he said.

Education minister David Namwandi, who attended the meeting, however said some of the claims made by the association were not entirely true.

Namwandi said although services for disabled people need to be improved, his ministry is doing everything possible to help people living with disabilities, especially regarding the introduction of sign language at educational institutions and public schools.

"The truth must be told and the truth is, the situation is not as bad as they portray it to be," he said. "It looks like we are locking them outside but that is not true. We don't want information that is not true going out there."

Deputy director in the division of special programmes and schools, Lisony Kahikuata said teachers had no background in sign language but they are now being trained on its use.

"Yes, it is true teachers had no background on sign language. However, they are now being trained," she said, adding that institutions of higher learning like the University of Namibia are also offering master's degree programme in early child education and onsite training on disabilities.

Kahikuata said the ministry is also offering sex education classes to deaf pupils and is busy training taxi drivers basic sign language.

Lizette Beukes, from the Centre for Communication and Deaf Studies (CCDS), said although universities do not offer interpreter classes, the Centre for Deaf Education in Namibia has courses that are recognised by Cambridge University.

"Sign language at the centre is credited by Cambridge and we provide training and education to deaf people."

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SNCAC suspends Miss Deaf pageant

The Swazi Observer-
11/07/2014 03:00:00by Samukelisiwe Ginindza

imageSNCAC CEO Stanley Dlamini

...due to alleged mismanagement of sponsors

The Swaziland National Council of Arts and Culture (SNCAC) CEO Stanley Dlamini threw the Miss Deaf Swaziland pageant under the bus.

This was with his statement during the official launch of Miss Cultural Heritage on Wednesday at The George Hotel.

Dlamini unequivocally announced that the Miss Deaf Swaziland pageant was suspended from SNCAC due to mismanagement of sponsors, adding that sponsors should donate to the pageant at their own risk.
“The arts and culture office oversees Miss Swaziland, Miss Teen Swaziland, Miss cultural Heritage, Mr Swaziland, Miss Tourism and anyone I have not mentioned is a con.
We know and recognise the directors and they are honest, that is why we are eager to sign their contracts again and again, look carefully at their faces to avoid being conned”, he added.

gathering

He further told the gathering that the beauty pageant directors present during the event are upstanding citizens.

“These beauty pageant directors present here today are honest, they give sponsors to the rightful winners as it is, I am very proud of their honesty and urge them to make us walk together”, he went on to say.

comment

When drawn for comment, Nokthula Mbatha, who was reinstated into the role as the Miss Deaf Swaziland pageant Director by the deaf community of Swaziland at first refused to comment on these allegations.

However, she later said, “Miss Deaf Swaziland is under the Imbali Foundation which is under Princess Sikhanyiso. I don’t have the of power to comment on the allegations made by the SNCAC CEO but the Imbali Executive will respond.”

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South A frica: Audio Books for KZN Visually Impaired

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14 JULY 2014

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Pretoria - Twenty nine visually impaired people, in Pietermaritzburg, have been given Victor Readers, also known as audio book players, to help them better access information.

The move is part of on-going efforts by the KwaZulu-Natal Arts and Culture Department to assist the province's visually impaired community.

R1 million has been set aside for the mini libraries project which aims to promote a culture of reading among the visually impaired.

Content is preloaded for the users and librarians monitor them every three months. The devices are portable and work like a cellphone, using headphones to feedback the audio.

The information has been collected and converted by tertiary students assisting the programme.

Beneficiaries of the project are selected through research conducted by The National Blind Society and district municipalities, in conjunction with the provincial department.

Officials will continue conducting visits to communities across the province to add more names to the department's database.

The department, which opened seven mini libraries in various districts across KZN last year, will open another seven in 2014.

Each of these facilities will have a document reader, also known as a DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) machine. The machine can read the content of any document or newspaper that is placed on it.

Mandla Ntombela, the Chief Librarian at the Bessie Head Library which is in the Msunduzi Municipality, has expressed his confidence in the project. "This project will improve the lives of many visually impaired people living in KwaZulu-Natal as it will afford them the opportunity to better themselves by furthering their education and keeping informed of what is happening in the province, country and world at large," said provincial Arts and Culture MEC Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha.

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Imbali Foundation defends Miss Deaf SD pageant

The Swazi Observer
15/07/2014 03:01:00
By Samukelisiwe Ginindza

Imbali Foundation has defended the Miss Deaf Swaziland pageants amidst mismanagement of sponsors’ allegations levelled by the Swaziland National Council of Arts and Culture (SNCAC) CEO Stanley Dlamini.

Dlamini made these damning statements during the recent official launch of the Miss Cultural Heritage pageant at The George Hotel on Wednesday.

He spoke ill of the pageant, stating that it was suspended from the SNCAC beacuse of mismanagement of sponsors, saying sponsors should donate to the pageant at their own risk.

Dlamini told the gathering that the arts and culture office oversees Miss Swaziland, Miss Teen Swaziland, Miss Cultural Heritage and Miss Tourism.

“Anyone I have not mentioned is a con. We know and recognise the directors and they are honest, that is why we are eager to sign their contracts again and again, look carefully at their faces to avoid being conned,” he said.

He told the gathering that the beauty pageant directors present during the event were upstanding citizens.

Honest

“These beauty pageant directors present here today are honest, they give back sponsors to the rightful winners as it is, I am very proud of their honesty and I urge them to make us walk together,” the SNCAC CEO said.

Coincidentally, Nokuthula Mbatha who was reinstated into the role as the Miss Deaf Swaziland pageant director by the deaf community of Swaziland wasn’t present during the event.

The Imbali Foundation, which is now the overseer of the pageant and whose patron is Princess Sikhanyiso, was drawn for comment on these allegations made by the SNCAC CEO.

Investigation

Imbali Foundation Principal Secretary Prince Makhosonkhe stated that a proper investigation was conducted before the foundation took the pageant under its wings.

He added that the Miss Deaf SD pageant was honest in its dealings.

Prince Makhosonkhe also stated that the foundation was not in the business of engaging in public battles, and would, therefore, make an appointment with the CEO to establish how he reached these conclusions.

Approached

“Miss Deaf Swaziland approa-ched us as an organisation with the Swaziland Deaf Assoc-iation and with a thorough investigation, which proved otherwise, we welcomed them with open hands as they had a strong leadership and were honest, we trust the organisation and cannot single out the pageant or one individual,” he stated.

Mbatha stated she had never doubted her innocence and therefore, she was not bothered with such allegations. Entertain

She pointed out that she would not entertain any questions in relation to these allegations other than the proceedings of the upcoming Miss Deaf Africa competition to be held in the country in September.

“Let us respect our leaders and not let our personal grudges destroy us as we are under the monarch,” she further added.

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Zambia: Disabled Zambians Needing HIV Services Face Discrimination-

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BY KATIE NGUYEN, 15 JULY 2014

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In Zambia, where disability is often considered a punishment inflicted by evil spirits, nearly one million people with disabilities are struggling to access HIV prevention or testing services or treatment, a rights group said.

Yet these people may be more vulnerable to HIV infection than others because of lower levels of education and literacy, greater poverty and greater risk of physical and sexual abuse, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

"Across the continuum of care - from education to testing to treatment - people with disabilities in Zambia face hurdle after hurdle," said Rashmi Chopra, the author of the report, 'We Are Also Dying of AIDS': Barriers to HIV Services and Treatment for Persons with Disabilities in Zambia.

More than one in 10 adult Zambians are living with HIV, and a similar number live with a disability, the report said.

The southern African nation has made progress in expanding HIV prevention and treatment services over the past 10 years, boosting the number of HIV counselling and testing centres to 1,800 in 2013 from 56 in 2001, HRW said.

It also noted that between 2005 and 2013, the number of adults and children on antiretroviral therapy or ART, the drugs that keep HIV from replicating in the body, rose to 580,118 from 57,164.

But people with disabilities are being left behind in Zambia's response to HIV due to stigma and discrimination.

Part of the problem is that people with disabilities are often viewed as asexual or lacking the same right to marry and have children as others, HRW said.

"When you go for VCT (voluntary HIV counselling and testing), you are looked up and down, people say, 'Why should you be in the line? Who would give you HIV?'" Yvone, a Zambian woman with a physical disability, was quoted as saying. "They don't expect disabled women to be sexually active."

The report, released ahead of an international conference on AIDS in Melbourne, also outlined problems encountered by specific groups.

Dominic Vwalya said condom use was difficult for blind people. "A blind person probably relies on their partner to help with using a condom. I can do it by feeling, but I'm not going to see whether it is damaged. The expiry date can be a problem. The one selling might give you the expired ones," he was quoted as saying.

Lidia said many deaf people were forced to rely on friends or family members to help them communicate with health workers, putting the confidentiality of their conversation at risk.

"Even if the interpreter is a friend of a family member, information spreads quickly ... If it's the wife (who has gone to a health centre), the husband will know quickly," HRW quoted her as saying.

Editing by Tim Pearce; timothy.pearce@thomsonreuters.com

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Witness: Deaf, and Shut Out from HIV Information

Human Rights Watch
JULY 15, 2014

A health worker administers a voluntary HIV test at Chreso Ministries VCT (Voluntary Counseling & Testing) and ART (Anti Retroviral Treatment) Centre in Lusaka.
c 2014 Justin Purefoy for Human Rights Watch

Faith learned she was HIV positive two years ago, after giving birth to her daughter. The Zambian government prides itself on its HIV prevention outreach, and every pregnant woman is supposed to be tested for the virus, to prevent passing it on to their babies. But Faith, now 25, is deaf, and was never tested before the baby was born. Nor did she receive even basic information about HIV.

If people who are deaf don't bring their own sign language interpreter to health clinics, they are unlikely to get information. Even when they do, they are often greeted with stares by other patients and negative attitudes from some health workers. Now, Faith is on HIV treatment, but it’s a struggle. Her 2-year old daughter is positive too, which might have been prevented if Faith had been tested before the baby arrived.

An estimated two million people with disabilities in Zambia face significant barriers to HIV prevention, testing, and treatment, according to a new Human Rights Watch report, “We Are Also Dying of AIDS.” Zambia is a regional leader in providing HIV services.

Yet because people with disabilities in Zambia are often seen as not engaging in sex, they are often excluded from community gatherings where government workers or nongovernmental organizations hand out condoms or educate people about the virus. Children with disabilities are less likely to attend school, where HIV is discussed, and many schools don’t offer the information in accessible formats, like large print or braille. Some disabilities, like deafness, are associated with witchcraft, which leads to additional discrimination in their communities.

And while there are significant barriers to treatment and prevention, people with disabilities in Zambia are more vulnerable than others to contracting HIV because of lower education and literacy levels, greater poverty, and greater risks of physical and sexual abuse.

When Faith first met the Human Rights Watch fellow Rashmi Chopra, she stared ahead with a blank expression, preferring to let her mother answer questions. It was only when someone placed Faith’s daughter in her arms that she smiled. She had so much vibrancy, and she spent so much time hiding it.

As a child, Faith was sent to a school with a special education unit for the deaf, but she dropped out in 4th or 5th grade when her family, who lived in Zambia’s Copperbelt province, could no longer afford the transportation cost. She never fully learned formal sign language, making communication difficult. Faith communicates using traditional signs, made up by her family, combined with formal sign language. She relies on her brother to help her communicate with health workers.

When Faith spoke of her husband, she didn’t call him by name, instead referring to “the father of my baby.” Faith’s husband berates and belittles her. He is often away from home, so Faith’s family has stepped in to help her raise the baby. When Faith asked her husband if he’d been tested for HIV, he wouldn't tell her. Yet Faith wants a relationship with her husband, and she wants her community to see that she is in a relationship.

While many women in Zambia have similar problems, women with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to abuse and abandonment since they are often dependent on others for care and support. Men who choose to be with a woman with a disability may also be stigmatized by their community.

When Faith was pregnant, she did not get any pre-natal care so she wasn ’t tested for HIV. She doesn’t like going to her local clinic because of the way people look at her when she is signing. “I feel it, people are staring at me and pointing at me,” she said. “I don’t like coming here.” While Faith wants another child, some healthcare workers have told her she should not have any more because she is unable to take care of her child properly because she is deaf. This attitude alone could deter her from seeking necessary medical treatment.

Today, Faith is receiving more help. Her pastor put her in contact with an organization for people with disabilities, which serves deaf people. The organization is working to see if the clinic Faith visits for HIV treatments could support her with a sign-language interpreter, a big step. With each step such as this Faith and others like her can finally realize their equal right to health.

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Gambia: Deaf Scorpions Intensify Preparations Ahead of Africa Cup

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BY ARFANG MS CAMARA, 15 JULY 2014

The Gambia's participation at the Africa Deaf Football Competition to be held in the Togolese capital Lome, continues to gather pace as the team intensifies preparations ahead of the historic competition.

The three-week tournament that will be held between the 4th and 25th October of this year in the West African country will be the first time that a Gambian team is participating in, at continental level.

The country's participation was confirmed through an invitation sent to The Gambia Deaf Football Association. Having left Gambians in awe with the talents at their disposal at local level, the Association under the leadership of its president, Lamin Ceesay is hoping to bring more joy to their supporters at the international level.

However, as the team continues preparations ahead of the tournament, one stumbling block that looks to threaten their participation is the lack of adequate resources. Ceesay is hopeful that with the country currently suspended from all categories of football competitions, the hopes of every Gambian for silverware in football lies on his team.

He also expressed delight in taking part in the first ever Africa deaf football competition, noting that with only two months before the campaign begins, he would like to take all the players to camp to better prepare for the competition, provided the funds are available.

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Malawi: In Malawi, Trying to Reach Deaf and Blind Community With HIV Messaging

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BY OWEN NYAKA, 15 JULY 2014

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Tailoring outreach to people with disabilities a goal for advocates under NFM

HIV activists in Malawi are beginning a new collaboration with advocates for people with disabilities to ensure that HIV prevention messages are reaching even those who cannot see or hear.

According to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, around 1% of most African country's populations are deaf or blind. In Malawi, this amounts to roughly 25,000 people who are active members of their communities, engaging in the same kinds of behaviors that can increase the risk of HIV infection.

The president of the African Federation of the Deaf-Blind, Ezekiel Kumwenda, told Aidspan that HIV prevention efforts have until now failed to integrate messaging specifically targeting the blind or deaf.

"This gap therefore creates an unfortunate window within our communities through which the country may find that the gains in HIV and AIDS interventions are getting reversed," Kumwenda said.

With a recorded prevalence rate of 10.8 percent for adults aged 15-49, and 50,000 new cases of HIV registered annually, Malawi is considered a high-burden country by the Global Fund. The National AIDS Commission has never recorded prevalence among the population of people with disabilities, but according to Kunwenda, HIV prevalence is higher, at 14 %, than among the general population.

This can be attributed to a wholesale lack of understanding and awareness about HIV within the population because it has never been packaged in a way that is easily accessible, he said.

"Don't leave the disabled behind. How can condoms be used effectively by people who cannot see or hear?" he asked. "If someone can read instructions for you, then it means you have no privacy. Why don't manufacturers put expiry dates in Braille in condom packets?"

Other challenges include the difficulty of accessing HIV and AIDS service centres, while noting that there are few counselors who are fluent in sign language who can reach deaf clients.

According to the 2009 Malawi National Association of the Deaf (MANAD) Baseline Survey, about 47 percent of the respondents revealed that they have never been reached with any message about HIV and AIDS.

MANAD executive director Byson Chimenya told Aidspan that though Malawi has had some success in reducing its prevalence rate due to targeted interventions for youth, married couples and other key populations, the deaf community has been left behind.

"This has been aggravated due to lack of appropriate forms of information dissemination for deaf people. Most service providers do not have requisite communication skills to liaise with the deaf," Chimenya said through a sign-language interpreter.

Reaching people with disabilities is not a problem unique to Malawi, Chimenya said, noting that a comprehensive initiative developing messaging in Braille for behavior change and advocacy campaigns, and supporting training in sign language for voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) counselors would be useful the world over.

Conducting HIV and AIDS awareness through focus group discussions among deaf people, training deaf people to become VCT counselors and finding effective ways to promote condom use for people who cannot see or hear will require resources, innovative approaches and a global commitment to including all people in prevention and safer sex messaging.

MANAD has been a sub-recipient of Global Fund grant money since June 2013. Chimenya said that he is working closely with the NAC and other HIV stakeholders to ensure that the country's concept note for allocations available under the new funding model (NFM) includes provisions for activities targeting people with disabilities.

One activity that could potentially find support is a project proposed in early 2014 that was shelved for want of funds. The project would target five districts in Malawi with a prevention campaign specifically designed to reach deaf and blind populations with condom promotion and distribution, and counseling services that accommodate their disabilities.

The project, with a price tag of roughly $65,000 would also train existing VCT counselors in international sign language in the five districts so that the hearing impaired and the deaf could access VCT services through public facilities.

Owen Nyaka lives in Malawi and is a member of the Key Correspondents network which focuses on marginalized groups affected by HIV, to report the health and human rights stories that matter to them. The network is supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

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Funds for disabled being disbursed to abled-bodied persons, MMDAs

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Funds meant to alleviate poverty among persons with disability (PWDs) appear to be fodder for business for some able-bodied persons, TV3 has gathered.

Municipal, Metropolitan and District Assemblies (MMDAs) are also said to be borrowing from these funds though they are enjoined by law to commit 2 per cent of their respective common funds to aid the cause of the disabled, particularly those not in the formal sector.

The "illegal" action was first brought to the attention of TV3 by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SEND Ghana, Siapha Kamara.

“In some districts, there are persons who are not disabled but are given funds that are meant for the disabled,” he confided in our correspondent.

This was later confirmed by an Advocacy Officer at the Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD), Isaac Tuggu, who blamed the situation on the “ mischievous” attitude of some Ghanaians.

“We are aware,” Mr Tuggu told TV3’s Sandra Esinam Afenu.

“We have received reports. You know sometimes [with] human behavior every system would want to be abused. I think it is because of this attitude that is why some people are being mischievous and trying to bring in people who are not PWDs but actually benefitting.”

An officer at the Accra Rehabilitation Center was, however, worried the situation persists because persons with disabilities have not been made signatories to the funds.

“The major problem is that the account is not made available to the Fund Management Committee.”

Disability Council's challenges

TV3 gathers that for the past year though the MMDAs have received their common funds, the 2 per cent meant for the PWDs have not been made available.

The Disability Council, which is mandated to oversee the welfare of PWDs, our correspondent observes, has its own challenges to grapple with.

“We have problem with staffing,” Mr Tuggu, who also works for the Council, said. “There are so many areas that we are unable to cover because we don’t have the personnel.”

He noted that apart from the Executive Secretary of the Council, there are only two permanent staff.

One is in charge of sports and the other in charge of programmes, he said.

“We don’t have officers in both the regions and the districts and it is actually affecting monitoring.”

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Tanzania: Mother's Burden of Raising Visually Impaired Children

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BY ISSA YUSSUF, 16 JULY 2014

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Zanzibar - IT is not easy to draw a picture of a child who is visually impaired but is eager to attend school and play with other children. But Ms Mwaka Juma Mussa (43), caring for five such children of her own has a different story.

Her struggle to raise the children involves making sure that they never miss school and have enough time to play.

Mwaka looks pooped, but stable in her house partly roofed with coconut leaves and loose iron sheets. It was lunch time and her young visually impaired son was demanding something to eat.

The mother and other family members are observing the Holy Month of Ramadhan.

The mother was just planning of what to cook for Iftar (meal after fast ends at sunset). But since children are not supposed to fast, the blind son named Abdullahi, aged four was hungry.

"I thank God for what He has given me. Raising five blind children is not a simple thing. I am happy with them, despite their visual impairment. The children have been growing well, with impressing performance in school," she said. Raising blind children is an experience filled with adventure! Some days are hectic, others are peaceful.

Some days you celebrate your achievements and other days you have to cope with bad news concerning their health. But despite poverty, I never think of ignoring parenting my blind children! Mgeni-Haji, a famous small village in the central district of Unguja, where Mwaka lives with her children is known for its fertile land producing spices and other foodstuff like cassava, a popular dish in Zanzibar.

The village's popularity has grown in recent days after news about Mwaka with her five visually impaired children spread. Four children are blind, while one has multiple disabilities: Blind, dumb and mental disorders. All the five lovely children: Omar (22), Maimuna (14), Ramla (11), Thuwaiba (9), and Abdullahi (4) are believed to have been born with the physical problems. The problems were easily recognised.

"It has been a big challenge to me and my husband Mr Iddi Riziki Ussi (45). We have managed to raise the children in a difficult environment and poverty," explains Mwaka Juma who got married at the age of 17. Mwaka said that she is a mother of nine children, but the five developed visual disabilities.

"Three out of the other four are physically okay, performing well in school, while the eldest daughter got married after completing form four,"
she said." Maimuna, Ramla and Thuwaiba are at Mgeni Haji inclusive school and have been scoring high in class and also in Quran School. Unfortunately Omar is unable to go to school," the mother says adding. "I have been patient as I raise my children in poverty.

Omar has more complications as he grows up; "now an adult at the age of 22, he hears, but cannot talk and we have to help him do everything." Omar was treated at Mnazi Mmmoja Hospital, before he was referred to Muhimbili Hospital in Dar es Salaam. He has shown some improvement and "an organisation asked us to enrol in him at Uhuru-Mchanganyiko school in Dar es Salaam where he stayed for only oneyear."

Omar returned home in Zanzibar because he could not cope in class and that was the end of his education life. He is now dormant at home and we cannot help him, said the mother. Health experts describe vision impairment as a term that covers many vision problems as well as different kinds of loss.

Children with vision loss experience the world in a different way from other youth. Vision impairment can happen at any age. Most vision conditions in children will stay the same throughout their life. Some conditions might result in vision problems for only a short time, but others might get worse over time, resulting in much poorer vision or blindness as the child gets older.

Mwaka said she faced no serious health problems during pregnancy and delivered her children in a normal way. The mother also said she remembers her family of not having history of eye problems and even her husband family background in recent years had no problem, therefore arguably ruling out inheritance.

She said that medical doctors at both the Mnazi Mmoja Hospital and Muhimbili in Dar es Salaam did not tell her the cause of blindness to her children. However, health officers say vision impairment can be caused by genetic conditions and by damage or injury to the eye, to the pathways connecting the eye to the brain or to the visual centre of the brain.

A child can have vision impairment at birth and can also happen later as a result of disease, injury or a medical condition. The most common causes of vision impairment are: Neurological conditions that affect parts of the brain that control sight (cortical vision impairment).

Other causes are genetic conditions such as Albinism and retinitis pigmentosa; and illnesses that happen to some very premature babies or babies that have particular problems during their birth.

Conditions such as paediatric glaucoma, cataracts and cancer like retinoblastoma and also the mother being infected by a particular virus during pregnancy (for example, rubella, cytomegalovirus, sexually transmitted infection, toxoplasmosis and so on) also cause blindness. Blindness can affect many areas of child's development, some of which you might not expect.

The child can have challenges in many ways including communicating (not seeing someone waving and smiling at her or not being able to make eye contact). Social interactions (clumsy, not able to read non-verbal cues and gestures, get lost in a crowd or have trouble making friends); having problems in telling the difference between day and night and having difficulty in playing.

Family support, according to the mother and father of the children, they depend on Aid from individual people, who have been donating money and recently building material to help improve their 'House'.

"Our partly thatched house is insufficient for us. We need to improve the house at least by rebuilding it using blocks, and iron sheets," said Mjaka who survives as a petty trader, in the village, selling bites. The parents said that their children need clothes including school uniforms, items for playing, and learning materials like brail yet the support from people remains very small.

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Gambia: Deaf Sport Seeks Support to Participate in ADFCN 2014

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16 JULY 2014

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The Gambia Deaf Sports Association (GDSA) is seeking financial support from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the general public to enable them participate in the first-ever African Deaf Football Cup of Nations (ADFCN) to be held in Accra, Ghana, from 4 to 25 October 2014.

In a media release sent to Pointsports, Lamin M. Ceesay, president of the GDSA, said: "I am appealing to the Gambia government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports and stakeholders in sport - BE FAIR PLAY - to make it a point of duty to consider this first-ever great opportunity for our beloved Gambian Deaf in Sports."

He added: "I am sure there are football funds in place at the ministry of youth and sports and its stakeholder institutions in sport development. I mean the funds which were kept in place to cover the expenses of national football teams on international football matches. Unfortunately, if our non-disabled national teams such as U20 were banned, then let the funds be available and given to the National Deaf Scorpions FC to bring fruits for all to enjoy."

"Since we have only two months to go, I would like to have all my players at the camp for a series of trainings and then build confidence and trust in them," he went on.

"This could be possible if our government (Ministry of Youth and Sports) and its stakeholders give us their positive approval and permission like other African countries that have already confirmed their participation and payments."

They want to camp the players and officials "as quickly as possible", Mr Ceesay also said, adding: "We must resume training in order to achieve our goals at the said Deaf Cup of Nations.

"We want to attain excellence in sports BE FAIR PLAY and bring glory to the nation."

He also said anyone willing to help them can reach him on: +220 77 28 0 92 SMS or +220 88 0 55 99. Email lams_lamin@yahoo.co.uk

John S.A. Yusuf, Secretary General of CADS, in his letter to the Gambia Deaf Sports Association, said: "The Confederation of African Deaf Sports (CADS), the sole governing body of deaf sports under the structure of International Committee of Sports for the Deaf ICDS, wishes to confirm that Gambia Deaf Sports Association (GDSA) is one of our member federations with rights for football team and officials to participate in the above-mentioned competition in Accra, Ghana."

The letter added: "The suspension of the Gambia National non-disabled football teams from all international football matches under the order of the FIFA/CAF is no longer in line with CADS status, having nothing to do with our beloved relationship with Gambia Deaf Association GDSA Football team.

"We strongly support their request for financial and materials assistance to participate in the tournament successfully. This will also support the empowerment policy of the government and make them productive."

In conclusion it said: "We wish to thank you for your kind consideration and approval of their request."

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Deaf Sport seeks support to participate in ADFCN 2014

The Point
Africa ≫ Gambia
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Gambia Deaf Sports Association (GDSA) is seeking financial support from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the general public to enable them participate in the first-ever African Deaf Football Cup of Nations (ADFCN) to be held in Accra, Ghana, from 4 to 25 October 2014.
In a media release sent to Pointsports, Lamin M. Ceesay, president of the GDSA, said: “I am appealing to the Gambia government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports and stakeholders in sport - BE FAIR PLAY - to make it a point of duty to consider this first-ever great opportunity for our beloved Gambian Deaf in Sports.”

He added: “I am sure there are football funds in place at the ministry of youth and sports and its stakeholder institutions in sport development. I mean the funds which were kept in place to cover the expenses of national football teams on international football matches. Unfortunately, if our non-disabled national teams such as U20 were banned, then let the funds be available and given to the National Deaf Scorpions FC to bring fruits for all to enjoy.”

“Since we have only two months to go, I would like to have all my players at the camp for a series of trainings and then build confidence and trust in them,” he went on.

“This could be possible if our government (Ministry of Youth and Sports) and its stakeholders give us their positive approval and permission like other African countries that have already confirmed their participation and payments.”

They want to camp the players and officials “as quickly as possible”, Mr Ceesay also said, adding: “We must resume training in order to achieve our goals at the said Deaf Cup of Nations.

“We want to attain excellence in sports BE FAIR PLAY and bring glory to the nation.”

He also said anyone willing to help them can reach him on: +220 77 28 0 92 SMS or +220 88 0 55 99. Email lams_lamin@yahoo.co.uk

John S.A. Yusuf, Secretary General of CADS, in his letter to the Gambia Deaf Sports Association, said: “The Confederation of African Deaf Sports (CADS), the sole governing body of deaf sports under the structure of International Committee of Sports for the Deaf ICDS, wishes to confirm that Gambia Deaf Sports Association (GDSA) is one of our member federations with rights for football team and officials to participate in the above-mentioned competition in Accra, Ghana.”

The letter added: “The suspension of the Gambia National non-disabled football teams from all international football matches under the order of the FIFA/CAF is no longer in line with CADS status, having nothing to do with our beloved relationship with Gambia Deaf Association GDSA Football team.

“We strongly support their request for financial and materials assistance to participate in the tournament successfully. This will also support the empowerment policy of the government and make them productive.”

In conclusion it said: “We wish to thank you for your kind consideration and approval of their request.”

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/deaf-sport-seeks-support-to-participate-in-adfcn-2014




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Disabled begging for money saddens me - Pozo Hayes

GhanaWeb-

High-life musician Pozo Hayes says his condition as a physically challenged person has moved him to help make life less difficult for persons living with disabilities.

He is therefore embarking on a musical tour to raise funds for a charity project that will help the physically challenged in Ghanaian orphanages.

He is scheduled to perform at Bronx in New York, Woodbridge in Virginia and North Brunswick with his PH International Band by the end of this year.

The musician said it would be an honour to put smiles on the faces of persons living with disability especially those who have no one to cater for them.

“Although I cannot solve all the problems facing the physically challenged persons in Ghana, I believe my little contribution will help a lot,” he added.

He lamented that the physically challenged are mostly left on the streets and no attention is given them.

“It saddens my heart when I see physically challenged person on the streets begging for money. Because I am one, I feel like weeping when I come across them. The show is to raise funds for the physically challenged and the orphanages and I wish corporate bodies can come on board to help,” he added. The tour is being put together by Royal Community Services and Eternal Life Ministries in Somerset NJ, USA.

Known for songs like ‘Akeka akeka’, ‘Odo mu nsohwe’, ‘Obaa Lydia’, Pozo said he waited a long time to thrill his fans who have not heard from him in these few years.

Pozo was awarded Best Singer at the Entertainment Critics Reviewers Association of Ghana in 1988 and Voice of the Year at Sunshine Music Society the same year.

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Lady Julia supports School for the Deaf

Ghana News Agency
Saturday 19th July, 2014
Lady Julia 2014

Lady Julia, Wife of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

Kumasi July 19, GNA- Lady Julia, Wife of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has donated GH¢ 5,000.00 to support the Ashanti School for the Deaf at Jamase in the Sekyere South District.
The money will be used to paint and decorate the newly constructed Deaf-Blind Centre, construct a water reservoir stand and purchase a tank for the school.

Dr Thomas Agyarko-Poku, Chief Executive of the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation, who presented the cheque on behalf of Lady Julia, said it is part of her contribution towards the proper care of the inmates of the school.

He said it is important that society show greater interest in the training and upbringing of children with disabilities so that they do not become beggars on the street on future.

Mrs Charlotte Opoku, Head of Deaf- Blind Unit of the school, who received the cheque on behalf of the school, praised Lady Julia for her quick response to the plight of the inmates.

She said besides the cheque, Lady Julia had also donated foodstuffs and desks to assist the children in their learning.

Mrs Opoku said the Deaf-Blind Centre in the school, which is the second in the country, was established in 2009 to cater for children with such special disabilities in the northern sector of the country.

It currently has five children and three would be added next academic year.

Mrs Opoku said due to the multiple disabilities of some of the children, it had become necessary to renovate and expand the school infrastructure not only to be able to admit more of such children in the society but also make the environment conducive and friendly to all of them.

She said The Otumfuo Charity Foundation has been one of the leading supporters of the school and commended the management of the Foundation for their continued assistance.

Mrs Opoku called on other individuals and philanthropist organisations to assist the inmates with teaching and learning materials.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.ghananewsagency.org/social/lady-julia-supports-school-for-the-deaf--77430




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Lady Julia supports School for the Deaf

GhanaWeb
Lady Julia Osei Tutu

Lady Julia, Wife of the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has donated Ghc5,000.00 to support the Ashanti School for the Deaf at Jamase in the Sekyere South District.

The money will be used to paint and decorate the newly constructed Deaf-Blind Centre, construct a water reservoir stand and purchase a tank for the school.

Dr Thomas Agyarko-Poku, Chief Executive of the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation, who presented the cheque on behalf of Lady Julia, said it is part of her contribution towards the proper care of the inmates of the school.

He said it is important that society show greater interest in the training and upbringing of children with disabilities so that they do not become beggars on the street on future.

Mrs Charlotte Opoku, Head of Deaf- Blind Unit of the school, who received the cheque on behalf of the school, praised Lady Julia for her quick response to the plight of the inmates.

She said besides the cheque, Lady Julia had also donated foodstuffs and desks to assist the children in their learning.

Mrs Opoku said the Deaf-Blind Centre in the school, which is the second in the country, was established in 2009 to cater for children with such special disabilities in the northern sector of the country.

It currently has five children and three would be added next academic year.

Mrs Opoku said due to the multiple disabilities of some of the children, it had become necessary to renovate and expand the school infrastructure not only to be able to admit more of such children in the society but also make the environment conducive and friendly to all of them.

She said The Otumfuo Charity Foundation has been one of the leading supporters of the school and commended the management of the Foundation for their continued assistance.

Mrs Opoku called on other individuals and philanthropist organisations to assist the inmates with teaching and learning materials.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/regional/artikel.php?ID=317719




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Prof fights primitive stigma about special needs children

New Zimbabwe.com-
22/07/2014 00:00:00
by Suntimes.com

Many people are afraid of people with disabilities ... Lucia Mambure

LUCIA Mambure is determined to do the seemingly impossible in her home city of Harare, Zimbabwe: open a school for children with special needs.

The professor and mother of three is a progressive voice in a country where attitudes about people with disabilities can be primitive. She was in the United States recently to observe the folks at Elim Christian School in Palos Heights and meet with other leaders of the school’s international outreach program.

“Where I come from, many people are afraid of people with disabilities,” she said. The disabled, she said, are shunned, locked inside and often considered a curse on the family.

Mambure knows this first hand. Her oldest son, Tapona, has cerebral palsy. And while he has been able to attend school with his brothers thus far, Mambure has been notified several times that because he has turned 14, he will not be allowed to attend after this term. School ends for disabled children at this age, she said.

“What a child like that means to us is that you are stuck. You can’t go to work because without a school, where will you leave that child? You can’t visit your relatives. They don’t want him, they are afraid their kids will catch what he has,” she said. “You can’t do anything. But you need to support and feed your other children, too.”

One mother she knows leaves her child chained to a tree while she works in the field. “She is afraid if she leaves him unchained he will disappear or start a fire,” she said.

It is a common predicament in a country where, either because their husbands abandon them or they are trying to start a new life in a new land, many single mothers struggle to fend for themselves and their children, she said.

Mambure, who years ago successfully started four family support groups for parents of children with special needs, believes that all people have value, that everyone deserves an education and that children like her son have been created in God’s image. That, too, is the mission of Elim.

She is determined to enlighten the people of Harare and the professionals at Elim are determined to help.

“When I first came here in 2010 and saw Elim, that’s when I knew this thing was possible,” Mambure said.

Battling to change primitive societal attitudes ... Lucia Mambure (second from left) in the US

Through its donor-funded outreach program, Elim has given Mambure and others like her around the world support, training and materials.

“We communicate every month and sometimes every week, asking questions. They give us answers,” Mambure said. “Even though we are thousands and thousands of miles away, we can just call or email (or Skype) and ask them questions. That has been huge for me and for us.”

With Elim’s help, Mambure was able to develop a home-based training program for parents. So far, they have addressed such topics as communication, behaviour and toileting, said Jenna Hania, International Outreach Coordinator for Elim.

Complicating Mambure’s efforts is the severe lack of resources in Zimbabwe.
In 2008, the country suffered a political and economic meltdown. Many of the professionals fled the country, leaving an infrastructure of buildings but few to run the schools and hospitals and even fewer to supply the government with the funds it needs to operate such institutions.

Just before the collapse, in 2007, Mambure approached the minister of education about opening a school for children with disabilities.

She said the school psychologist told her, “My sister, if you can prove that these kids can learn then we can go and talk to the minister because when I talk to him about opening a school for them he says it is a waste of resources.”

Money is hard to come by in her nation that operates on a multi-currency basis, allowing residents to pay for goods with whatever money they have, from euros to yen, her chances of getting financial help seem especially bleak.

“When you don’t have a lot it becomes survival of the fittest. What that means is that those who are able-bodied get everything,” Mambure said.

Still, she is determined.

A school would help all of the children, especially those that are high functioning and who can become independent, realize their potential and find a place in society, she said.

It would dispel myths and open minds. And it would give parents time to work, study or just relax from the high pressure job of being a constant caregiver.

Jenna Hania, International Outreach Coordinator for Elim, is confident that if anyone can affect change in Harare, Mambure can.

“The people who run the ministries that we work with, most of them are women, have been incredibly successful,” she said.
“They are the driving force. We are super-intentional about not having a harmful presence. We are not there to show them how to do things, just to simply be there to supply support and answer questions.”

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
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Gambia: Disabled Graduate Appeals for Support to Pursue Master's Degree in UK

AllAfrica.com

Jebel Ceesay, a graduate of the University of The Gambia in BSc Political Science in 2013 has received admission to study his masters degree in International Law at the University of Edinburg in England.

He is expected to start his course in September, but one thing affecting him is the lack of sponsorship to foot the tuition fee.

Speaking to the Daily Observer, the physically disabled said he was looking forward to do his master's degree, and as a Political Science student most of the courses on master's degree are found outside the country.

"There was this call for master's programme through the University of The Gambia by the University of Edinburg in England for a graduate who is interested in LLB International Law Master's Programme for one year. I have been busy for the past five months working on the application process and thank God I have got the admission," he told this reporter. The one year study, he says will cost about 15, 850 Pounds plus maintenance fee of 9, 840 Pounds. "I do not have the funds to support myself and as a physical disabled, I am now appealing for support from the president of the Republic and the general public to help me undergo this course. I don't really want to lose this opportunity," he concluded. Meanwhile, anyone willing to support can contact the following numbers: (+220) 6554101 or 7840522.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201407241567.html




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Centre for visually impaired needs land

New Era-
Kavango EastmNational14 hours ago
Visually-impaired
By John Muyamba

RUNDU - The centre for the visually impaired at Sauyemwa has requested the Rundu Town Council to give it land to build a proper centre.

Currently the centre operates from a piece of land that still belongs to the town council.

Kangenengene Immanuel who is the founder of the centre told New Era they have been living at the plot since 2008 after requesting to be settled there by the town council.

He says they want a permanent plot of their own as they fear being evicted.

They have also appealed for financial assistance as they are “really in need”.

“When we came here there were a lot of bushes and shrubs but the town council said we could use the plot on condition we cleaned the area and put up a proper structure,” said Kangenengene.

Kangenengene said that over the past few years they received numerous promises of asssitance to improve the centre but their potential benefactors were constrained by the fact that the land targetted for a new modern centre belongs to council.

This prompted Kangenengene and a group of other virsually impaired people to seek an audience with the council to request land.

The CEO of Rundu Town Council, Romanus Haironga, said the council was looking into the issue.

“They asked for the land in 2008 and the town council leased them the plot,” Haironga stated.

“I later realised that people like them really need assistance,” he said.

He said the council earlier this year sent a team to assess their water, food and sanitation needs and to gather information on how best it could assist them.

“I have received some feedback on that and will look at the matter with the council,” said Haironga.

On the issue of land, he said council’s major concern was that the centre was not yet registered and that giving them land could result in such land being registered under the name of an individual.

Haironga said currently the centre leases the land but that council wouldl look into the issue of exempting it from paying for the lease and land tax. The centre wouold also have to be registered through the Ministry of Trade and Industry as a non-profit making entity.

The centre shelters people who are visuaslly impaired, both male and female.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.newera.com.na/2014/07/24/centre-for-visually-impaired-needs-land/




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Gambia Deaf Scorpions Solicits Support From Gambians

AllAfrica.com

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Members of the Gambia Deaf Scorpions are soliciting support from the government, the private sector, stakeholders, institutions, NGOs, companiesindividuals to participate in the upcoming first-ever Africa Deaf Cup of Nations scheduled for 4 through 25 October 2014 in Accra, Ghana.

Many African countries have already confirmed their participation of the first Africa Cup of Nations for the Deaf and The Gambia also want to participate in the competition but due to financial constraints they are finding it difficult to prepare for and play in the championship.

The association is therefore pleading with the general public, the government, the private sector, NGOs and other donor bodies to come to their aid to be able to participate in the tournament, which runs from 4 to 25 October this year.

The Participation fee of U$S5,00 from each participating federation should be paid directly to CADS Bank Accountto enable CADS finalize everything with Ghana Organizing Committee, the association states, adding: "We need help to let CADS serve us better in time. CADS count on our support towards the successful organization of ADFCN 2014."

"We also have to pay audiogram fee of U$S20 per player for 18 players & insurance fee of U$S30 per player and official."

It says all participating fees covered can be used for the purchase of original trophies, and diplomas, golden boot, medals, advertisement, local buses for players and officials, and other logistics and administrative cost.

Participating teams will arrive in Ghana on 2 October, while audiogram and accreditation and the championship is set to commence on 4 October 2014.

The 2014 draw for the 2014 Africa Deaf Football Cup of National are as follows.

GROUP A GROUP BGROUP CGROUP D

A1: GHANA B1:LIBYAC1; NIGERIAD1:GABAN

A2:MALI B2 :CAMEROONC2:TANZANIAD2; KENYA

A3:GAMBIA B3: LIBERIAC3; SIERRA LEONE D3; ZAMBIA

A4; EGYPT B4: NIGERC4: ALGERIAD4: GUINEA

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201407251743.html




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‘The deaf marginalised, tough to get Govt services’

The Swazi Observer 26/07/2014 12:01:00By Ackel Zwane

The deaf are so neglected by government they can almost hear their misery, they do not even have interpreters in their welfare offices throughout the kingdom, which is their only sanctuary.
One deaf pregnant patient was reported to have been turned away to bring with her an interpreter if she was to be attended at a hospital in Manzini. This sparked outrage among other patients who called this newspaper, but the patient had already left the health institution when reporters arrived.

When going for the HIV test results, the deaf are forced to discuss their status through an interpreter who is not even a specialist in communicating HIV and AIDS messages or information. It had transpired that in nearly all government spheres the deaf are not accommodated for services. The most crucial is the country’s hospitals and surprisingly Good Shepherd in Siteki, the heartland of the deaf, has not a single Sign Language interpreter.

Fanelo Zikhali, a Sign Language specialist says he approached one of the key ministries with a view of having him employed as a sign language specialist but no one bothered to reply him.
“I have the capacity to train Sign Language to large groups. I also wish to be trained to interpret for HIV testing because some deaf people are unable to communicate either in writing or spoken language but only through signs, terminology for other disciplines such as HIV can be hard.

” Zikhali claims to have a number of his students who are holders of HIV testing certificates but have no prospects of being hired by the hospitals at the end of their training. He made reference to media reports that some recruits who passed out from the police college were trained in Sign Language but only that he doubted their effectiveness because Sign Language could not be mastered by attending a workshop or brief and disintegrated lessons. He says Sign Language requires adequate time and specialisation because it begins with basics before communication (which is a course in communicating with the deaf) and thirdly interpretation. “Trainees need time and contact with deaf people and that cannot be possible in a five-day workshop. In the case of the patient sent back to look for an interpreter instead of being assisted, it is very painful. Surprisingly, normal patients who have language problems such as siSwati or English get the assistance they need, they are not turned away to bring interpreters.”

Former Senator Tom Mndzebe who represented people with disabilities in parliament says he communicated the need for Sign Language to the deputy prime minister and the ministry of health but for now he could not say much because the deaf have their own association. However, this association is only by name as it has no physical offices after it failed to raise money for rent and got kicked out.

.............We’ve trained a few in Sign Language - Cops

The police, on the other hand, say a few of their charges underwent training in Sign Language but as to whether effective or not it depended on the numbers, that if more police officers are trained in sign language the more effective it will be. Deputy Public Relations Officer Khulekani Mamba suggested a protracted programme in order to include more officers. He said he was, however, unaware whether there was any deaf police officer among their ranks, “may be this is what we should consider for the future.”

Our job requires full senses but with time - Mzuthini

His Majesty’s Correctional Services Commissioner General Isaiah Mzuthini Ntshangase says the nature of the work of prisons requires officers to possess all the senses; they must see, listen and talk.He is quick, however, to note that with recent developments the correctional institution might consider taking deaf people with different specialties into their ranks given the changes that take place around and within them.

“But since jobs are diversified who knows, in the future we might consider deploying them to workstations where they would be effective and efficient without disadvantaging them. We are not about security alone, suppose there comes to me a chaplain, a psychologist, a chaplain who excel in the particular area despite the disability, why not take them?”
While security services such as the army, police and correctional require people with complete senses, they still pry into the private lives of deaf people with specialisations in Sign Language.

There is an ongoing case of a deaf murder suspect at the High Court, one Sandziso Lukhele who required the services of a Sign Language specialist from investigations, documents preparation up to trial yet the police did not have a single Sign Language specialist among their ranks but use external hands.

Deaf people we interviewed allege that quite often government hires people who claim to know Sign Language but could only go as far as waving the fingers in the fashion of ‘Hello’ and nothing more. “It is the very government that refuses to employ people with disabilities, especially the deaf. Government is the first culprit. Hire people with disabilities so that they develop others within the operations floor.” Last December, in what was dubbed the mother of all embarrassment, a fake Sign Language interpreter standing on stage with world leaders during Nelson Mandela’s funeral used his own invented signs and appeared to be dishing out the right stuff. It was not until the national director of the deaf federation of South Africa Bruno Druchen picked it up that Thami Jantji was a fake. He did not use the South African Sign Language at all.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.observer.org.sz/news/64331-%E2%80%98the-deaf-marginalised,-tough-to-get-govt-services%E2%80%99.html




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State School for the Deaf re-named

Citifmonline-
Sunday 27th July , 2014 12:01 pm

The State School for the Deaf at Adjei Kojo, near Tema, was on Thursday re-named Dr Seth Tetteh Ocloo School for the Deaf, in honour of its founder.

The school, which was established in 1966 by Dr Ocloo, is one of the special public schools in the country to educate students with hearing impairment.

Dr Ocloo, who was born in 1932, lost his hearing in 1952 when he contracted cerebro spinal meningitis.

Despite his hearing challenge, Dr Ocloo continued his education and became the first hearing-impaired person in Africa to complete his Bachelor Degree programme in 1964.

Dr Ocloo, who is also the first hearing-impaired Ghanaian to obtain a Doctorate in Philosophy (Ph. D), is also the Founder of the Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD).

Miss Barbara Ennin, Headmistress of the School, recounted that the school which was then known as Osu Deaf Mission Centre, was taken over by government in 1969, and was re-named State School for the Deaf.

Miss Ennin added that the school moved from different locations since its establishment, before settling at its current location at Adjei Kojo in the Tema Metropolis.

She added that the school holds the philosophy that, with the appropriate level of technological teaching and family support, hearing impaired students would be equipped to follow a full secondary curriculum and ultimately become confident and independent adults.

On the achievements of the school, she indicated that Dr Seth Ocloo State School for the Deaf recorded a 100 per cent pass in the 2012 and 2013 Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE), among other laurels in extra curriculum activities.

The school’s challenges include uncompleted boys dormitory which started in 1999, the payment of transport fares by parents to fuel government vehicles to convey the children to school, and many others.

Dr Ocloo thanked the GNAD and the Ministry of Education for initiating the re-naming of the school, and accepting the suggestion respectively.

He appealed to the Tema Development Corporation (TDC) to issue him with a permit for his property at Adjei Kojo to enable him get closer to the school, as well as to be accessible to the larger hearing-impaired community.

The GNAD presented a citation to Dr Ocloo to appreciate and recognize his contributions to their education and well-being.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.citifmonline.com/2014/07/27/state-school-for-the-deaf-re-named/




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Vital op for deaf girl put off

Independent Online
July 31 2014 at 04:32pm
By Tebogo Monama

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Cash problems have stalled an operation that would improve Amyoli Gina Ngewu's hearing. Photo: Boxer Ngwenya

Pretoria - Two-year-old Gina Ngewu was due to undergo a life-changing operation on Thursday, but because of a lack of funds, the little girl might live in her soundless world for ever.

Gina, of Atteridgeville, was diagnosed with auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD) when she was a few months old and now uses a hearing aid and sign language to communicate.

Her audiologist, Nicolize Cass, of the Pretoria Cochlear Unit based at the University of Pretoria, said without a cochlear implant, the little girl would never be able to hear. She said because of the severity of her condition, Gina received only minimal sound from her hearing aid. A cochlear implant would be her only hope of hearing.

Cass said at least 10 percent of all deaf people had ANSD. She said the cochlear implant would electrically stimulate Gina’s hearing nerves. The implant has an internal portion that is surgically placed under the skin and an external portion that sits behind the ear.

“Even if we do not do the operation now, the condition will not get worse, but it will delay her speech and language skills.”

Gina lip reads and uses sign language and minimal verbal communication. The cochlear implant costs about R350 000 and the family’s medical aid has agreed to pay R270 000. Now, Gina’s mother, Samkelo, 23, still needs to raise the outstanding R80 000. Gina is her first child.

The operation was supposed to be done at the Zuid Afrikaans Hospital on Thursday but has been postponed until the funds become available.

To raise the funds, Samkelo and the Hear Always Foundation Trust have opened a trust account and are asking the public for donations.

Trust chairwoman Janet van Graan said: “Time is running out for the little girl. If her brain is not stimulated by sound as early as possible she might have problems communicating in the future.

Samkelo said: “I realised that there was a problem when she did not respond to rattling toys or when she slept even if there was loud noise.

“She also did not react when her name was called. Otherwise she was a normal child.”

She took the child for tests and it was discovered she had ANSD. “I decided to leave school and take care of her full time, because I did not want her to be treated differently from other children.

“Three pre-schools have told me they cannot take care of her because of her condition,” she said.

Donations can be deposited in the following account: Hear Always Foundation Trust, Standard Bank, Trust account number: 411351605. Branch code: 012645, swift code: SBZAZAJJ. Reference: Gina Ngewu.

tebogo.monama@inl.co.za

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Zimbabwe: Give Free Education to the Disabled - Nyagura

AllAfrica.com-

Government must introduce free education for people living with disabilities, University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor, Professor Levi Nyagura, has said.

Speaking at the National Disability Expo held in the capital on Friday, Prof Nyagura said it was important for Government to introduce free education for people with disabilities from primary school to tertiary level.

"As a nation, we need to seriously consider the needs of people with disabilities. Central Government should introduce free education for people with disabilities from primary level up to tertiary level.

"Universities should holistically consider the disabled and assist them by providing user-friendly assistive devices in their studies," he said. He added that education was able to transform the lives of marginalised people in society.

"Education is central to efforts to empower people with disabilities and it can transform their lives. We should know that one is not a lesser Zimbabwean by being disabled," said Prof Nyagura.

He said the nation should draw lessons from Paul Matavire who, despite being blind, produced music which appealed to people from different backgrounds without a trace of his disabilities.

Speaking at the same occasion, national advisor on disability issues in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Rtd Brig-General Felix Muchemwa, said the law was not providing enough for the disabled.

"Our legislation is silent about the disabled. People with disability must be represented at all levels and their contributions have to be acknowledged. Legislators must embrace all Zimbabweans as equals regardless of disabilities or physical appearance," he said.

He added that the expo helped in creating awareness of different issues affecting the disabled.

Chairperson and Special councillor for disabilities in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Gift Mabhaudhi said the expo provided a platform for key stakeholders to interact, develop synergies and share experiences relating to people living with disabilities.

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Tanzania: Special Secondary Schools for the Deaf Needed

AllAfrica.com
By Deus Ngowi

Moshi - EFORTS should be made to make sure that deaf students in the country are enrolled in their own special secondary schools to boost their academic performance.

The move has been advocated by several education stakeholders here, who include tutors and university students who pointed out that by doing so it will give them an opportunity to learn freely in a conducive environment.

Speaking here recently, the head teacher of Msandaka Primary School which is a special for the deaf, Ms Hellen Kiwelu said the current system denies the students clear opportunities to get quality education.

Ms Kiwelu said the current situation where deaf students are enrolled in ordinary secondary schools after completing their primary education without being afforded special treatment that would otherwise catapult them to their peak of success hampers their academic capacity.

She said that with the degree of deafness affecting students makes it difficult to learn in ordinary secondary schools, hence the need to furnish the schools with special gadgets like hearing aids to assist them.

Deafness, according to experts, ranges from normal hearing sensitivity, minimal or slight hearing loss, mild hearing loss, moderate hearing loss, moderately severe hearing loss, and severe hearing loss to profound hearing loss.

Msandaka Primary School which is situated within Moshi Municipality is special for deaf pupils and has a curriculum and system which prepares children with the disability to gain quality education, but the efforts are affected when they are required to proceed to secondary schools.

"The current system is a barrier to students because while in primary school they are used to 'sign system' and other hearing aids, therefore they encounter setbacks when in secondary schools because they cannot understand well lessons that are taught in the mainstream schools.

problem they face is that such secondary schools do not have teachers who are specialized in teaching the deaf," said Ms Kiwelu. She said that deaf students with a variety of hearing levels are supposed to be put in a system that addresses their differences and individual needs.

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Tanzania: Disabled Plead for Friendly Infrastructure in Stadiums

AllAfrica.com-
By Deus Ngowi

Moshi - A PARAPLEGIC Sports activist, Deogratius Chami, has called upon games stakeholders to consider erecting friendly infrastructure for people with disabilities in pitches used for various sports.

Speaking, Chami (29), who is Arts Graduate in Community Economic Development from Moshi University College of Cooperative and Business Studies (MUCCoBS), said it is pertinent that people with disabilities get their fair share in sporting events.

Chami, who endured paraplegia at young age from a sand rubble in Kibosho, said there are so many people with different types of disabilities willing to participate in sports activities but are denied just because of their status.

He called upon stakeholders, who have started renovations of Majengo Stadium, those bound to uplift King George's Memorial Stadium at Soweto, and Siha modern stadium planners to consider putting in place facilities for those with impairment.

"We call upon the stakeholders to make sure there are facilities for the people with disabilities because they also deserve to enjoy sports events like others.

Stadia should have washrooms and dressing rooms special for them," said the graduate, who is on the job market.

He said he used to play tennis at Majengo Stadium but had to bring it to an end because his wheelchair tear and wear was so rapid, as the game needs special chairs so that players can turn around as fast as required by the trend of the job.

He asked for benefactors for such equipment. Chami, who has been active in athletics and participates in annual marathon tournaments, asked stakeholders at Moshi Club and Ushirika Club to facilitate the persons with disabilities to feature in golf courses. Chami was sixth out of more than 50 participants in this year's Kilimanjaro Marathon.

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Addressing disabled could reduce poverty

Zambia Daily Mail
Written by Online Editor
By NOAH MANDA

MOST people involved in development have not been directly associated with people with disabilities or their issues.

They may, therefore, not appreciate the extent to which people with disabilities and their families are excluded, impoverished, and marginalised within a vicious poverty-disability cycle.

It is a two-way relationship - disability adds to the risk of poverty, and conditions of poverty increase the risk of disability.

The “invisibility and isolation” of people with disabilities are caused by stigma, discrimination, myths, misconceptions, and ignorance.

Only by a thorough analysis of this experience from research, evaluation, and input from people with disabilities, can society build a sound understanding and development strategy.

However, the reality is that little research and development programming have been conducted to find best ways of breaking the cycle.

The needs and issues of people with disabilities are not being fully addressed.

There is need to include more women and people from rural communities in decision-making, strengthening management capacity and accessing current information on disability and development trends and best practice.

Given the opportunity, development experts could advance the disability development process by providing people with disabilities and their communities with the opportunity to participate and be engaged.

One of the reasons for the lack of disability-focused programming may be lack of appreciation of the role and impact that this distinct vulnerable population - people with disabilities and their families - has on advancing the development process.

The millennium development goals (MDGs), which represent key policy directions for targeting income, poverty reduction, health, environment and other sectors, make no reference to the needs of people with disabilities.

To date, the reality is that neither sector-wide nor sector-specific programmes are satisfactorily reaching people with disabilities and their families.

This includes humanitarian aid programmes and policies and initiatives specific to gender, children, adolescents, youth, aged and minority groups.

Most disability programmes are relegated to non-governmental organisation (NGO)-based activities.

They are small-scale and are not included in national and international poverty reduction strategies.

Involvement in disability programming by country partners and the development agencies that support them has been negligible.

However, there is recent evidence, albeit inconsistent and incremental, that disability is on the development agenda and that future programming may increase.

Major development agencies are demonstrating efforts to raise the profile and importance of addressing the needs of people with disabilities in development planning and programming.

They include the Africa Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank, Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), Finnish International Development Agency (FINNIDA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The others are Norwegian Agency for Development (NORAD), and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), which are key multilateral international organisations in the region partnering with organisations representing people with disabilities to advance disability policy-making and programming.

The author is a disability rights activist.

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Uganda: Kibo Foundation to Help Uganda's Disabled Youth Attain ICT

AllAfrica.com
By Lilian Mutegi

KiBO Foundation, a social enterprise focused on developing skills and unleashing the capacity of youth through ICT skills in Uganda, has started a programme in Entebbe to help young people with disabilities attain IT skills.

The programme by KIBO is expected to benefit over 350 youth in the municipal therefore help generate change in terms of providing schools with content that will open up their minds to becoming great leaders and entrepreneurs.

Abraham Temu, MD, KiBO said: "KiBO Foundation, Cisco and Entebbe Municipality officially launched a Community Knowledge Center (CKC) to provide members of rural communities' and especially the deaf access to technology, to enable them find jobs, start businesses, gain education, and increase their financial self-sufficiency."

The project is set to help people with hearing difficulties acquire IT knowledge to make them better suited for the job market

Temu also added that the Entebbe CKC was started two years ago and has to date trained hundreds of community members including the youth and teachers, who later are awarded with certificates of accomplishment. He said "this will act as a demonstration centre from which youths will have access to the best technology in the world unlike the current situation where students find difficulty in research because of lack of information centres."

This programme is part of commitment by Cisco a global IT company to provide useful content and technology to disadvantaged groups in Africa so that they too can have access to what is happening around the globe.

"Through engaging municipalities in developing strategies that affect the young people challenge their mindsets, we hope this will open up their minds to being great thinkers and pillars of change in their communities." Temu said.

KiBO hopes to set up seven more centres in other parts of Uganda including Nebbi, Gulu, Amuru, Entebbe, Ntugamo, and Lira.

In 2013, Cisco funded six CKCs across Uganda - Entebbe, Gulu, Lira, Nebbi, Ngora and Ntungamo Districts, with KiBO Foundation as the lead implementer; similar centers have been implemented across Africa to enable rural communities have access to Information Communications Technology.

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Grafton Disabled benefit from Ebola sensitization

Sierra Express Media
August 7, 2014

Grafton Disabled Community

By: SEM on August 7, 2014.

Information reaching this press indicates that Grafton Disabled Community has benefitted a day sensitization activity on Ebola.

The sensitization activity was carried by Malisha Da Queen Foundation an outstanding charitable Disabled Organization in the country an activity that attracted a good number of disabled persons within the community.

According to the Secretary General of the organization, NeloJay, said they have decided to undertake the exercise because disabled persons are more vulnerable to any outbreak of disease and as such they needed to be schooled properly on the danger it poses.

He pointed out that, even though the Chief Executive Officer of the organization Malish Da Queen is out of the country she has great love and passion for persons with disability in the country adding the reason she has sent preventive materials against the disease including soap and other defensive materials to protect themselves against this deadly virus.

One of the beneficiaries, Adama Sesay, thanked the CEO for considering them at a time the country is at a trying moment.

She called on other charitable organizations to emulate the good work of Malisha Da Queen Foundation to help contain this deadly virus out of the country.

Other disabled persons shared similar sentiment towards the fight against Ebola.

The sensitization was climaxed with the distribution of Chlorine, soap and water containers.

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Ghana: Mobility Skills Training Workshop for Visually Impaired

AllAfrica.com
By Matilda Ansah

The Department of Social Welfare of the Twifo Atti-Morkwa District has organised a three day mobility skill training workshop for the visually impaired in the district.

Speaking at the programme the District Chief Executive Mr. Bossman Osei Hyiamang Jnr. admonished the participants not to be down hearted for being visually impaired but to rather take good care of themselves so as to live long. He urged them to take the workshop seriously and also apply everything that they would be thought at the workshop. He pledged to release their share of Common Fund on time so as to ensure their well -being.

Mr. Mustapha Okine the District Social Welfare Officer said most often the visually impaired did not know what to do when they were left alone hence the need for the workshop. The purpose of the workshop he noted was to train them to do things on their own where there was no help. It also to enable them to know how to use the white cane he added.

He then took them through the disability law. Among the topics treated were the Concept of Disability, the Disability Act, Advocacy and Entrepreneurship, District Assembly Common Fund (DACF)-Guidance to disability share support, Activities for daily living, History and background of white cane, Usage of importance of white cane, Techniques of moving white cane among others.

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Deaf Muslims Struggle for Their Faith

Onislam.net-
OnIslam & Newspapers
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 00:00

Nashiru Abdulai, co-founder of Global Deaf Muslim, is shown at the launch of the organization's Toronto chapter in February 2014.

CAIRO - Offering hearing impaired Muslims an access to their faith, a growing American group has been struggling to spread awareness about problems facing deaf Muslims wishing to practice their religion, perform prayers, attend sermons and recite the Noble Qur’an.

“Every time I’d go to a mosque, I’d sit there and I’d just watch the speaker and I couldn’t understand a word that person was saying,” Nashiru Abdulai, 38-year old Ghanaian-born Virginian, who has been deaf since contracting meningitis at the age of 10, told Desert News through an interpreter.

Finding no interpretation services at the mosque, he gave up trying to access the mosque for a time.

The Open Heart of a Deaf Muslim

How the Deaf & the Mute Offer Salah

With same problem facing estimated 55 million hearing impaired Muslims, Abdulai decided to fulfill an earlier promise he made to other young Ghanaian when he left to America at the age of 19, establishing an organization for deaf Muslims.

He started Global Deaf Muslims (GDM) in 2005 to address the rights and needs of deaf Muslims across the globe.

The organization sets its vision on its website as “A Muslim Ummah that recognizes the rights of deaf Muslims and actively strives to ensure that it is accessible and inclusive of all Muslims.”

“To advocate for the advancement and inclusion of Deaf Muslims in the Muslim Ummah and to raise awareness of Deaf Muslims issues within the broader Muslim community,” it adds in its mission

GDM now has chapters in California, Virginia, Minnesota, Illinois and Texas ? as well as in Canada and Ghana.

It is also raising $480,000 to fund the project of translating the Qur’ an to American Sign Language (ASL).

“Information about Islam is seldom available in sign language, making it difficult to educate deaf Muslims about Islam and for individuals to conduct their own research,” GDM explains on its website ? describing the situation as a “systematic exclusion of Deaf Muslims” from mosques and Islamic organizations.

Awareness

For hearing impaired Muslims, the biggest problem facing them is the lack of awareness of their existence.

Daoud Nassimi, a professor of Islam at Shenandoah University and Nova College who is helping GDM to translate the Quran into ASL, points out that even when leaders are aware of their existence, they are not aware of their needs.

“The first thing that they need is interpreters,” he says.

He added that with few Muslim interpreters, mosque leaders have to be convinced to hire interpreters for Friday sermons (Khutbah), talks, classes and other occasions for the deaf community.

“They need to be convinced that many deaf members exist in their communities, and those members cannot come and benefit from the mosque and programs unless there are interpreters available,” Nassimi says.

“They should be convinced that the money that they would spend on hiring the interpreters is really worthy of this important cause.”

Inadequate numbers of interpreters is not the only challenge to serving the deaf.

Most interpreters are not taught how to sign religious terms to interpret religious thoughts and beliefs.

To address that issue in Islam, the Qatari Social and Cultural Center for the Deaf presented delegates at the first international conference on deaf Muslims last November with a 376-page Islamic sign language dictionary developed with other Arabic signing communities.

But the problem for Americans is it was in Arabic Sign Language. Most Americans use American Sign Language. Any dictionary of Islamic terms must be universally accepted by deaf Muslims everywhere, Abdulai says.

Moreover, scholars should encourage sign language translations so that deaf Muslims can receive the word of God on the same terms as anyone else.

“There is a kind of acceptance right now in translation that there is absolutely no way that you could just simply always find an ideal translation to anything,” Salah Basalamah, an associate professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Translation and Interpretation, said.

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Ndove to help the disabled

Mmegi Online

FRANCISTOWN: Deputy Mayor of Francistown, Joyce Ndove is on her last lap of her term, and already she is making plans on how to actively help people with disabilities. ByPINI BOTHOKO Tue 12 Aug 2014, 11:46 am (GMT +2)

Ndove, a member of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), said she will not be contesting the coming elections. A mother with a disabled child, she said that there is a need for all to be committed and involved in helping the government to take care of the disabled in their communities.

Ndove explained that raising a child with disabilities is a challenge that requires everyone’s involvement. He pleaded that it should not be the responsibility of the parents raising children with disabilities alone. She said most people with disabilities are faced and highly affected by poverty due to their condition as compared to normal people. She said it is because some of them are not able to go out and ask for government initiatives to empower themselves. She said that her mission is to help people with disabilities discover themselves and make them able to go out in public to seek help like other people.

“There are so many people and companies that are willing to help people with disabilities but do not have access to those organisations. “I wish to see the council giving disabled people an office from where they can be assisted,” she said.

She said that an organisation of people with disabilities was formed back in 2012 but hey have no office where interested individuals and companies can find them. “I think this will be a place where they can be accessible. I promise to stand up and help them. “I plead with the government to give them an office. People living with disabilities in Francistown have been left behind for quite some time. “Also, I think gone are the days where families with people like this hide them at the back of their homes. “My intention is to be involved in their lives, establish their talents and help them find a way of making use of their talents. “The government has formed initiatives meant to empower people with disabilities, but most of these people do not know anything about the initiatives. “I will make sure that I help them find assistance and are aware of the government programmes so as to empower themselves, “ she said.

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Kenya: Persons With Disability in Bungoma Support for Referendum

AllAfrica.com-
By Elizabeth Were

PERSONS with disabilities in Bungoma county have supported the governors' push for a natiopnal referendum. County representative Martin Wanyonyi said the referendum seeks to devolve more funds to counties to implement development projects.

"He said people with disabilities need more funds in counties to support their programmes. "We propose the establishment of a framework through which people with disabilities can also elect their own representatives in the national and county assemblies," Wanyonyi said in a statement yesterday.

He said the current framework for nomination by political parties is bias against people with disabilities. "This amendment will strengthen the level of representation of these groups to ensure effective, competitive, legitimate and accountable representation,"Wanyonyi said.

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Disabled soldiers getting into sport

New Vision-
Publish Date: Aug 13, 2014
By Luke Kagiri

The Uganda Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) has started special games for the soldiers with disabilities. Among the games is the wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.

At the Chieftaincy of Mubende Rehabilitation Centre (CMRC) also known as casualty barracks there are over one thousand solders with disabilities.

The army has however started construction of pitches for the different games and some are already in use.

Col Gyaviira Kibirango, the commandant of CMRC, said many of the UPDF soldiers participating in the games are living a better life.

Kibirango adds that, they are planning to further train the soldiers so that they can participate in national and international events.

Some of the soldiers who spoke to New Vision explained that they are willing to develop their talents though they still lack some facilities like the wheelchairs.

Lt. David Ochan, the wheelchair basketball coach, said they are focused on serious training in anticipation to participate in national and international competitions.

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Trio hijack disabled man

Independent Online-
August 13 2014 at 02:40pm By BOTHO MOLOSANKWE
Independent Newspapers

Johannesburg - Three men hijacked a man with a disability, shot his mother and brother, then took off in his new BMW and his wheelchair.

The 36-year-old man arrived at his Eden Park home from work at about 8pm on Tuesday.

He hooted to indicate that someone should come out and open the gate for him.

Police spokesman Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng said that while the man was waiting, a car pulled up behind him.

Three armed men got out and approached him.

Because of his disability, the man was unable to get out of the car and a scuffle ensued.

The hijackers struggled to get him out of the car.

“At that moment, his mother was approaching and she screamed when she saw the men struggling with her son,” Mofokeng said.

“She joined the men in trying to get her son out of the car so that they could take the car.

“She started pulling him out and, in the mayhem, she was shot in the arm.”

When the man’s brother heard his mother’s screams he ran to see what the commotion was about and was shot in the right thigh.

As the man lay on the ground, the hijackers made off with the car, which the disabled man had collected earlier on Tuesday.

They also drove off with his wheelchair and laptop, among other items. It’s not known yet whether the car was modified.

A case of attempted murder and hijacking has been opened.

- The Star

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Malawi Govt Launches New Disability Directory

AllAfrica.com-
By Pauline Kaude

Lilongwe - Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati, Monday launched the 2014 Disability Directory in Lilongwe replacing the previous one which was last updated in 2005.

The directory which has been developed by the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, and the Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation provides a list of organizations that are involved in provision of care and support to persons with disabilities.

Kaliati said her ministry decided to update the 2005 directory to include new stakeholders as it believes that it will provide an increased access to services amongst people with disabilities and also ensuring that service delivery and networking among disability service organizations in the country are well coordinated.

"Disability is crosscutting in nature hence it has many players in this field, there are different stakeholders who intervene to ensure relevant equalization of the opportunities for persons with disabilities.

"It is these stakeholders that this Disability Directory is trying to provide a good link to make implementation of the policy on equal opportunities for persons with disabilities easy," said Kaliati.

She called on all stakeholders to use the directory which will be made available to all districts throughout the country.

According to the Minister, disability issues are being mainstreamed in the public sector to ensure inclusiveness of persons with disabilities at all levels.

During the function, the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) offered to reproduce copies of the directory and distribute it through its libraries across the country to ensure that many people are able to access it.

The Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation Malawi through its Tingathe programme initiated the process of updating the directory with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Namibia: Poor Education Concerns Deaf Association

AllAfrica.com

THE association for the deaf in Namibia yesterday met the Minister of Education to express concerns with the way the government is treating its members regarding access to education.

Among the concerns raised by the Namibian National Association of the Deaf (NNAD), is that its members can only go up to Grade 10 because there are no facilities to enable them to acquire further education.

The association says it has 27 000 members, while according to the 2011 census, there were more than 600 deaf learners.

The association's national director, Paul Nanyeni, told education minister David Namwandi that there are only two schools that cater solely for the deaf in the country, and four other units for the deaf.

Nanyeni said the two schools - Eluwa Special School in Ongwediva and the National Institute for Special Education in Windhoek - only offer classes up to Grade 10.

"We do not have secondary schools for the deaf learners. This is very discouraging to the deaf learners as they cannot see the possibility of succeeding through the mainstream system that is practised," said Nanyeni.

The association's director also said national examinations are issued without any special arrangement for the pupils and that in some cases, the pupils are examined on a syllabus they would not have been taught.

"Equipment in the special schools is not sufficient to promote visual learning. Deaf learners' teaching and learning are promoted by more visual cues," he explained.

He also said another challenge is that the teachers employed at these schools are not well-trained in sign language, which at times makes communication impossible, because appointed teachers have to shift from spoken to sign language.

"This is more true when the appointed sign language interpreters are not well-experienced and make daily learning cumbersome to the learners," said Nanyeni, adding that this is a challenging task.

He added that some teachers are not conversant in sign language and are not properly offered support to attain the full level of language proficiency.

Nanyeni bemoaned the fact that government is not employing qualified deaf assistant teachers for schools where there are units for the deaf.

He gave the example of Cosmos High School in Khomas and Mweshipandeka SS in Oshana where he said the services rendered to the pupils are very poor.

In addition, he said there are times when a teacher with no experience to teach sign language is appointed, while experienced teachers are overlooked.

"Sign language interpreters appointed to assist those learners are not experienced either, and this make the learning process very difficult for the deaf learners," he claimed. "Some of such situations are a result of poor consultation between the deaf organisation and the stakeholders in education. The advice of NNAD is disregarded."

Namwandi yesterday said the meeting was fruitful: "All parties vowed to continue with consultation."

The education ministry's deputy director for special programmes and schools, Inani Kahikuata, said it was expensive to hire interpreters and that the ministry could not afford to have a teacher and an interpreter in one classroom.

"The only way the ministry can solve this problem is to train teachers in sign language because it is too expensive to pay interpreters," said Kahikuata, adding that her ministry in conjunction with the University of Namibia was training teachers in sign language.

Kahikuata said the ministry to have an interpreter and a teacher in one classroom but it is introducing a new system.

"Now we have introduced the new system to have teachers teaching subjects and interpreting in sign language," she said.

She also proposed that there is a need for the association for the deaf to work with the education ministry to enhance skills.

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MMD is like a dead dog with ticks, says Nixon Chilangwa

Zambian Watchdog
August 14, 2014 | Filed under: Breaking News | Posted by: Chilekwa

PF Luapula province chairperson and home affairs deputy minister Nixon Chilangwa has likened MMD to a dead dog and that all the members are like ticks which will be buried with the dog. But the MMD has asked Chilangwa to shut up if his party has no solutions for the country.

Chilangwa, flanked by other provincial leaders was speaking during a campaign rally for the forthcoming Milenge’s Mumbotutwa ward by election. He further said that MMD had even started rotting, according to the pro PF newspaper the Post.

But MMD Copperbelt province chairman Joseph Zulu says if PF has nothing to offer to Zambians, Chilangwa must shut up. Zulu said the MMD was not fighting a physical but spiritual battle with PF and was confident of bouncing back into power in 2016. He also said Chilangwa has never issued any sane statement showing that he is a capable leader.

A fortnight ago, Chilangwa accused MMD cadres of mocking him for his physical disability by refering to him as’ ichilema (handicapped man}’. He claimed that he had overcome any stigma concerning his disability but MMD President Nevers Mumba said Chilangwa was trying to use his physical disability to win political sympathy and denied his members ever mocking the minister who walks with a permanent limp which looks like one of his legs is much shorter and smaller than the other.

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