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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)2010
HIV/AIDS 2010
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
アルジェリア民主人民共和国アンゴラ共和国ウガンダ共和国エジプト・アラブ共和国エチオピア連邦民主共和国エリトリア国ガーナ共和国カーボヴェルデ共和国ガボン共和国カメルーン共和国ガンビア共和国ギニア共和国ギニアビサウ共和国ケニア共和国コートジボワール共和国コモロ連合コンゴ共和国コンゴ民主共和国サハラ・アラブ民主共和国サントメ・プリンシペ民主共和国ザンビア共和国シエラレオネ共和国ジンバブエ共和国スーダン共和国スペイン領カナリア諸島スワジランド王国セーシェル共和国赤道ギニア共和国セネガル共和国ソマリア民主共和国タンザニア連合共和国チャド共和国チュニジア共和国中央アフリカ共和国トーゴ共和国ナイジェリア連邦共和国ナミビア共和国ニジェール共和国ブルキナファソブルンジ共和国ベナン共和国ボツワナ共和国マダガスカル共和国マラウイ共和国マリ共和国南アフリカ共和国南スーダン共和国モーリシャス共和国モーリタニア・イスラム共和国モザンビーク共和国モロッコ王国リビア(旧 大リビア・アラブ社会主義人民ジャマーヒリーヤ国)リベリア共和国ルワンダ共和国レソト王国
※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 1〜6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 7〜9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 10〜12月
○最新のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年

* 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

◆2010/01/05 AJF 【アマゾンを利用してAJFに寄付を!】アフィリエイト報告2009年12月
◆2010/01/06 AllAfrica.com Uganda: Disabled Councillor Earns Sh7.5 Million Annually in Coffee and Cattle
◆2010/01/08 AngolaPress Minars assists over 800 vulnerable people in Samba Caju
◆2010/01/08 亀井伸孝 世界アフリカ言語学会議 (WOCAL) 報告
◆2010/01/11 Plus News MOZAMBIQUE: Reaching the handicapped with HIV prevention
◆2010/01/11 AllAfrica.com ブルキナファソ:ブルキナ女性障害者団体全国連合(UNAFEHB)−2年間の運営を詳細に調査
◆2010/01/12 Daily Nation New law to ease life for disabled
◆2010/01/13 Times of Swaziland Miss deaf off to Las Vegas
◆2010/01/14 Awoko SLUDI President on the rights of the disabled
◆2010/01/14 SATURDAY NATION Govt accused of flouting rule on disabled
◆2010/01/15 AllAfrica.com Nigeria: 2011 - Deaf and Dumb Join Suswam's Campaign
◆2010/01/15 Nigerian Compass Newspaper Daku: Unhindered by disability
◆2010/01/17 AllAfrica.com Nigeria: Citizens Have Learnt Great Lessons From Civil War - Col Anwunah
◆2010/01/19 Anglo Celt Kingscourt woman helps disabled in the Congo
◆2010/01/19 i711.com A Deaf Role Model in Western Africa
◆2010/01/21 Peace fm Online School environment must be made friendly to the disabled
◆2010/01/22 AngolaPress Project to create 1,200 jobs
◆2010/01/23 AJF 公開シンポジウム「関西からアフリカのエイズ問題を考える」
◆2010/01/27 news.leaf-hide.jp 障害者のための就職フェアを開催 エジプト
◆2010/01/29 AngolaPress Cnidah donates goods to disabled people
◆2010/01/29 AllAfrica.com Ghana: Government Urged to Show Commitment to Disability
◆2010/01/30 Ghana News Donation Made To Kibi School For The Deaf At Kibi
◆2010/02/01 AllAfrica.com Ghana: Miteletti Coy Rescues Disabled
◆2010/02/01 AngolaPress Disabled people association signs protocol with Infrasat
◆2010/02/01 Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Government asked to implement disability law
◆2010/02/02 AJF 【アマゾンを利用してAJFに寄付を!】アフィリエイト報告2010年1月
◆2010/02/02 AllAfrica.com Tunisia: Local Disabled Athletes to Take Part in International Meetings in UAE
◆2010/02/03 New Vision Army to build dormitory for blind, deaf in Jinja
◆2010/02/03 This is Zimbabwe (blog) ‘Music by Prudence’ nominated for an Oscar!
◆2010/02/04 AngolaPress African disabled sports chairperson dedicates victory to head of State
◆2010/02/04 Mnnonline Thousands of Deaf will see the Gospel
◆2010/02/05 The Swazi Observer Miss Deaf SD praises King for Matsetsa High
◆2010/02/07 Daily Nation The disabled seek 20 seats in House
◆2010/02/08 AllAfrica.com Uganda: Army to Build Dormitory for Blind, Deaf in Jinja
◆2010/02/08 AllAfrica.com Rwanda: Kagame Donates to School of the Deaf
◆2010/02/08 AllAfrica.com Ghana: Disabled Receive More Support for Capacity Building
◆2010/02/10 Afrique en Ligue Tanzania: EAC conference to set regional policy on challenges of disability
◆2010/02/10 The Standard Sexual abuse: Pupils complaints fall on deaf ears
◆2010/02/10 Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Efforts to implement Disability Act underway
◆2010/02/12 challenged-info.com アフリカ・ガーナでも障害者雇用の動き
◆2010/02/16 headlines.yahoo.co.jp 南ア男性の高額宝くじ当せん、間違いと判明
◆2010/02/16 AllAfrica.com Kenya: Government Launches the First Census for the Disabled
◆2010/02/17 asahi.com 宝くじで10億円! 分け前せびられ雲隠れ 南アの男性
◆2010/02/17 ewn.co.za CT cleaner not SA’s latest millionaire
◆2010/02/17 heraldsun.com.au Deaf cleaner loses $13m National Lottery
◆2010/02/17 AllAfrica.com Ghana: TMA Inaugurates Committee to Manage Disability Fund
◆2010/02/17 Ghana News Agency Tamale NGO supports deaf education in the torth
◆2010/02/17 Modern Ghana Cape Deaf receives $3,000 worth of stationery
◆2010/02/18 Sowetan Help disabled kids
◆2010/02/18 The Swazi Observer Disabled 14-year-old girl admitted in Grade 1
◆2010/02/19 AngolaPress FAPED holds seminar on legislation for disabled people
◆2010/02/19 Namibia Economist Lions project helps deaf children
◆2010/02/19 Philippines News International support to end polio now
◆2010/02/21 BusinessGhana Government urged to give financial and technical support disabled sports
◆2010/02/21 Daily Nation MPs shortchanged persons with disability in Naivasha
◆2010/02/22 AllAfrica.com Ghana: Transport Systems Should Be Disability Friendly
◆2010/02/22 Mmegi Online Disabled Need Access To HIV/AIDS Information - Keoagile
◆2010/02/22 The New Times East Africa: EAC Urges Member States to Form Councils for Disabled
◆2010/02/23 AngolaPress Disabled people called to learn about Constitution
◆2010/02/23 Modern Ghana UN official voices hope for peaceful Sudanese polls By UN
◆2010/02/25 Sowetan Man takes the disabled hostage
◆2010/02/25 The New Vision East Africa to harmonise laws on disabled
◆2010/02/26 障害者雇用インフォメーション 障害者雇用を促進するプロジェクト発足 トーゴ
◆2010/02/27 Xinhua FIFA World Cup final venue ready
◆2010/02/28 New Vision Disability does not mean inability
◆2010/03/01 AJF 【アマゾンを利用してAJFに寄付を!】アフィリエイト報告2010年2月
◆2010/03/01 Ghana News National Disabled Assessment Centre left to rot
◆2010/03/02 Botswana Press Agency Government keen on assisting disabled
◆2010/03/02 AllAfrica.com Ghana: NGO Calls for Free NHIS for Physically Challenged Students
◆2010/03/03 AngolaPress Ammiga spends over USD 100,000 to aid former soldiers
◆2010/03/03 Ghana News Gbeogo School for the Deaf appeals for Support
◆2010/03/03 Ghana News Make the church environment disabled-friendly - US Pastor
◆2010/03/04 AllAfrica.com Cameroon: North West - Disabled Persons Urged to be Self Sustaining
◆2010/03/05 Maghreb Arabe Presse HM King Mohammed VI lays foundation stone of centre for physically- disabled in Fnideq Fnideq
◆2010/03/08 Daily Nation Basketballer, 20, proves her father wrong on disability
◆2010/03/08 New Vision Disabled insist on elections for posts
◆2010/03/09 WorldNewsVine (blog) Disabled Nigerians Demand Their Rights to Vote
◆2010/03/09 Ghana News It Is About Time The “Glass Ceiling” Is Removed!
◆2010/03/10 CNN スピーチ妨害でプロデューサーと監督の対立発覚 アカデミー賞
◆2010/03/10 Daily Nation New policy to boost special education
◆2010/03/10 The Standard Silent cry for justice
◆2010/03/11 AllAfrica.com Africa: The Saga of the Invisible President
◆2010/03/12 Islam Online A Tough Challenge: Disability Centers in Africa
◆2010/03/13 AJF・DPI日本会議・gCOE生存学共催学習会 エジプトにおける障害者支援の現状と課題
◆2010/03/15 Daily Sun Persons with disability want constitution amended
◆2010/03/16 Lusaka Times Zambia: Hikaumba calls for promotion and protection of interests of disabled employees
◆2010/03/16 AllAfrica.com Nigeria: Pencom Wants Group Life to Cover Employee Disability
◆2010/03/17 AllAfrica.com Nigeria: Pass Disability Bill, Association Urges National Assembly
◆2010/03/18 Lusaka Times Zambia: Man condemned for ditching fianc?e who gave birth to a limbless son
◆2010/03/19 Daily Nation ケニア:髄膜炎で視力を失った警察官
◆2010/03/24 The Standard I am a graduate and would like to be independent
◆2010/03/26 CCTV Disabled protest lack of seats at FIFA World Cup

【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
■「アフリカ障害者の十年」事務局 ニュースレター「Human Rights Africa」2008年第2号 http://www.africandecade.org/humanrightsafrica/newsletter.2008-10-21.3303788528/view
■Downside of the Human Rights-Based Approach to Disability in Development
(ウガンダをケースにして研究を進めている、人権アプローチについての論文)
http://blogs.helsinki.fi/katsui/files/2008/11/downside-of-hrba.doc
■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6「視覚障害学生支援技法」
http://www.arsvi.com/b2000/0902as.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 ○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
わたしたちがアフリカを学ぶ理由

戸田真紀子著 御茶の水書房 2400円+税 A5判 212p
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4275005899/ryospage03-22

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

また、上記座談会記録を収録した資料集「スーダンにおける視覚障害者の現状と
支援のための取り組み」を一部1000円で販売しています。こちらは、AJF事務局
に連絡下さい。

○アフリカのいまを知ろう
山田肖子編著 岩波書店 ジュニア新書 245p 2008年3月

○アフリカのろう者と手話の歴史―A・J・フォスターの「王国」を訪ねて
亀井伸孝著 明石書店 A5判 254p 2006年12月

○亀井伸孝(2009)「第5章 言語と身体の違いを超えて関係を構築する−アフリカ のろう者コミュニティにてー」
箕浦康子編著『フィールドワークの技法と実際II 分析・解釈編』ミネルヴァ書房所収

○亀井伸孝(2009)「第17章 アメリカ手話とフランス語の接触が生んだ手話言語 −フランス語圏西・中部アフリカ−」
梶茂樹・砂野幸稔編著『アフリカのことばと社会 多言語状況を生きると言うこと』三元社所収

○手話の世界を訪ねよう
亀井伸孝著  岩波書店 2009年6月19日  日本語  819円 (税込み)  新書判/縦組/240ページ ISBN978-4-00-500630-4 C0236
詳細はこちら 
http://kamei.aacore.jp/iwanami2009-j.html

○「理解と進歩のためのアフリカ言語学: 第6回世界アフリカ言語学会議(WOCAL 6)参加報告」
 『アフリカ研究』(日本アフリカ学会): 45-47.

亀井伸孝・米田信子著 2009



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【アマゾンを利用してAJFに寄付を!】アフィリエイト報告2009年12月

新年おめでとうございます。
昨年末、gCOE生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト内のアフリカ関連情報ページのリンク先が変わりました。
今後は、以下をご利用ください。
 アフリカ
 http://www.arsvi.com/i/2.htm
 アフリカ Africa 2009
 http://www.arsvi.com/i/2-2009.htm
※ クリスマスに米国で起きた航空機爆破未遂事件関連ニュース、毎日15〜20本に上っています。
  まだあるのだと思いますが、フォローしきれませんので、興味深い記事を見たら、知らせてください。

現在、生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト内の[amazon]をクリックして購入された本のアフィリエイト・フィーを僕が受け取り、AJFへ寄付する仕組みができています。
このアフィリエイトの仕組みについては、以下を見てください。
 http://www.arsvi.com/b/a.htm
アマゾンを利用される方は、ぜひこの仕組みを活用して、AJFへの寄付につなげてください。

12月は327点(本、PC、DVD、家電、飲料ほかを含む)、692,093円の販売が対象となり、紹介料は32,532円でした。
※ 僕自身は、ノートPCの調子がおかしくなり、チェックしたところ内蔵HDへの端子に問題がある→マザーボード交換が必要という状態だったので、新しいPCを購入しました。
  IT機器のアフィリエイト・フィーは上限が1,000円となっているのですね。残念でした。
2009年1月〜12月のアフィリエイト対象数は4,528点、金額は8,395,180円、アフィリエイト・フィーの総計は、453,547円となっています。
どうもありがとうございます。

○12月に対象数が多かった書籍

南アフリカの衝撃            3冊
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4532260647/ryospage03-22
 帯のコピーが刺激的です。
  アフリカ大陸一の経済力/殺人で年間約2万人が死亡
  世界最大の所得格差/この国でいったい何が起きているのか?

インフルエンザ・ワクチンは打たないで!   3冊
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4575299995/ryospage03-22
 新型インフルエンザが流行しているときだからこそ売れるのでしょうね。
 まず、アマゾンのカスタマーレビューを読んでみてください。

生存権―いまを生きるあなたに       3冊
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4886214789/ryospage03-22

今後も、使っているプリンターのトナーやインク、USBメモリー、またコピー用紙などが必要な際にも、以下の利用法を参照して、アフィリエイトにつながる購入をしてもらえるとうれしいです。
12月28日に10月分アフィリエイト・フィー32,932円を受領し、AJF口座へ振込みました。

アマゾンを利用する際に、以下のいずれかの手順を踏んでもらえると、上記の寄付につがなります。

1)生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト、もしくは僕のウェブサイトにある本のリストから本を選びアマゾンを利用する。
 生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト http://www.arsvi.com
 僕のサイト http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~ls9r-situ

 ※上記いずれかを「お気に入り」もしくは「ブックマーク」登録されると、アフィリエイト利用が簡単になります。

2)生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト内上記のアフィリエイト説明ページ、僕のウェブサイトの各ページにあるアマゾンへのリンクからアマゾンへ入って、本、DVD、CD、PCおよび周辺機器、日用品などを購入する

3)メーリングリスト、mixiで僕が本と一緒に紹介するアマゾンへのリンクを利用する


どうぞよろしく。


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Uganda: Disabled Councillor Earns Sh7.5 Million Annually in Coffee and Cattle

Harriet Kyogabiirwe
6 January 2010

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Kampala - DISABILITY is not inability; Protaz Washaba of Nyamirima Nyabuhikye sub-county in Ibanda district attests to that. The second born in a family of four, Washaba is lame and not at all bothered about it.

"I have no regrets whatsoever for being born lame," says the coffee farmer who also rears cattle. Washaba's right leg was affected by Polio when he was young.

"It has not hindered me from what other people (without disabilities) are able to do to in terms of generating an income. I am able to send my children to good schools, for example my son is in S.4 at Mbarara High School," he proudly adds.

His earnings, about sh7.5m a year, from the coffee and the cattle he rears have enabled him construct an iron-roof clad house. He also relies on his earnings to take care of his family and five other dependants.

The 45-year old is also the representative of disabled people at the sub county level (LC3) and has a diploma in accountancy which he got from Ibanda Light College of Business Studies in 2002.

"I am the only one in my family with a tertiary education qualification, " he says.

Washaba started growing coffee 15 years ago with the help of Ankole Coffee Processors. The farmer is all praises for the coffee processors with whom he has been with since the company came to Ibanda town in 2003.

"I am grateful to the management of Ankole Coffee Processors for teaching us farmers on how to get high yields from our farms," he says.

Before Ankole Coffee Processors came to his town, he says, he did not know that he could harvest coffee twice a year.

"They have really changed our lives in different ways compared to the past when we would get low yields from our farms because of our poor farming methods," Washaba recollects.

The processors give them a higher price compared to other coffee buyers in the area and they go an extra mile to provide free transportation of coffee from farmers to the factory, he adds.

"They transport my coffee freely to their factory so I don't face the transportation costs," Washaba says.

Among the help and advice given to him and other farmers by Ankole Coffee Processors, there is one eye opener he plans to test soon. They were advised not to get swayed by other coffee dealers who entice them with high rates yet their weighing scales are not correct.

"They advised us: Once in a while, weigh yourselves on our scales and know your weight. And then next time the other coffee buyers come to buy from you, first weigh yourselves on their scales and see if the weight tallies," the LC3 Councillor says.

Washaba appeals to all disabled people all over the country to believe in themselves and desist from self-pity. He urges those who sit on the roadside to beg yet they have minor disabilities to find small businesses to operate instead.

His advice to them is: "The more we stay on the roads begging, the more the majority of the population will have less respect for us. When we try to learn from each other with the aim of succeeding, we will prosper."

Washaba hopes to contest for the LC3 Councillor's post at the town council level in the up coming elections because "he has all it needs to stand for the post."

Name: Protaz Washaba

Farm location: Ibanda

Enterprises: Coffee farming and cattle rearing

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201001070036.html




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Minars assists over 800 vulnerable people in Samba Caju

Kwanza Norte - At least 887 vulnerable people benefited, during 2009, from assorted goods in Samba Caju district, northern Kwanza Norte province, said a source from the Social Welfare Ministry (MINARS).

The local representative of the institution, Joao Figueira Paulo, told Angop that the assistance covered 334 elderly, 481 orphans, 49 single mothers, 11 mentally ill, four deaf and eight disabled people, including landmine victims.

The delivered goods include cooking oil, rice, dried fish, corn and others destined to the needy residents in the municipal headquarters and the locality of Samba Lucala.

The source also mentioned material for sewing, carpentry, pottery, shoe and barber’s shop for unemployed youths.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.portalangop.co.ao/motix/en_us/noticias/sociedade/2010/0/1/Minars-assists-over-800-vulnerable-people-Samba-Caju,ff2f33c5-a72c-4132-8e69-4039b3accca7.html




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世界アフリカ言語学会議 (WOCAL) 報告

昨年8月にドイツのケルンで開催された
世界アフリカ言語学会議 (WOCAL) の報告記事が、
下記のとおり刊行されました。

 亀井伸孝・米田信子. 2009.
 「理解と進歩のためのアフリカ言語学: 第6回世界ア
フリカ言語学会議(WOCAL 6)参加報告」
 『アフリカ研究』(日本アフリカ学会): 45-47.

この記事では、前半でアフリカの音声言語の研究動向を、
後半で手話言語の研究動向を紹介しています。

一般書店では手に入りにくいため、
図書館などでごらんいただきましたら幸いです。


■補足
世界アフリカ言語学会議 (WOCAL) は、アフリカの諸言語を、
欧米中心ではなく「アフリカの人たち自身が中心になって研究しよう」
という理念で設立されました。

2009年にはじめて「アフリカ手話言語分科会」が開催され、
多数のアフリカのろう者が参加しました。
規約にも、音声言語と手話言語の両方をあつかうと明記しています。

この大会では、ウガンダのろう者の全体基調講演が含まれるなど、
手話言語を重視する姿勢が明らかになっていました。
ただし、ろう者の希望通りに手話通訳が用意されたわけではないなど、
「大会使用言語としての手話」には、まだ改善の必要性があります。

次回は、2012年にカメルーンで開催される予定です。



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MOZAMBIQUE: Reaching the handicapped with HIV prevention

Photo: Andr? Catueira/PlusNews

The Association of Youth with Disabilites of Mozambique (AJUDEMO) in Tete provides income generation training TETE, 11 January 2010 (PlusNews) - Stefania*, 17, who has been wheelchair-bound since being involved in a traffic accident as a child, likes to go to Celso's, a popular bar in Matundo, a suburb of Tete city in northwestern Mozambique.

>From her vantage point at Celso's she can see the long line of trucks waiting to cross the Zambezi River on one of the few bridges in the region, making Matundo a busy hub for people and merchandise travelling between the port of Beira and Malawi.

Adult HIV prevalence in Mozambique is 16 percent, but what Stefania knows about the disease she has had to learn through her own observations.

"I come here to relax, and I see lots of girls getting into the trucks," she told IRIN/PlusNews. "Some of them have become pregnant, and two of my neighbours have fallen very ill, so having a lot of lovers can end in disgrace."

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 10 percent of Mozambique's 20 million inhabitants have some form of disability, but HIV prevention campaigns have so far ignored the fact that young disabled people are also at risk of infection. The Ministry of Health has put the number of HIV-positive handicapped Mozambicans at around 324, 000.

A 2007 study involving children and young people between 11 and 23 years of age with and without disabilities, by Miracles in Mozambique (MIM), a missionary organization, found that a lack of educational opportunities for disabled people meant they also lacked information about HIV/AIDS, and were especially vulnerable to infection at the beginning of their sexual lives.

Just 10 percent of the disabled respondents knew the difference between the virus (HIV) and the disease (AIDS), and only four percent knew the symptoms of AIDS.

"I know HIV/AIDS exists," said Stefania. "You can get infected by kissing or having sexual relations with someone who's very sick. Other than that, I don't know any other ways of getting infected."

The MIM study also revealed that AIDS campaigns did not take into account some of the basic needs of those living with handicaps by, for example, using sign language to reach the hearing impaired, or publishing information in oversized type or Braille for the visually impaired.

"We've registered cases of sexual abuse against disabled people," said S?rgio Reis, president of the Mozambican Association of Youths With Disabilities (AJUDEMO) in Tete.

"There is still a low level of knowledge about the disease, which is allied to the campaigns' lack of effectiveness. People with disabilities are a part of this world and are also victims of the misfortunes that befall this society."

Educating to inform

AJUDEMO has been working with various partners in Tete and the neighbouring city of Moatize to include people living with disabilities in AIDS initiatives and turn them into activists.

"The activists are trained and given the task of identifying other handicapped people in their neighbourhoods, and planning interventions based on their individual needs and capacities," said Reis.

Conversations with the intellectually handicapped are kept simple and direct, sign language interpreters design programmes for the deaf, and the blind are taught how to handle condoms. The activists also help disabled people overcome structural barriers at medical centres so that they can access HIV counselling, testing and treatment.

Handicap International, in partnership with the Forum of Mozambican Associations for the Disabled (FAMOD), has also advocated the construction of ramps to ease access to health facilities for the wheelchair-bound. Income-generation projects to reduce begging - which makes disabled people even more vulnerable - are also being set up.

Ignoring the facts on AIDS and disability

"Disabled people living with HIV face so many challenges"

The Tete Sports Association for Disabled People is using tournaments and musical shows to reach disabled people with messages about HIV and AIDS.
Ilton Qualquer, an association member, said many disabled people attended and participated in the tournaments, and felt more at ease in expressing themselves at such events.

Stefania was eager for more information, commenting: "If I had knowledge and were trained as an AIDS activist, I would help a lot of girls from my neighbourhood and other disabled people to take care of themselves and lead a healthy life."

*Not her real name

ac/cb/ks/he

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.plusnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=87697




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ブルキナファソ:ブルキナ女性障害者団体全国連合(UNAFEHB)−2年間の運営を詳細に調査

2010年1月11日、Issa BEBANE

ブルキナ女性障害者団体全国連合(UNAFEHB)は、執行部の任期の中間報告を作
成するため、2010年1月8日、Ouagadougouにて総会を開催した。主として財政及
び倫理活動に関する報告が問題となった。
約2年間の運営の後、ブルキナ女性障害者団体全国連合(UNAFEHB)は、自身の執
行部の報告を評価するため、小休止する。
そのため連合は2010年1月8日Ouagadougouにて総会を開催、43の団体のメン
バーが集まり総会に参加した。この総会において、組織の財政及び倫理活動報告
が議題となった。
ブルキナ女性障害者団体全国連合(UNAFEHB)代表のMarie-Madeleine Tour?は、
この会合によって、彼女達の団体またその展望における、長所と短所とが明らか
になるだろうと述べている。
Tour?代表の言によれば、多くの活動が進められた。その中でも注目に値するの
は、メンバー達のエイズ啓発運動、キャパシティー強化運動、つまり女性障害者
達のニーズを考慮するにあたっての権利及び弁護の知識を得るための、メンバー
達の養成である。
Tour?代表はまた、ブルキナ女性障害者団体全国連合のメンバーが直面している
問題を指摘した。それは非識字と雇用の問題である。これに関して、
Marie-Madeleine Tour?は、国の最高機関に対し、こういった女性たちを社会の
様々なプロジェクトの中に取り込むよう勧告している。

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://fr.allafrica.com/stories/printable/201001111333.html




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New law to ease life for disabled

12 Jan 2010
By Walter Menya

After years of relying on the generosity of their able-bodied family members and friends, persons with disability in Kenya have cause to welcome the new year with smiles.

Soon, they will be able to access public buildings, operate public telephones and board public service vehicles (PSVs) on their own, thanks to a 2003 Act of Parliament that came into effect almost seven years later.

Nominated councillor and founder of Kenyan Paraplegic Organisation Timothy Wetang’ula said this is the best thing to happen to the 1.6 million Kenyans who live with disabilities. “I think it’s great because I have had to depend on fellow councillors for long at City Hall where I work,” he said.

Gender and Children’s Affairs minister Esther Murugi designated January 1, 2010, as the date sections of the Persons with Disabilities Act (2003) started to come into effect. The sections of the Act that have become operational from New Year’s Day include 22, 23, 24, 35 (1), 35 (2), 39 and 40.

Among the Act’s provisions, owners of public buildings will now have to adjust them to suit disabled persons. This includes setting up ramps for those in wheel hairs and other adjustments “in such manner as may be specified by the council”.

Owners of such buildings have until 2015 to implement this requirement. But PSV operators are required to adapt their vehicles to suit persons with disabilities by 2012.

Income tax

The law also exempts persons with disabilities from paying income tax or any levy on their incomes provided they apply for a waiver. Section 35 (1) of the Act says: “All persons with disabilities who are in receipt of an income may apply to the minister responsible for finance for exemption from income tax and any other levies on such income.”

With the exception of popular Mexican soaps and other foreign programmes, the Act, in section 39, makes it mandatory for television stations to “provide a sign language inset or sub-titles in all newscasts and educational programmes, and in all programmes covering events of national significance.”

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.nation.co.ke/News/-/1056/841020/-/vpac29/-/




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Miss deaf off to Las Vegas

By NTOMBI MHLONGO on January 13,2010

Miss Deaf Swaziland Simphiwe Magagula.

MBABANE - Reigning Miss Deaf Swaziland Simphiwe Magagula will be headed to the gambling capital of the world Las Vegas for Miss Deaf International.

Las Vegas is a city located in the state of Nevada in the United States and is an internationally renowned resort city for gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment and so on.
The contest is different from the Miss Deaf World which was held in the Czech Republic in Europe in that it is organised by Americans.

Magagula’s imminent participation in the pageant was confirmed by her mentor and teacher Sizwe Ndlela, who said they received the invitation a few weeks ago.
“We are very happy because she will travel again. She missed out on the modelling opportunity because she was busy with school work and I also had commitments in South Africa. But this time we will make sure that she goes,” Ndlela said.

At the moment, Ndlela is preparing a proposal which will be sent to the Deputy Prime Minister’s (DPM) Office for assistance.
Asked how the young queen reacted to the news, he said she was totally elated, more so because she will get a chance to represent the country for the second time.

“I wont lie to you she can’t wait and I hope everything will work out, ” he said.
Magagula is no newcomer to the big stage. Last year, she made history by becoming the first African to win the Miss Deaf World 2009’s First princess title. The contest was held in Prague, Czech Republic.

Contestants from over 40 countries will be competing to win the crown.
According to its website, 30 countries have already shown interest and the competition is expected to begin as soon on July 14.The contestants will be competing on two levels. First will be the preliminary judging that will take place during the Deaf Nation World Deaf Expo week at the Sands Convention Centre.

The second level of competition will be during the finale, where the finalists will compete for the Miss Deaf International title.
There will be a spectacular swimsuit competition the evening of July 22 by the poolside at the Treasure Island Hotel.

Assessment
The pageant will include four competing categories: private interview, swimsuit competition, artistic expression, and assessment of leadership abilities.
The co-founders of the pageant are Bonita Leek (CEO) and Timothy Trotto.

The Miss Deaf International,Inc is an organisation that pledges to empower, enhance and support today’s ever changing and ever growing community of Deaf Women.
As an organisation committed to excellence, its aim is to provide a platform for deaf contestants to demonstrate not only their unique talents, intellect and beauty, but their overall personal and humanitarian goals.

The winner of this competition will be viewed as an Ambassador of the Deaf community. The role of Miss Deaf International Inc. requires genuine dedication as she will not only travel to meet with important leaders, but embody educational, social, and intellectual values of women everywhere.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.times.co.sz/index.php?news=13564




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SLUDI President on the rights of the disabled

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The President of Sierra Leone Union on Disability Issues (SLUDI), Kabbah Franklyn Bangura, has stated that it was time people stopped focusing on the needs of persons with disabilities and pay more attention on their rights. He was speaking after the completion of an international conference on the rights of the disabled held in Germany.

He said over the years, the trends on issues of disabilities had been linked to too much on solidarity and little or no attention on the need to guarantee the rights of the disabled. He said some of the critical things they looked at in the conference were the rights and dignity of disables and an equal opportunity for all categories of society.

Mr. Bangura also said: “the perception of people on disabilities is still very abysmal in this country. We are far lagging behind compared to other countries like Germany in terms of improving the conditions of persons with disabilities.” He maintained that social inclusion and marginalization had been added perils of the disabled in Sierra Leone.

The SLUDI President continued that even development agencies should strive to mainstream disabled issues as matters of priority and not as charitable objectives. He said as the country prepares to enact its first Disabled Bill and Commission, there was need for them as disabled to as he puts it “be united.”

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://awoko.org/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=7499&cntnt01returnid=15




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Govt accused of flouting rule on disabled

14 Jan 2010

The Public Service Commission has been accused of flouting a government directive requiring that it gives employment preference to persons with disabilities.

An official of an non-governmental organisation, Vitalis Were, Thursday said it had become difficult to implement the provisions of the Disability Act of 2003 that requires that an organisation’s workforce should be composed of at least five per cent of persons with disabilities.

“If the Public Service Commission has not even implemented this requirement, then it is too much to expect the private sector to comply,” said Mr Were, the chairman of the board of Action Network for the Disabled, a newly established NGO.

He spoke at the Serena Hotel during the official launch of the organisation, until recently a community-based organisation.

He regretted that despite the enactment of the Act, little has been done in implementing its progressive provisions.

“What is the point of having laws that cannot be implemented?” he posed, suggesting that the Act be anchored in the constitution to prevent malicious politicians from undoing the advancements in improving the welfare of the marginalised groups.

Although the Act allows for tax exemption to disabled persons, Dr Samuel Tororey questioned a new proposal to cap tax exemption at Sh150,000 monthly.

“Is Sh150,000 a magical number? Why not at Sh1 million?” he asked.

But Youth Affairs and Sports Assistant minister, Kabando wa Kabando, said a lot progress was being made to implement provisions of the Disability Act, citing several ways his ministry has done so.

“I agree that we have no need of formulating new laws and policies if previous ones are being disregarded. We need to increase advocacy for full implementation of the Act,” he said.

Mr Henry Ochido, a programmes manager at the sector regulator, the NGOs Coordination Board, cautioned NGOs against operating outside their code of conduct.

“We are there to regulate and make it possible for you to implement your objectives in line with the law,” he said.

In the past, some NGOs have been found to engage in activities that are contrary to their stated objectives when seeking registration at the Board.

Some have had to be deregistered whereas others are made to pay hefty fines to escape cancellation of their licenses.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.nation.co.ke/News/-/1056/841964/-/vpaj81/-/




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Nigeria: 2011 - Deaf and Dumb Join Suswam's Campaign

Godwin Akor
15 January 2010

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No fewer than 100 members of the deaf and dumb association in Benue State on Wednesday assembled at the Government house gate to ask Governor Gabriel Suswam to include them in his campaign team for 2011.

Led by their chairman and secretary, Messrs Tardoo Amande and Tivde Ingya, the deaf and dumb who submitted written demands at the gate and gave copies to journalists, said they would need a vehicle to energize them for the 2011 project.

They also requested the governor to provide employment for their educated members, saying such gesture would improve their status and integrate them into the larger society.

The deaf and dumb urged Suswam to appoint one of them as special assistant, emphasizing that such a person would ensure effective communication between the association and the state government.

They lamented that the deaf and dumb have remained vulnerable to drug addiction, promiscuity and other forms of societal ills and appealed to the governor to consider improving their general welfare.

They said the executive secretary of the state's rehabilitation board, Mrs Nancy Biam, lacks the resources with which to cater for their needs and asked for increased funding of the establishment.

While commending the governor for transforming the state, the disabled pleaded with him to provide them with office accommodation for the coordination of their activities.

At the time of filing this report, government officials at the government house were seen taking statistics of the deaf and dumb who carried placards to press home their demands.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201001150336.html




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Daku: Unhindered by disability

Friday, 15 January 2010 00:00 Yekeen
Nurudeen

ABILITY, it is said, is in every disability.
Ahmad Mohammad Dako, 37, is an example of that. He exudes confidence and displays the never say die spirit. To so many who are not well acquainted with the Gombe State-born broadcaster, he cuts a pitiable figure on his wheelchair where he has been confined to for the larger part of his life.

As far as the father of three is concerned, he does not need sympathy, rather, he wants to be treated like every other human being because according to him “a disabled man did not choose to be one.”

Speaking with the Nigerian Compass in Abuja, Daku, who is the head of Hausa Service at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Abuja, said that he had never seen himself as a disabled man since he realised his physical condition.

This, he said, was why he, unlike many in his shoes, refused to give in to begging but went to acquire formal education.

A graduate of Business Administration at the Kaduna Polytechnic, Daku who in May last year married a second wife, an 18-year-old lady, said he was given his present job by the former Minister of Information, Prof Jerry Gana and the then Director of Kaduna National Station of FRCN, Mr Mohammed Ardo, an engineer.

On whether he was born crippled, Daku said that his grandfather told him he was born a normal human being. He said that his present condition was induced by a poliomyelitis attack while he was three years old.

Since 1998 that he joined the services of FRCN, the man who is also a leader of an association of the physically-challenged, disclosed that he never experienced discrimination from the public.

While saying that life has really being fair to him despite his physical condition, he also said that going to school though, was pretty difficult, he enjoined the support and understanding of a lot of people.
That explains why immediately after his service year in 1998, he was given an appointment by the Federal Government to work at the FRCN.

Though married already, Daku said his second marriage was a serious competition as he slugged it out with three able-bodied men before he got the hands of the lady in marriage.

He said: “I married my second wife in May and it was a success because I contested with three other men to marry the woman and the lady said I ’m the one she would marry because I’m disabled. So I defeated the able-bodied men hands down, three of them. The lady is 18 years old, a secondary school leaver and she has enrolled at the University of Abuja.”

What will he be doing after retirement, especially that he is physically -challenged?
He said he had over 200 cows in his ranch at his Gombe State home. “I’m a cattle rearer, a Fulani man, I have my own ranch where I have over 200 cows,” Daku said.

On begging by many physically-challenged people, Daku noted that though both Islam and Christianity frown at begging as a means of livelihood, he said he had always encouraged members of the disabled association to enrol in school to acquire skills such as tailoring, knitting among others for them to be independent.

His words: “I always tell our people that hope is not lost; let them learn some skills, knitting and whatever that would empower them.”

But he was also full of praises to the government over its involvement of people with physical disabilities in most of its programmes.

Daku said: “The government has been encouraging the physically- challenged people to go to school so that they can have skills and stop begging. Begging is not good, both Islam and Christianity frown at begging. But do know that those that are begging are doing so to earn a living because there is nothing for them to do. The government is trying to involve us in its programmes.”

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.compassnews.net/Ng/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=38607:daku-unhindered-by-disability&catid=38:life-a-style&Itemid=689




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Nigeria: Citizens Have Learnt Great Lessons From Civil War - Col Anwunah

17 January 2010

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NIGERIANS, no doubt, must have learnt their lessons from the Briafra - Nigeria 30-month bloody war which ravaged and shook the foundation of the country especially the old eastern region inhabited mainly by Ndigbo where the impact was worst felt.

"I believe many people have learnt their lessons," declared then Quarter Master General of the defunct Biafran Army, Col. Patrick Anwunah during a chat with Sunday Champion in Lagos.

Anwunah, who reflected on the civil war 40 years after it ended, repeatedly told our reporter: "Those who haven't learnt their lessons should not try to provoke war in order to learn."

He said war has never been a sweet thing either in the past or in the future, stressing that those who have ears to hear, will always hear and learn their lessons, while those who don't want to learn may not bother to either hear or learn. "War has never been sweet for anybody both the attacker and the attacked. So nobody derives any enjoyment from fighting.
In fact, fighting disrupts normal life," he said point-blank.

On the attitude of society towards the wounded veterans of the war who are camped at Orji River local government area of Enugu state, Col. Anwunah recalled that he once visited with some journalists the wounded veterans when he presented some gifts to them in order to give them some sense of belonging.

He said both the federal and state governments should assist not just wounded war veterans but also all handicapped people in the society. "I believe every state should be able to do something for its handicapped persons. Then at the federal level, if any state requires federal help, I see no reason why they cannot go to the federal government to seek for special assistance. But I believe every state should be interest in looking after its handicapped persons," he said.

Speaking specifically on then Federal Military government policy of three "Rs" - Reconciliation, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation - a programme initiated soon after the war by the General Yakubu Gowon regime, the ex-Biafran Quarter Master General said the policy has been fully implemented, adding that even the South East zone has been fully reintegrated into the mainstream of the Nigerian project.

"There's been wonderful reconciliation all round, both national, corporate, tribal, individual, personal. There has been reconciliation going on and it has gone very, very well," said Col. Anwunah, who quickly added: "Then on Reconstruction, there are no more war-torn buildings or houses anywhere; you can't see any. So all the reconstructions have already taken place many, many years ago."

Col. Anwunah, who is now a lawyer, also said even the Rehabilitation aspect of the policy has equally been achieved except for some few wounded people who still need full rehabilitation. "May be you could say there are few wounded people both in Nigeria and Biafra, like any other handicapped persons need attention. Wounded veterans, handicapped people need attention anywhere and everywhere in the world," he told Sunday Champion.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201001180788.html




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Kingscourt woman helps disabled in the Congo

Mags Gargan in an IDP camp outside the village of Bogoro surrounded by some of the camp's children.
"They came during the night and when we tried to escape, they started shooting and cutting people with machetes," says Claudine. "I was left for dead until the morning." Seriously wounded in a rebel attack on her village, Claudine had to have her leg amputated. "My husband abandoned me when they removed my leg," she says. "My brother-in-law took me in at first, then my cousin found me and took me in, but it was difficult for them to accept me because I could not contribute anything. They thought I was useless and I was neglected. So now I live with a friend, and I am concentrating on tailoring and making my independence."

Today Claudine is learning tailoring skills under Synergie Simama, a collection of religious and community groups that came together to serve people with disabilities sustained in ethnic fighting around the city of Bunia in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

DRC should be a tropical paradise. It has more potential than any other African nation with resources like diamonds, gold, timber, minerals and rich agricultural land. Yet through internal corruption, ethnic violence and meddling from neighbouring countries, much of the land is lawless and the majority of the population lives in poverty.

Ireland has had a historical connection with DRC since Roger Casement's damning report on behalf of Britain's foreign affairs office in 1904, which accused the Belgian authorities of committing atrocities that led to three million deaths. While in 1960, Irish troops were deployed there in the first UN peacekeeping mission in the chaotic aftermath of independence from Belgium. Ireland continues to assist DRC today through funding provided by Irish Aid.

The Christian Blind Mission (CBM Ireland), based in Monaghan, uses government aid to fund grassroots projects in Eastern DRC that help people with disability to rebuild their lives after the affects of the conflict.

Since last year security in DRC has stabilised when a government and UN combined offensive drove the rebel militias back into hiding. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has begun the process of closing displacement camps and the international charities that funded emergency relief are leaving the country. However, for charities working with people who have been disabled in the conflict, this is when their work truly begins.

Yvonne Bura, a counsellor with Synergie Simama, says that the people physically injured in the conflict have also been psychologically traumatised.

"The participants in our training centres sleep in class because they are too frightened to sleep at night. Many of the women are abandoned by their husbands and some of them are sent into town by the family to beg for money. What we do here is useless if they are not taken care of at home.

"We need to change the family's attitude to accept them, and not to try and get something out of them, and the best solution is to integrate them into the community. Through this training they can contribute to the family, and the goal is for them to teach their new skill to at least one family member and, through this process, they learn to value themselves."

Empowering people with disability to be self-reliant is as important as providing medical care says Kalongo Rwabikanga, the co-ordinator of Synergie Simama.

As well as providing medical and rehabilitative care, they seek to contribute to poverty reduction by funding the socio-economical integration of people with disability through community income generating activities.

"Disability goes with all other aspects in the local community," Kalongo says. "Poverty is one of the aspects that make people disabled, that's the reason why apart from just concentrating on issues regarding disability we take the opportunity to take on other aspects of life. It is useless for us, and a waste of resources, if we just focus on disability without seeing how we can prevent disability."

Synergie Simama funds a training programme run by members of the community in the village of Bogoro outside Bunia. This was the site of an ethnic massacre in 2003 in which more than 200 people were killed, and two alleged militia leaders are currently under trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague for the atrocity. Meanwhile in a small training centre at the edge of Bogoro, local people, displaced people and people with disability from all the local ethnic groups are working side-by-side learning tailoring, welding, carpentry and small- scale farming.

"We focus on how the community can rise up and improve their living standards," Kalongo says. "We want to help people to contribute and earn some income to support our activities because the need is too big to rely on international aid alone. We aim to mobilise people to work together to contribute and improve the living standards for not only people with disability, but also the entire community. Once we manage to empower the community to come up with income generating activities, then the people with disability will be helped by the community itself."

Ngozi is 18 years old and lives at the Bogoro training centre with his sister. He was discovered in a nearby displacement camp by a community field team. He lost both his legs when he stepped on a landmine in 2007.
His injuries were devastating and left him completely dependent on his friends and family. "I could not afford a wheelchair so I had to crawl with my hands," he says. "Everyone neglected me, apart from my mother, and they looked down on me because I could do nothing for myself."

Last year a looting militia attacked Ngozi's village and he escaped with the help of friends who carried him away. On joining the project in Bogoro his independence was returned when he received a tricycle wheelchair. He is now training in welding and hopes to set up his own business.

"Overall I am very grateful to God," he says. "Before I couldn't manage to survive on my own, I had no hope. Now through the help I am receiving here, I can finally be self-reliant."

This article was supported with a grant from the Simon Cumbers Fund operated by Irish Aid.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.anglocelt.ie/news/features/articles/2010/01/18/3993992-kingscourt-woman-helps-disabled-in-the-congo/




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A Deaf Role Model in Western Africa

December 10, 2009

Impetus to action

The beautiful name of the former French colony C?te d'Ivoire (also known as Ivory Coast) and its serene landscapes starkly contrast with the country's harsh living conditions. How does one survive in a country with a life expectancy of 43 years, literacy rate of 51% and a continuous political turmoil?

Especially if one is deaf? It's more than just a challenge.

Today's passionate leader of the deaf and disability community in C?te d'Ivoire, Yede Adama Sanogo recalls his experience.

Yede: "I became deaf in 1990 as a result of meningitis. In this year, I successfully finished my primary study, but the administration of the secondary school refused to accept my application because of my deafness.
So I stayed home and did not go to school. Then my parents and social workers lobbied the Ministry of National Education. Finally, after a year of lobbying, the Ministry allowed me to go to regular school."

Yede Adama Sanogo at the traning "Mainstreaming and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in Africa"

In C?te d'Ivoire there are no special secondary schools for the deaf.
For 11 years in regular school without hearing aids and sign language interpreters, Yede faced quite a bit of discrimination. He then realized that he was to face lots of barriers for the rest of his life.
Officially, Yede was the first deaf person to attend regular school. He graduated with all possible certificates, and after continuing education in a regular high school, got a senior training certificate in management and data processing. Now he works, responsible for the Computer Department at a primary Ivorian school for the deaf.

What's more, Yede being as enthusiastic as he is, became a youth deaf leader in the deaf movement at the age of 18. Then he became a Vice President of AISPD (a deaf organization), General Secretary of NGO Handicap Alliance International (a cross disability organization promoting Sign Language and deaf education), and finally, the Vice President of cross disability organization FAHCI that represents Disabled People's International in Cote d'Ivoire). Disabled Peoples International (DPI) certified Yede in Anti-discrimination and advocacy in relation to Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
After the DPI and Japan International Cooperation Agency training on empowerment of persons with disabilities in Africa, Yede created a program, "Society Without Barriers - C?te d'Ivoire," which you can learn about at www.swbproject.webs.com.

Empowerment of disability movement leaders for promoting UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

? Deaf = Dumb ?

It was not only from personal experience that urged Yede to lead the disability movement. He all too often had witnessed biased attitudes towards deaf people.

Yede: "There are two main attitudes to deaf people here. First, society thinks that deafness is a curse and deaf people cannot be good persons.
Before I got married, relatives of my wife objected to our union because I am deaf. Another example: a father of my friend organized a family party and invited his VIP acquaintances. During the party, father introduced all his children to his VIP friends, except for the deaf one (my friend). In other families, parents usually shut their deaf relatives in a room when they go out or when they have visitors. It's a shame for them to have deaf relatives?

Yede at the workshop with a deaf AISPD association on managing disability organisations in a time of crisis.

"Second, society thinks that deaf people cannot do anything or succeed.
It makes no sense to invest in them. I work in deaf school and often see parents who refuse paying for their deaf kid because "that is not important". They often say: "I have already spent enough money in the school of his brother/sister (hearing). For him, I have no money. What can a deaf person do after studies anyway? What's the use?" "When I was in regular secondary school, teachers and pupils often told me: "You cannot succeed because you are deaf." Historically, many people in C?te d'Ivoire think deaf people are 'dumb'!"

A deeply rooted sense of justice urged Yede and his organizations to start raising public awareness about hearing loss, sign language and deaf people's needs in 2000. Since then, the attitudes have been slowly but steadily changing.

A glimpse into the reality

In C?te d'Ivoire, there is only one primary school for the deaf. No special secondary schools or special universities. After the primary school, all young deaf people who want to continue their studies, apply for regular school. Some so-called "integrated" schools are not, in fact, integrated, because teachers do not know sign language, and sign language interpreters and needed accommodations are not provided.

Yede: "After secondary school, youngsters can apply to regular high school and university. Generally there are no major problems with admission. All problems start in the classroom! How can deaf students have equal opportunities to access teaching? There is no sign language interpretation available. How deaf students can have equal opportunities to receive a good education or training? It even happens that some teachers refuse to accept deaf students in their class or neglect them."

In the educational field, they distinguish between three groups of the hearing impaired: "deaf and mute," deaf people who can speak (not born deaf or became deaf later), and hard of hearing people. No "deaf and mute" person has managed to reach as far as high school or university.
It is only the deaf who can speak, and the hard of hearing who often reach those levels.

As for jobs, there is only one opportunity: deaf and hard of hearing graduates of colleges/universities can be recruited at public administrations without exams and accordingly with a quota set by the government for people with disabilities. Other deaf people earn money from small and unstable jobs. Some deaf people depend on their family.
And a few deaf people earn a living by begging.

There are no welfare benefits. The law of mainstreaming people with disabilities in C?te d'Ivoire provides for that, but was not implemented yet.

Disability movement and deaf struggle

The disability movement of C?te d'Ivoire launched in 1978, but it was a long time until deaf people made their voice heard in 1991. Deaf persons had no voice in decision-making. It was only the teachers or principals of the deaf school who could represent deaf people. Ivorian people with a hearing loss decided: "Let's create our first association!" This is how the National Association of the Deaf (Association Nationale des Sourds de C?te d'Ivoire) was founded in 1991.

The Ivorian Association of the Deaf for the Promotion and Defense was created in 1999 to reinforce the deaf movement. In 2005, deaf people and Sign Language Interpreters also created the NGO Handicap Alliance International. The activities were centered in the capital, Abidjan, and lobbying the government paid off successfully.

The biggest challenges for deaf people are: to change societal attitudes, to have access to education, and to break communication barriers by promoting sign language.

Yede: "I can be proud of our new achievements - sign language class for hearing people and interpretation of TV news in sign language (daily at 1:30 pm). I am also proud of these projects that our deaf organizations are trying to achieve in C?te d'Ivoire: building a second primary school for deaf kids and an integrative college for deaf students; pushing forward the Action Plan for the Promotion of Sign Language, and creating inclusive school for deaf students.

"I often said:
'I was not born disabled but God made me disabled. My disability is not a curse but a blessing. My life is to overcome the barriers. And to bring the change for a society where everyone will live without discrimination.'"

Yes,Yede, we can.

? Copyrighted material, used by permission. This article can not be copied, reproduced, or redistributed without the express written consent of the author.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.i711.com/my711.php?tab=2&article=311




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School environment must be made friendly to the disabled

Date: 21-Jan-2010

A day’s workshop designed to discuss ways of making the school environment friendly to physically handicapped children has been held in Kumasi.

It was organized by the Ghana Education Service (GES) with support from the Ghana National Commission on Children and United Nations Educational and Scientific Organization (UNESCO)

Twenty education officers drawn from three Obuasi Municipality, Ejisu- Juaben and Sekyere South districts attended.

Ms Rosemond Blay, Director in-charge of Special Education Division, said this formed part of the “Inclusive Education (I.E) Programme” they had launched to help remove the social stigma suffered by persons with disability.

She said by mainstreaming them into the education system the negative perceptions of society could change.

Ms Blay said she was happy that attention is now being focused on disability issues, adding that, everything should be done to maintain the momentum.

She spoke of the determination of the GES to build the capacity of education officers for successful implementation of the I.E programme and change the attitude of society towards persons with disability.

The I.E programme targets the marginalized, vulnerable and disadvantaged kids for integration into the mainstream education system.

Mr Joseph Kwabena Onyinah, Ashanti Regional Director of Education, said there was the need to properly harness the talents, skills and potentials of the physically challenged for national development.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://news.peacefmonline.com/education/201001/36980.php




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Project to create 1,200 jobs

Luanda - A project named Liga e Veja Aqui was launched, this week here, to provide about 1,200 jobs, in an initiative of the Association of Disabled People of Angola (Anda) and Infrasat Communication firm, Angop has learnt.

The launching of the project took place in the fringes of the signing of a co-operation accord between the two institutions.

It comprises the social reinsertion of disabled people, through which they will sell kits of services with UAU TV and Liga Liga universal telephones of Infrasat firm.

The project will start in the provinces of Luanda, Huambo and Kwanza- Sul and has also the institutional support of the Ministry of Mail and Telecommunications.

Anda was created 18 years ago and has 153,000 members all over the country.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.portalangop.co.ao/motix/en_us/noticias/economia/2010/0/3/Project-create-200-jobs,86466d5b-1b8d-47a4-beb3-0711085a9648.html




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公開シンポジウム「関西からアフリカのエイズ問題を考える」

第3回 関西からアフリカのエイズ問題を考える

京都府国際センター会議室(京都駅ビル9階)
2010年1月23日(土)14:00−16:30(13:30開場)
※参加費は無料ですが、申込みが必要です(申し込み方法は下記)。

アフリカのHIV/AIDS問題を考えることは、日本のHIV/AIDS問題を考えることでも
あります。アフリカで生活するHIV陽性者の経験から私たちは何を学べるのか。
在日アフリカ人は、HIV/AIDSについてどのような支援を必要としているのか。ま
た日本のHIV/AIDS対策が抱えている問題とは何か。それぞれのフィールド経験か
ら語られる、3つの講演をもとに、私たちができることを考えたいと思います。

■プログラム
第1部 講演(14:00−15:30)
「HIVとともに生きる社会の経験―日本とアフリカをつなぐもの」
西真如 (京都大学/アフリック・アフリカ)
「在日アフリカ人コミュニティへのエイズ啓発の現状と課題」
川田薫(エイズ予防財団)
「関西におけるHIV陽性者支援の現状と課題」
繁内幸治(BASE KOBE)

第2部 討論(15:45−16:30)
「アフリカと日本のエイズ問題をともに考える」
司会:斉藤龍一郎(アフリカ日本協議会)

■日時と場所
第3回「関西からアフリカのエイズ問題を考える」
【日 時】2010年1月23日(土)14:00-16:30(13:30開場)
【会 場】財団法人京都府国際センター会議室(京都駅ビル9階)
【住 所】〒600-8216京都市下京区烏丸通塩小路下ル京都駅ビル9階
TEL : 075-342-5000 FAX : 075-342-5050
【アクセス】JR京都駅南北自由通路百貨店側エレベーターで9階へ
【地 図】http://www.kpic.or.jp/

■お申込み方法
参加は無料ですが、お申込みが必要です。参加のお申込みは、アフリカ
日本協議会事務局で承っています。「関西からアフリカのエイズ問題を
考える参加申し込み」の件名で<info@ajf.gr.jp>までお申込ください。
また、電話・FAXでも受付しております。(担当:アフリカ日本協議会 斉藤)

E-mail: info@ajf.gr.jp
Tel:03-3834-6902 Fax:03-3834-6903

■主催者
(特活)アフリック・アフリカ
(特活)アフリカ日本協議会
(財) 京都府国際センター



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障害者のための就職フェアを開催 エジプト

2010年1月27日 20:00

成功者からのアドバイス、面接の方法などを伝授

今日、若者が仕事を探すいろいろな「仕事フェア」は、広範囲になり始めた。だ
が今まで、障害者を対象とする仕事フェアを聞いたことがあるだろうか。エジプ
トで2009年 12月29日、障害者のために初めて仕事フェアを「700万人もの障害者
の運動」とEl-Sawy CultureWheelが協力して開催した。

仕事フェアのプログラムは、社会で成功したモデルを紹介することから始め、肉
体的および精神的な障害にもかかわらず、誰もが仕事で認められ、社会に役立つ
メンバーとなっている。 障害者のために、自身の活動と求人案内を確立し、将
来の計画についてスピーチした。

イベントでは、障害者の才能を示したタレントたちのショーもあった。就職面接
の準備ができる方法についての講義をし、フェアを終えた。

フェアの狙いは「全雇用者のうち5%を障害者に」

「この就職フェアの狙いは、あらゆる会社で障害者を5%雇用すること」と、
「700万人もの障害者の運動」の創設者の1人、Lobna Atefは主張する。

実際、5%を適用しない理由は、多くの会社が少額の税金を払うのを好むことに
ある。そして、障害者を雇用するよりはむしろ100L.Eエジプトポンドを払ってい
る。Atefは、なんとか障害を克服し、成功をいろいろなフィールドにおいて成し
遂げることができたモデルに集中したいと付け加えた。「障害がある人々には、
社会によって無視されてきたいくつかの能力と技術がある。しかし、我々はこれ
らの可能性を証明する機会を必要とする。残念なことに、1つの会社しか、フェ
アに参加しなかった。本当に、この仕事フェアはまさにスタートで、より多くの
会社が将来、参加することを望む」
出席者の声は

23歳で、哲学を学んだ新卒学生、サハル・オマールはこう語っている。

「エジプトの障害者問題は、十分に社会に溶け込めないことだ。人々は特別な扱
いをする。どんな障害者にとっても本当につらい。僕は、障害者のための先生と
して働くことを夢見ていて、助けたい。生きて、働く権利を求める。いかなる財
政援助も欲しくない」
組織と有名人のスピーチ内容

Mousheera Antar,、Integration and AwarenessのためのWayanaインターナショ
ナル財団のコーチトレーナーは、何人かの障害者が求人案内を見つけるのを援助
したといい、こう語った。

「主な狙いは、障害者が社会で完全に溶け込めるよう、援助することです。我々
は、1つの人生を送っている1つの社会です。だから、エジプトで障害者のイメー
ジを変える必要があります」

一方、Nabil Faoruk博士、有名なエジプトの作家は、イベントに出席し、スピー
チで訴えかけた。「障害者は、社会のイメージに抵抗しなければならない」

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://news.leaf-hide.jp/news_MQ5mhZF8x.html

【付記2】5%という数字の出所に関して
同国の法律で5%という数字が定められているようです。また障害者の比率10%のうち、子供が半分 だから成人は残りの半分ということで、5%という数字が出て来ているようです。




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Cnidah donates goods to disabled people

Luanda- The National Inter-Sectorial Commission of De-mining and Humanitarian Assistance (CNIDAH), delivered Friday in Luanda diverse consumption goods for disabled people at the Morro Bento gathering centre.

The offer includes 247 bags of rice of five kilos, 450 spaghetti, 40 bags of sugar, 25 boxes of milk and an equal number of oil, among others.

On the occasion, the coordinator of the subcommittee of assistance and reintegration of landmine victims of CNIDAH, Madalena Neto, said this donation will serve to minimize some of the difficulties that this centre has faced.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.portalangop.co.ao/motix/en_us/noticias/politica/2010/0/4/Cnidah-donates-goods-disabled-people,e20678b4-6be4-493e-8d02-5dcff21d2130.html




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Ghana: Government Urged to Show Commitment to Disability

Basiru Adam
29 January 2010

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If by the Third Meeting of the Second Session of this Parliament, the Mental Health Bill is not laid before the house, we must conclude that this administration is equally not committed, the Chief Psychiatrist of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, Dr. Akwasi Osei has said.

Speaking at the launch of a campaign on the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Dr. Osei, in a passionate tone, said policy makers must feel ashamed anytime another person, by virtue of their lack of action, becomes mentally deranged in the country.

He said it was unfortunate that the law, which if passed, has the potential of changing Ghana's mental health delivery system for the better, was still pending.

Under the current system, noted Dr. Osei, a lot of money is spent on feeding patients abandoned in the three psychiatric hospitals, where already struggling families are unable to travel from different parts of the country to feed them on regular basis.

Mental rehabilitation must therefore become more community based where the patient does not have to spend so much time in an institution in order to recover, added Dr.Osei.

More important, noted the Chief Psychiatrist, Ghana, a country striving to attain middle income status, needs to take issues of mental health seriously, adding that increased psychological traumas are an inevitable part of any society that is on the fast lane of socio-economic transformation.

But in Ghana, mental sickness is seen only in terms of the naked men and women abandoned to their fate on the streets and under subways. A lot of people thus shy away from seeking help for stress and other psychological problems. As such the true picture of the magnitude of the situation in the country is not known.

Dr. Osei believes though that the impending law is adequately crafted to deal with the aforementioned challenges and that it is high time the bill moved from the Ministry of Health to cabinet for onward submission to parliament.

Related to the Mental Health Bill is the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPWD).

Ghana, as usual, is said to have signed onto the convention but is yet to ratify it. And according to Mr. Yaw Ofori Debrah of the Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD), "...as we all know signing up to a document does not make it compulsory on the country. They should do the honorable thing so we can all make reference to it [the convention] as the ultimate protector of persons with disability."

The convention in question came into force in May 2008 and according to the UN it is "a major milestone in the effort to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of person with disabilities and to promote respect for their inherent dignity."

Mr. Joseph Adu-Boampong, a Vice President of the GFD, agreed that the convention is the "first legally binding treaty to clearly set out the obligations on states to avoid discrimination against people in all its forms, and to create a society in which disabled people can fully participate."

Indeed, the convention asserts the rights of people with disabilities to education, health, work, adequate living conditions, freedom of movement, freedom from exploitation, self-representation, participation in the political and governance processes as well as equal recognition before the law among others.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201001290849.html




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Donation Made To Kibi School For The Deaf At Kibi

The best thing to make the world happy is to care for the poor. Donation presented to the Kibi School of the Deaf on 22nd January 2010 was a step to make the deaf happy and important to Ghana. The main purpose of this donation was to help the school children to have access to internet and open up contacts with other disable schools around the world. This donation was designed to provide the disable children some recreational activities that may also develop their individual talents.
Furthermore, this donation was purposed to equip the disable children some vocational skills so that, after school, they can engage in some economic activities that would better their living. The main items for the donation included: Computers, Lap Tops, Photo copy Machine, Printers, Sewing Machines, Carpentry Tools, Sports equipments, Digital Camera etc.

Thanks be to …. To help the needy in Ghana Mr. Mark Kofi Asomoah in collaboration with Mrs Z?hlke of Humboldt Gymnasium Potsdam organized a fund raising ceremony and got an amount of 5,000 Euros from Ein Herz f?r Kinder - Bild hilft e.V the donated items were purchased and handed over to Mr. Asamoah for presentation to the Kibi School for the Deaf in Ghana.

People who were present at the ceremony Some well know people in Ghana were present at the donation ceremony at Kibi. These were the Municipal Chief Executive of Kibi (Mr. Siman Peter Asirifi), the Paramount Chief of Kibi and his elders (He was the chairman for the occation and speech read on his behalf by the Gyase hene, Nana Barima Darko Ampem), The Municipal Information Officer (Mr. Appiah), the Municipal Finance and Administrator (Mr. Ernest Amponsah), the Head Master of State Junior High School of Kibi (Mr. Emmanuel Ntim, he was the Charplain for the occation), Mr. MarK Kofi Asamoah ( Special Guest of Honor, assisted by Mr. Christian Darkwahene Oware , Osei Korankye of Legon School of Performing Arts -University of Ghana and Mr. Sam Boadu), Mr. Jordan Aghona (the Headmaster of Kibi School of the Deaf), the teachers and most importantly the school children.

Comment from various important dignitaries: The Paramount Chief(Okyehene) - Eastern Region of Ghana…….. Gyasehene, Nana Barima Darko Ampem, read a speech on behalf of the Okyene. He publicly indicated that “this donation show that, Ghana have some important people overseas who have love for the people of Ghana. Caring for the needy such as the children who are deaf in Kibi would call for blessing to the donors.
What Mr. Mark Kofi Asamoah has done is a path that he has laid for other Ghanaian overseas to follow. This good thing would be in the mind of Okyehene and the elders of the town; you must know that, this donation is not for the teachers but for the children, we will tell everybody about this donation, thank you Asamoah” The Municipal Chief Executive ….. ….I am very impressed today about this donation. I hereby advise the teachers to put this items in good use so that, the purpose of which this donation has been given would be achieved. Let us all hold the spirit of helping our handicap children…….. The Headmaster of Kibi School of the Deaf …. ….our school is handicap and the students are also handicap, who would help the other. This donation has come to an opportune period, my self and the entire management of the Kibi School of the Deaf would install this items and put them is good use, we are very grateful to the donors.

Teachers of the Kibi School of the Deaf… Mr. Emmanuel Asante Appiah is a professionally trained and also a graduate from University of Education - Winneba Ghana. He has taught the children for about 4 years.
He commented that ...many people say the hearing impede children are not tolerance, but my experience is that, the children are very tolerance and brilliant, but the only problem is lack of communication. The government must train more teachers so that the hearing society can communicate meaningfully to the hearing impede children…..

Students of Kibi School of the Deaf …. I interviewed 11 students who were deaf (5 boys and 6 girls). The question was ‘what do you want to be in future?’ 3 students want to be nurses, 1 student want to be a preacher, 1 student want to be a teacher, 2 students want to open their own business and 3 students want to be footballers in future. Every student wished to be interview but less time.

Comment from special guest of honor (Mr. Mark Kofi Asamoah) ….You must make good use of this items, the children have brighter future, they are very excited to see this donation, you should install the items today for the children, do not keep the items in store rooms, the future of the children depend on what you do today….

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=175954




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Ghana: Miteletti Coy Rescues Disabled

Bettey Nelson
1 February 2010

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Miteletti Company Limited (MCL), a construction company in Accra, has given a helping hand to the Ghana Federation of Disabled (GFD), by doing some reconstruction work on the compound of their Centre.

Last year, the Accra File did an article on the state of the Centre for the disabled, on the bad state of the place, and the bad nature of its ground, which was a danger to the disabled as they stumble and fall, because the area has developed potholes and was undulating, especially at the entrance to the place.

An eyewitness told the Accra File that most disabled persons fall down when using this road, especially in wheelchairs.

On a visit by the Accra File last Wednesday, to see whether there had been any change, it discovered that construction work on the premises had begun.

The Executive Director of MCL, Mrs. Rita Kyeremaa Kusi, told the File that construction work was begun about a fortnight ago.

She pointed out that the construction was only for the ground, which was being graded to make it level and smoother, and would be finished by the end of this week.

She explained that the on going construction is free of charge and an advocacy for the Ghana Federation of the Disabled.

She therefore urged all authorities concerned to intervene as the entire center needs to be renovated, and provided with some needed basic infrastructure.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201002020667.html




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Disabled people association signs protocol with Infrasat

Luanda - The National Association of Disabled People of Angola (ANDA) on Monday here signed a co-operation protocol with Infrasat Telecommunications firm named Liga e Veja Aqui, for insertion of 150 people in the labour market, Angop has learnt.

The act took place during the commemorations of the 18th anniversary of ANDA and has as goal developing and congregating efforts in order to rehabilitate and reintegrate disabled people in society, represented in the sale and installation of television kits.

According to Anda's secretary of co-operation and information, Enoque Bernardo, in this accord of support to disabled people, Anda has already reintegrated 12,000 people in various jobs.

In her turn, Elisa Rom?o, representative of the Ministry of Telecommunications, said some disabled people will benefit from training in computing for a better reinsertion.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.portalangop.co.ao/motix/en_us/noticias/desporto/2010/1/5/Disabled-people-association-signs-protocol-with-Infrasat,131fd83d-2b42-4adf-9027-a2867f59a5d8.html




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Government asked to implement disability law

National Council on Persons with Disabilities
The Executive Secretary of the National Council on Persons with Disabilities, Duut Bonchel Abdulai has expressed concern that the disability law passed to address challenges faced by persons with disabilities is not being fully implemented.

He was not happy with the practice where the G.P.R.T.U. continues to flout laws mandating them to reserve two front seats in public transports for persons with disabilities. Mr. Abdulai who was addressing an annual get together of Share Care Ghana, an NGO championing the cause of the disabled, was equally concerned that the nation as a whole has not done enough to lessen the burdens of the disabled.

A Neurologist at the 37 Military Hospital, Augustina Charway, was worried about the lack of well equipped laboratories in the country to diagnose diseases that affect the disabled.

The President of Share Care Ghana, Nana Yaa Agyeman appealed for more support from Corporate bodies and the government, in aid of persons with disabilities who play a vital role in national development. The Upper West Regional Coordinating Council has set up a Committee to develop a strategic plan for the development of the region. Work on the plan has been completed and is being validated after which it will be launched.

The Regional Minister, Mahmud Khalid announced this at a soiree for media personnel and media practitioners at Wa. The Regional Minister outlined a number of achievements by the NDC administration in its first year in the region. These include the construction of Small Towns Water Projects, introduction of the Block farming, lighting of Wa Township as well as construction and improvement of structures in some educational institutions. Mr. Khalid said the government has the welfare of Ghanaians at heart and will do everything possible to ensure that the better Ghana agenda is properly executed.

The Deputy Regional Minister Ceazar Kale commended the media for their objectivity in reporting issues in the region. He assured media practioners that government will continue to promote press freedom to entrench democracy in the country. The Wa Municipal Chief Executive Yakubu Duogu called for continuous cooperation between the Municipal Assembly and media practitioners. Mr. Duogu said the assembly welcomes any constructive criticism that will help move development agenda of the assembly forward.

Posted on: Monday, 1, February, 2010 Source: GBC NEWS

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://gbcghana.com/news/31364detail.html




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【アマゾンを利用してAJFに寄付を!】アフィリエイト報告2010年1月

昨年末、gCOE生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト内のアフリカ関連情報ページのリンク先が変わりました。
今後は、以下をご利用ください。
 アフリカ
 http://www.arsvi.com/i/2.htm

新しいページも作りました。
 アフリカ Africa 2010
 http://www.arsvi.com/i/2-2010.htm

こちらもごらんください。
 エチオピア・ケニア調査 25年目の検証『飢え』『援助』『エイズ』
 http://www.arsvi.com/2000/1001ht.htm

現在、gCOE生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト内の[amazon]をクリックして購入された本のアフィリエイト・フィーを僕が受け取り、AJFへ寄付する仕組みができています。
このアフィリエイトの仕組みについては、以下を見てください。
 http://www.arsvi.com/b/a.htm
アマゾンを利用される方は、ぜひこの仕組みを活用して、AJFへの寄付につなげてください。

1月は355点(本、PC、DVD、家電、飲料ほかを含む)、692,444円の販売が対象となり、紹介料は33,917円でした。

2009年1月〜12月のアフィリエイト対象数は4,528点、金額は8,395,180円、アフィリエイト・フィーの総計は、453,547円となっています。
どうもありがとうございます。

僕自身が1月に購入して興味深かった本。

逝かない身体 ALS的日常を生きる
川口有美子著 医学書院 2,100円(税込) A5判
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4260010034/ryospage03-22
「安楽死必要論」から「誰しもの生き延びることのできるサポートをどう作っていくのか」へと体験・思索を通して問題意識が変わっていく過程を記述していて参考になります。ずいぶん前に、研究会で話を聞いた時のことを思い出しました。

リハビリの夜
熊谷晋一郎著 医学書院 2,100円(税込) A5判
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4260010042/ryospage03-22
脳性マヒ者の小児科医が、子どもの時に強いられたリハビリテーションを振り返りつつ、「敗北の官能」を語る異色の体験記。「尿意という他者」に関わる記述に、自立とは何かを考えました。

小林多喜二―21世紀にどう読むか
ノーマ・フィールド著 岩波新書 819円
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4004311691/ryospage03-22
検閲でずたずたにされた形でしか発表されなかった作品をひそかに生き延びさせた出版関係者含め、小林多喜二のことを、こんなふうに伝えてきた人々がいたことに泣けます。

今後も、使っているプリンターのトナーやインク、USBメモリー、またコピー用紙などが必要な際にも、以下の利用法を参照して、アフィリエイトにつながる購入をしてもらえるとうれしいです。
1月28日に11月分アフィリエイト・フィー31,735円を受領し、AJF口座へ振込みました。

アマゾンを利用する際に、以下のいずれかの手順を踏んでもらえると、上記の寄付につがなります。

1)gCOE生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト、もしくは僕のウェブサイトにある本のリストから本を選びアマゾンを利用する。
 gCOE生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト http://www.arsvi.com
 僕のサイト http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~ls9r-situ

 ※上記いずれかを「お気に入り」もしくは「ブックマーク」登録されると、アフィリエイト利用が簡単になります。

2)gCOE生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト内上記のアフィリエイト説明ページ、僕のウェブサイトの各ページにあるアマゾンへのリンクからアマゾンへ入って、本、DVD、CD、PCおよび周辺機器、日用品などを購入する

3)メーリングリスト、mixiで僕が本と一緒に紹介するアマゾンへのリンクを利用する


どうぞよろしく。


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Tunisia: Local Disabled Athletes to Take Part in International Meetings in UAE

2 February 2010

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Tunis - Tunisia has recently established an entire program through mechanisms and policies aiming at promoting physical education for disabled persons.

Ten Tunisian athletes will take part, from February 3 to 7, 2010 in the 4th Al Ain International Athletics Meeting for the disabled in the United Arab Emirates. The 4th of Al Ain International Athletics Meeting is an annual meeting which gathers disabled athletes.

Another delegation of seven athletes will also take part in the 2nd International Athletics Meeting of Al Fazaa, Dubai due to be held from February 8 to13, 2010.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201002030140.html




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Army to build dormitory for blind, deaf in Jinja

Wednesday, 3rd February, 2010 E-mail article Print article

By Donald Kiirya

THE army will construct a sh30m dormitory block at Spire Road School for the blind and deaf in Jinja district.

The project will start this month.

The dormitory that will house 30 pupils is one of the army’s projects to mark the Terehe Sita day.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony on Tuesday, the defence minister, Dr. Crispus Kiyonga, said: “Celebrations of the 29th army day will take place on February 6. During the week before the celebrations, soldiers engage in development activities and projects for the communities.”

He said the army was in Busoga to explain its achievements in the course of the year, find out whether the people were happy with it and make sure that the people develop.

Engineer Lt. Col. Besigye Bekunda said the dormitory, which will be constructed by the army’s engineering brigade, will include a rain water harvest system, which will be completed within one month.

Brig. Samuel Lwanga, the deputy chief of medical services, said 15 pupils from the school with simple eye disabilities will also be treated at the eye clinic in Iganga.

The army is carrying out similar community activities in the districts of Jinja, Iganga, Bugiri, Namutumba, Kaliro, Kamuli and Mayuge.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/13/709022

【付記2】Terehe Sita dayというのは、文字通りでは、2/6という意味なのだそうですが、全国レジスタンス軍(現、人民防衛軍UPDF)が1981年にKabamba兵舎でウガンダ全国解放軍に最初の攻撃をした日を記念する日のようです(参照:
http://allafrica.com/stories/201002020979.html




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‘Music by Prudence’ nominated for an Oscar!

Prudence Mabhena - lead singer for Liyana

So incredibly exciting! A film about a Zimbabwean band has made it onto this year’s Oscar nomination list, in the ‘Best Documentary Short Subject’ category.

‘Music by Prudence’ tells the story of Prudence Mabhena, the lead singer of Bulawayo band Liyana.

Zimbabwean singer songwriter Prudence Mabhena, age twenty-one, was born severely disabled into a society where disabilities carry the taint of witchcraft; she is more likely to spend her life hidden away in a tiny hut than on a stage in the center of a city. Her story is the story of many of the disabled kids of Africa, a story of abandonment and abuse.
But Prudence and her seven young band members, all disabled, have managed to overcome stereotypes and inspire the same people that once saw them as a curse (taken from the documentary website)

These are all the incredible Liyana band members:

Prudence Mabhena is Liyana’s lead singer. She also composes in a wide range of styles and many topics. While challenges with Arthrogryphosis have placed her in a wheel chair, she is an independent, assertive woman, whose voice has been likened to the great South African liberation singer, Miriam Makeba.

Tapiwa Nyengera sings back-up, plays keyboard, and is the front man. He is a passionate and eloquent voice for the contribution the disabled can make to Africa and the world. He has spina bifida.

Energy Maburutse is first marimba player and back-up vocalist and the band’s resident jokester. He has Osteogenesis Imperfecta, brittle bone syndrome.

Honest Mupatse plays tenor marimba. He has hemophilia.

Marvelous Mbulo is a back-up singer and has muscular dystrophy.

Vusani Vuma, the bass marimba player, is hearing-impaired and has spent much of his life in silence.

Goodwell Nzou, plays traditional drums and percussion and sings back-up.
A snake bit him when he was 11, requiring amputation of his leg.

Farai Mabhande, lead keyboardist, is an orphan from Bulawayo, who suffers from arthogryphisis.

Liyana (the name means ‘it’s raining’ in Ndebele) grew out of an arts project at King George VI, a school and centre for children with physical disabilities, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

One of the amazing success stories the school has achieved is its band, Liyana. This year the group of eight students, five in wheelchairs, two on crutches and one deaf, took second prize in an all Africa music competition. They were the only group in the competition who were disabled. The amazing thing about this band is its ability to get the audience to forget the disability and see only the entertainment. In 2006 Liyana toured Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands as their prize for the competition and in 2009 they spent a month in America wowing and inspiring audiences in California and New York (KGVI website).

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.sokwanele.com/thisiszimbabwe/archives/5434




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African disabled sports chairperson dedicates victory to head of State

The Angolan Leonel da Rocha Pinto, recently elected chairman of the African Sports Confederation for Disabled (Ascod), Wednesday in Luanda, dedicated his election to the head of State, Jos? Eduardo dos Santos, for his commitment and engagement.

The official said so while addressing a ceremony held by the provincial committee of the ruling MPLA party, to celebrate his election as Ascod chairman.

In his speech, the official said that president Jos? Eduardo dos Santos has been an advisor to African countries, having his dedication and commitment been crucial in the process that led to his election.

The ceremony was attended by Government officials, members of Parliament, of ruling party’s provincial committee and sports associations.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.portalangop.co.ao/motix/en_us/noticias/desporto/2010/1/5/African-disabled-sports-chairperson-dedicates-victory-head-State,390b7c2f-034e-4c45-8aee-ec4fc7ebeec8.html




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Thousands of Deaf will see the Gospel

Posted: 4 February, 2010

Topics in this story: deaf , kenya , scripture , sign language , tsc There are over 220,000 Deaf Kenyans, most of whom are still waiting to hear the Gospel. (Photo courtesy The Seed Company) Kenya (MNN) ― A new Bible translation may well revolutionize outreach to the Deaf community.

Mike Toupin of The Seed Company recently returned home from the dedication of a new Bible translation project in Kenya.

"It's a sign language Bible that was actually recorded as a DVD so that those who are Deaf or hearing impaired can see in sign language someone signing out the Scriptures in their heart language," explains Toupin.
"And that's the first time that's ever taken place, that we know of-- probably in the history of the world, but certainly in the history of Africa."

Until now, the Deaf community in Kenya, which consists of about 220,000 to 250,000 people, has gone largely unreached with the Gospel. Many believe members of the Deaf or Deaf/Mute community to be cursed; many simply don't know how to communicate with them.

"These people [in the Deaf community] are incredibly marginalized with very little access to the Scriptures," says Toupin. "The vast majority never become literate in the national languages of English or Kiswahili, so they simply are pushed to the outskirts."

With the new Kenya Sign Language Scriptures, however, this is all changing. After a viewing of the sign language DVD at the dedication, one man was overjoyed to hear the Good News and asked why it hadn't come sooner. Another woman asked to receive Christ right there.

"The amazing thing about the Deaf community," Toupin adds, "is once folks capture something that's important to them, they have these incredible networks and ways of getting to one another where they spread the information quickly. So we expect there's going to be an incredible access not only to the Gospel, but also to teaching tools about the Gospel through the Kenya Sign Language Scriptures."

The Kenyan translation is not the full Bible, but it takes on the major points of the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation with a special focus on the life of Christ. Before each new topic, there is an introduction about the background of the book; at the end of each segment, questions are asked to ensure comprehension and application of the Word.

The Kenya Sign Language Scriptures are certain to transform many in the Deaf community and show them that they are not cursed but are indeed very valuable in the eyes of Christ. The Seed Company has just introduced a similar project in India and hopes to continue these projects across the globe.

To learn more about how God is working in the Kenyan Deaf community, watch this video. Please continue praying that the Lord would use this outreach to build His kingdom.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.mnnonline.org/article/13838

【付記2】日本ろう福音協会の手話による聖書訳
http://www.j-dem.net/vibi_why.html




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Miss Deaf SD praises King for Matsetsa High

05 February, 2010 10:00:00 By Simon Shabangu

image: Miss Deaf Simphiwe Magagula with her guardian Sindisiwe Maziya

MISS Deaf Swaziland Simphiwe Magagula has praised His Majesty King Mswati and the Swazi government for building a good high school for the deaf at Matsetsa.

She is among the first group of students to occupy the new state-of-the- art high school. She is also among the first group to do Form Three at the newly completed school. In an interview recently with the record, she said as children living with such disabilities, they are grateful to the King for the appreciation and support he has displayed through approving the construction of the facility which she said is very beautiful saying it will make learning easy and enjoyable to them. She was speaking through the assistance of her guardian Sindisiwe Maziya.

“We are happy about our school and we love it here, we hope to enjoy using this facility. We can be grateful if His Majesty King Mswati III can come personally to do the official opening of the school. That is when we can be able to show our appreciation for the good he has done for us,” she said.

Asked what she would like to do after completing school, the beauty queen said she would like to be a professional model something which she said would be able to earn a living. “When I grow older I will then stay at home and look after my grandchildren” she added.

Simphiwe made history when she became the first Swazi beauty queen to get to the top three in an international beauty contest. She was titled First Princess of the Miss Deaf World which was held in Peru mid last year a title she still holds.

The school started operating when schools opened two weeks back but classes started running early this week. It comprises teachers’ houses, accommodation for the students, classes and a hall, among other facilities.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.observer.org.sz/index.php?news=10922




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The disabled seek 20 seats in House

By NATION ReporterPosted Sunday, February 7 2010 at 20:00

The disabled have asked the Committee of Experts and the House to give them at least 20 seats in the next Parliament.

This the number would comprise 15 seats in the National Assembly through mixed representation and five seats in the Senate.

The group also wants at least one representative in all constitutional commissions.

Representatives of the disabled told a news conference in Nairobi that the review of the draft in Naivasha by MPs had watered down their rights as proposed in the CoE’s harmonised draft.

Inasmuch as the Parliamentary Select Committee on the constitution review had reached a political consensus, the disabled too had to be represented, the chairman of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, Mr Kibaya Laibuta, said.

“If the PSC found it necessary to make a numerical specification on the number of MPs, the number of MPs with disabilities should similarly be entrenched in the Constitution,” he said.

Mr Phitalis Were Masakhwe, who sits in the Reference Group, accused the PSC of “tokenism” in its allocation of seats to the disabled.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/-/1064/857728/-/wrpjkvz/-/




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Uganda: Army to Build Dormitory for Blind, Deaf in Jinja

3 February 2010

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Kampala - THE army will construct a sh30m dormitory block at Spire Road School for the blind and deaf in Jinja district.

The project will start this month.

The dormitory that will house 30 pupils is one of the army's projects to mark the Terehe Sita day.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony on Tuesday, the defence minister, Dr. Crispus Kiyonga, said: "Celebrations of the 29th army day will take place on February 6. During the week before the celebrations, soldiers engage in development activities and projects for the communities."

He said the army was in Busoga to explain its achievements in the course of the year, find out whether the people were happy with it and make sure that the people develop.

Engineer Lt. Col. Besigye Bekunda said the dormitory, which will be constructed by the army's engineering brigade, will include a rain water harvest system, which will be completed within one month.

Brig. Samuel Lwanga, the deputy chief of medical services, said 15 pupils from the school with simple eye disabilities will also be treated at the eye clinic in Iganga.

The army is carrying out similar community activities in the districts of Jinja, Iganga, Bugiri, Namutumba, Kaliro, Kamuli and Mayuge.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
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Rwanda: Kagame Donates to School of the Deaf

Paul Ntambara
8 February 2010

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Kigali - President Paul Kagame, last Friday donated 12 hand knitting machines to the Butare centre of the deaf that is run by the Brothers of St Gabriel. The donation follows a visit by the President in 2003 where he pledged support to the school.

The Minister of State for Community Development and Social Affairs in the Ministry of Local Government, Christine Nyatanyi, who delivered the donation, said that it was the President's wish to have all children attend school.

The Minister commended teachers at the school for the unrivalled sacrifice and commitment to their work of facilitating the education of children with hearing and speech impairments which she said, 'many a time calls for special skills and dedication.'

"Your love for work and willingness to work under difficult conditions should be an example to the rest," she said.

The minister called upon pupils at the school to seize the opportunity provided by the special needs school to excel in their education.

This latest donation follows that of Rwf30million which was used in renovating of the school's buildings.

"Last year, with the assistance from the President, we were able to re- roof our buildings which were in a sorry state, we are grateful to him for his continued support to the school," said Bro Jean Claude Munyaneza, the director of the school.

The Butare centre for the deaf and dumb has 155 children under its care.
Pupils at the school undergo a three year communications skills program after which they are selected for formal and vocational education training.

"Those who succeed in the communication skills program go on to join the formal education system where they enroll in neighbouring schools, those who fail, enroll for vocational training programs offered by our centre, " said the school's director.

The school is however, faced with challenges of limited infrastructure and high turnover of teaching staff.

"Currently we have over 200 of such children on the waiting list," he said

"Retaining our good teachers is also becoming increasingly difficult since they do exceptional work but continue to earn a 'normal' teacher's salary."

"This is more of a calling than a normal teaching job, we do extra work which are not paid for, teachers who cannot stand the conditions unfortunately leave the school," said Eugenia Baziki who has taught at the school for four years.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201002080403.html




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Ghana: Disabled Receive More Support for Capacity Building

Frederick Asiamah
8 February 2010

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Accra - Persons with disability (PWDs) from eight districts in five regions, will in the next two years receive capacity building in strategic advocacy, organizational development, and communication and coordination under a capacity building and advocacy project jointly run by Organizations for Persons with Disability (OPWDs).

The districts are Lawra (Upper West), Bongo (Upper East), Saboba and Nanumba North (Northern Region), Sefwi Wiawso and Juaboso (Western Region), and Asutifi and Dormaa Districts (Brong Ahafo Region).

This follows a successful 18-month piloting of the capacity building and advocacy project titled: "Strengthening the Disability Movement in Ghana through Advocacy and Capacity Building" in the Manya Krobo, Birim South, and Ho districts in the Eastern and Volta regions respectively.

The five-million dollar worth project is being financed by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) over a period spanning 2008 to 2013. It is being implemented collaboratively by the Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD), Ghana Association of the Blind (GAB), and Ghana Society for the Physically Disabled (GSPD) and their counterparts in Denmark. These are the Disabled People's Organisation of Denmark (DPOD), Danish Association of the Blind (DAB) and Danish Association of the Physically Disabled (DAPD). From September 2009, the Ghana Association of the Deaf (GNAD) and the Danish Association of the Deaf (DAD) are fully included as equal project partners.

The second phase of the project was launched in Accra on Thursday.
Briefing the event, Mr. Joseph Adu-Boampong, First Vice President of the GFD, said the overall objective of the project was to secure for PWDs the enjoyment of equal rights in all areas of society in accordance with national and international legislations.

It is envisaged that by the end of 2013 the disability movement would have developed and increased capacities of OPWDs and members to advocate and lobby on all disability issues in a coordinated way at local and national level.

It is also expected that the Ghanaian project partners would have developed capacity of members through social and economic empowerment, and strengthened the systems and structures for efficient implementation of their programmes by the end of the project. Furthermore, the partners are expected to have methods and practices in place to ensure flow of information and coordination within the disability movement, and networking with relevant actors at local, national and international level.

According to Mr Adu-Boampong, the project primarily targets members of partner OPWDs and will eventually benefit PWDs in 16 selected districts.
It targets a total of 17,000 PWDs, as well as, decision makers within the disability sector.

Meanwhile, the project has received the solidarity of several personalities and organizations, including the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ). Commissioner Francis Emile Short, who graced Thursday's launching, said CHRAJ attached a lot of importance to the GFD, its rank and file, and activities.

He said presently the Commission is monitoring the implementation of the Disability law of 2006 (Act 715) to ensure its effective implementation.
He said the Commission was doing this because it recognizes the rights of the disabled as "a human rights issue."

Kasper Bergmann, a representative of the DPOD, said the project was important because it would help in the training of sign language interpreters to facilitate communication among person with hearing impairment.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201002081543.html




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Tanzania: EAC conference to set regional policy on challenges of disability

News - Africa news The East African Community (EAC) secretariat Monday announced a two-day regional conference on persons with disabilities, to determine how best its Treaty could be used as a basis for developing a comprehensive regional policy for addressing the challenges facing the disabled.

The Conference will bring together a selection of persons with disabilities or their representatives, policy makers from the EAC region - Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda - members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) and officials from the EAC Secretariat.

Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will deliver the keynote address at the official opening.

The EAC Treaty is somewhat weak in addressing the challenge facing people with disabilities, the secretariat said in its announcement of the conference, to be held 10-19 February 2010 in Kampala, Uganda.

Besides the apparent deficit in effective enforcement of laws in place, the EAC noted that national legislations of member states in this area are uneven in their appreciation of the broad nature of the challenge and of the needed recognition of broad-based rights of peoples with disabilities.

It said the EAC Conference on Persons with Disabilities was being organized with a definitive purpose to propose adoption of a legally- binding protocol or enactment of a regional law to govern the needs of people with disabilities.

'The EAC Treaty has not been extensive enough in defining the broad character of what is fundamentally a human rights issue,' the secretariat's Communicati ons and Public Affairs Department observed in a communiqu?, pointing out that the organisation had in the last decade of its existence failed to come up with either a policy or a protocol to govern the needs of people with disabilities.

Some efforts, however, had been made at the level of the partner states to enact laws to govern the needs of people with disabilities.

Kenya, for example, has in place a Persons with Disabilities Act 2003, though it is yet to come into force. Tanzania is also about to table a Bill before its National Assembly to govern persons with disabilities.

While the EAC has lagged behind in promoting a regional policy and law to govern people with disability, both the United Nations and the African Union have made significant headway in this direction.

It is recognized internationally and within the AU framework that persons with disabilities have equal civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights.

The 1981 African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights provides, under Article 18 (4), that disabled persons have the right to special measures of protection, and under Article 16(1) the Charter spells out that every individual shall have the right to enjoy the best attainable state of physical and mental health.

A continental Plan of Action was drawn up in Addis Ababa in 2002 to serve as a guideline for AU member states in the formulation of their programmes on disability issues. The Action Plan outlined 12 objectives which the African stat es, in cooperation with civil society, were to implement during the decade.

Among the key objectives of the Plan are: Formulate and implement national policies, programmes and legislation to promote the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities; Promote the participation of persons with disabilities in the process of economic and social development; and Promote the self-representation of People with Disabilities in all public decision-making structures.

At their meeting in Windoek 31 Dec. 2008, African ministers responsible for social development adopted the Windhoek Declaration, which extended the AU Continental Decade of Persons with Disabilities, calling upon all AU members states to empower and provide persons with disabilities with equal opportunities, safeguarding their rights and enlisting their participation in all development programmes.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.afriquejet.com/news/africa-news/tanzania:-eac-conference-to-set-regional-policy-on-challenges-of-disability-2010020943744.html




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Sexual abuse: Pupils complaints fall on deaf ears

Updated 13 hr(s) 45 min(s) ago
By John Oywa

The deaf girl is still too traumatised to recount her ordeal that fateful afternoon.

She was reportedly lured into a computer room and defiled by one of her teachers.

Terrified and ashamed, she told no one about the incident until a month later when she realised she was pregnant.

Teachers sent her home despite protests from her classmates. She gave birth nine months later and was re-admitted to the same school to complete vocational training.

Now, living with her child and parents in a rural village in Kisii, the girl, who we cannot name for privacy reasons, is a case study of the increasing cases of sex abuse in special schools across the country.

Teachers defiling

The Kenya National Association of the Deaf (KNAD) officials say they have received numerous complaints from many schools about teachers defiling and even impregnating their pupils suffering from disabilities.

The association National Chairman, Nickson Kakiri says they have documented many cases of sexual abuse in schools for the deaf in the recent past and were investigating more.

Besides sexual abuse, the more than 40 schools for the deaf in the country were facing myriad problems ranging from lack of trained Kenya Sign Language (KSL) teachers to skewed representation in the Boards of Governors and lack of facilities needed for children with disabilities, a situation that has disadvantaged the deaf students.

Communication breakdown

Many cases of sexual abuse against deaf children, he says go unreported because of breakdown of communication between the victims, education officials, law enforcers and parents. Their appeals for help, he says, have literally fallen on deaf ears.

KNAD singles out the Kuja Primary School for the Deaf in Rongo District as one of the affected institutions.

Besides the above mentioned girl, the South Nyanza Association for the Deaf (SNAD), an affiliate of KNAD, claim they recently received five cases of sexual harassment at Kuja. "We have received complaints that some of the teachers are sexually harassing their pupils either by touching their breasts, private parts or defiling," says Mr Daniel Ogembo, the SNAD Secretary.

He says the pupils wrote letters incriminating teachers.

In some of the letters addressed to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) last October and copied to the Ministry of Education and SNAD, the pupils from Kuja even named teachers who they allege have been molesting them.

The pupils claim the said teachers call them to their houses, staffrooms and other secluded places where they touch their breasts and force them into sex then warn them against reporting to the school authorities.

Ogembo says SNAD raised the Kuja case with the area DEO Albert Langat and the TSC.

He showed Education a letter from the school’s BOG summoning him to "shed light" on the allegations after he wrote to the commission. On November 5, last year, the Board, in a letter signed by the Headteacher, Julius Muga, banned Ogembo from setting foot in the school over the letters accusing teachers of over the sex scandal. The letter read in part: "Following the meeting of executive School BOG held on 28/10/2009, it was resolved that you be banned from entry into the school compound unless invited," It added: "This is due to a number of unanimous letters written and sent to different offices including your letter accusing the head teacher and two other teachers..."

But Ogembo insists he has evidence the school’s BOG was covering up incidences of sexual abuse against the deaf girls at Kuja. "The truth is that majority of the board members do not understand problems facing the deaf people. They did not even understand the sign language so they ended up siding with the accused who are not deaf," he says.

He adds: "The whole thing was complicated because the school inspectors who visited the school to interview the affected girls did not understand the Kenyan Sign Language and relied on the same teachers as interpreters. It was like asking an accused person to investigate himself."

Witch-hunt

But Langat and Muga have denied allegations that sexual abuse is rampant at Kuja Primary School for the Deaf. They accuse Ogembo, who is deaf, of witch-hunt and challenged him to provide evidence. Ogembo later produced a picture of one of the deaf students whom he claimed was defiled and impregnated by her teacher.

Langat says the Ministry of Education conducted "exhaustive" investigations into the matter and did not find evidence against the accused teachers. "I sent a team that spent a whole week investigating the alleged sex scandal in the school but concluded they were mere allegations. No student came out to say they had been sexually abused. There is nothing!" says Langat.

He added: " The officials of the association have complained to me but they are raise very old cases, some dating back to 2004 and 2006 when none of us was here. I think this is just witch-hunt. The officials want some particular teachers removed from the school. But Let someone else come and investigate."

Muga concedes there has been problems at the school over the alleged sex scandal but defended the three teachers being accused of preying on their female pupils. "This matter has been investigated. I have been summoned to the Ministry of Education headquarters for questioning but there has been no evidence that the teachers are sex pests. What I know is there is serious collaboration by some people to have some of the teachers either sacked or transferred," he says.

Independent investigators

As the Kuja controversy raged last week, the KNAD officials say abuse is widespread and wanted the ministry to send independent inspectors who can communicate with deaf pupils to visit all schools for the deaf to investigate the problems facing such institutions. "The Kuja issue is just a case study. There are serious human rights abuses against pupils with disabilities in this country. Besides sexual harassment, they lack infrastructure to enable them learn like other pupils," says Kakiri.

The association officials say they are concerned at the low representation of deaf people in the boards of schools for the deaf, saying this has worsened an already bad situation for the deaf. "Why is it that the composition of school BOG in deaf institutions are only hearing people yet these institutions serves to great extent the interest of deaf people yet hundreds of old students from these institutions are professional out there?" asks Ogembo.

He says a majority of the schools for the deaf were manned by non-deaf teachers, some of who had very limited understanding of sign language.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/education/InsidePage.php?id=2000002904&cid=316&story=Sexual%20abuse:%20Pupils%20complaints%20fall%20on%20deaf%20ears




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Efforts to implement Disability Act underway

The councils says work has begun on the legislative instrument

The Council for the disabled says it is working on a legislative instrument as part of efforts to start the implementation of the Disability Act.

It is meanwhile collaborating with other agencies to ensure that the Act works for people with disabilities.

The chairman of the council, Mr. Andrew Okaikoi in an interview with Radio Ghana said one challenge the council faces is with funding and it is looking at other sources apart from government for funds.

Posted on: Wednesday, 10, February, 2010 Source: GBC NEWS

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://gbcghana.com/news/31627detail.html




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アフリカ・ガーナでも障害者雇用の動き

2010年2月17日 12:00

アフリカ、ガーナのアシャンティ地域大臣、コフィ・オプク・マヌは、地域で首都、と地区機関に、公共施設において障害者にフレンドリーになるよう指示した。政府と民間部門が公共施設と構造が身体障害者が利用できるよう確実とする必要があると言った。

オプク・マヌ氏は、金曜日、クマシのサマリアの村で、身体障害を持つ労働者のガーナ連盟の初めての記念祝典で話した。およそ14年前に確立されたこの連盟は、障害者に社会的で、経済で、身体的な不正と戦おうとしている。

全国に600人以上のメンバーを持っている。そして、主に公共部門で仕事している。「働く環境で身体障害がある労働者と向き合っている挑戦 -
前向きな道」は、2日の祝賀のためのテーマだった。そして、障害者のための法715章の上で、国連での大会を実現するために50人以上の代表で基盤をつくった。


障害者も積極的に雇用するよう発言
オプク・マヌ氏は、企業に労働人口の相当な割合を障害者に確保するよう要求する労働法を厳守すると思い出させた。

社会として、身体障害者は、彼らの状況を利用するために完全に社会経済活動に参加することができるために、態度の変化があることが重要であると言った。オプク・マヌ氏は、連盟が障害問題について市民を教育し、どんな否定的な認識でも取り除くために他の市民の社会組織と協力するのを奨励した。

ジョセフ・アドゥ・ボアムポン、身体障害者(GSPD)のガーナ連盟のトップは、連盟を労働組合と取引していた協会の重要な陣営が出ると言った。雇い主に与える予定だった特別な詳細を言うために政府に上訴した。障害を持つ人を雇った。

ハーリド・バシル氏、ガーナ国会議長は、メンバーのために福祉基金をすぐに確立すると言った。教育のすべてのレベルで、障害による人々のために自由な教育の導入を求めた。

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.challenged-info.com/news_htXgCOZLE.html?recommend

【付記】原文
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/regional/artikel.php?ID=176630




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南ア男性の高額宝くじ当せん、間違いと判明

2月17日15時25分配信 ロイター

[ヨハネスブルク 16日 ロイター]
宝くじで9100万ランド(約10億8000万円)に当たったと新聞などで報じられた南アフリカの男性が、実際には当せんしていなかったことが明らかになった。主催者が16日発表した。
 それによると、この宝くじで実際に当せんしていたのは43歳の女性で、記録的な当せん金獲得が報じられた後、分け前をもらおうと多くの人が押し寄せて身を隠していたスタンリー・フィランダーさん(52)は当せんしていなかったという。
 主催会社の広報担当者は、フィランダーさんが購入したチケットは当せん番号と同じ番号だったが、その回の分を締め切った後に購入したものだったと説明。「ほかの人々と同様に、自分たちも混乱していた」と述べた。

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20100217-00000330-reu-int




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Kenya: Government Launches the First Census for the Disabled

Catholic Information Service for Africa (Nairobi)
16 Feb 2010

Nairobi - The first registration of people with disabilities since independence has started in Kenya.
The National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) is conducting the registration. The disabled will be identified and details about where they live and work recorded. This will help the government in planning for them.
The documentation of people with disabilities has already been done in Nyanza, Coast and Central provinces.
Speaking during the five-day launch of the counting exercise for people with disabilities in Kakamega, the NCPD accounts assistant, Isaac Manyonge said, Kshs. 200 million has been set aside by the Treasury in this year's budget for empowerment of people with disabilities.
The money will also fund business projects for the physically challenged.
Manyonge said the disable will also be assisted to form groups through which they will apply for loans.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201002170779.html




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宝くじで10億円! 分け前せびられ雲隠れ 南アの男性

2010年2月17日12時35分

 【ナイロビ=古谷祐伸】南アフリカ・ケープタウンの男性が今月、賞金
9100万ランド(約10億6千万円)の宝くじを当てた。ところが、周囲から
分け前をせびられた末、行方をくらます事態となり、政府が「一家に近づくな」
と国民に呼びかける騒動となっている。

 この宝くじは、購入者が選んだ六つの数字と毎週発表される数字が、どれだけ
一致するかで賞金が決まる。すべて合致する「ジャックポット」は昨年12月か
ら出ず、賞金が繰り越されていた。

 地元紙によると、当選した男性は妻とともに耳が不自由で、金物屋の掃除担当
として働き、親類宅の裏庭の掘っ立て小屋で、つつましく暮らしていた。宝くじ
が当たったとの情報はたちまち広まり、親類や知人、他人が押しかけたという。

 同国の障害者問題担当相は15日、国民に対し一家に金を要求しないよう異例
の呼びかけをした。

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.asahi.com/international/update/0217/TKY201002170212.html




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CT cleaner not SA’s latest millionaire

Gia Nicolaides | Yesterday

It appears deaf and mute Cape Town cleaner, Stanley Philander is not the winner of the R91m Powerball lottery jackpot.

Die Son newspaper reported in Sunday Philander pocketed the millions.

His photo has since appeared in most newspapers.

The lottery board’s Sershan Naidoo said someone else won the multimillion rand prize.

The actual millionaire wants to remain anonymous.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.ewn.co.za/articleprog.aspx?id=32682




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Deaf cleaner loses $13m National Lottery

* From correspondents in Johannesburg
* From: Reuters
* February 17, 2010 9:06AM

A DEAF South African cleaner besieged by begging relatives after a newspaper reported he had scooped a 91 million rand ($13.1 million) lottery jackpot was not the winner, the draw's organisers said.

National Lottery spokeswoman Thembi Tulwana said the real winner of Friday's PowerBall draw was an unnamed 43-year-old woman, and not 52-year-old Stanley Philander, a Cape Town hardware store cleaner reported to have carried off the record rollover prize.

Mr Tulwana said Mr Philander had bought - after the draw - a lottery ticket with the same numbers as the winning ticket, but could not explain how the mix-up had escalated into the family being moved to a secret location for their own protection.

"We are as confused as everybody else. It did not come from the National Lottery at all," Mr Tulwana said.

"Those numbers have nothing to do with the previous draw."

The Star newspaper said Mr Philander, his wife of 12 years, Diana, who is also deaf, and their two children had been moved from their home in a poor Cape Town neighborhood to an undisclosed location after talk of their purported win spread.

Mr Philander's sister-in-law said the family was besieged by relatives asking for a share of the winnings, and implied National Lottery officials were involved in their disappearance - something Mr Tulwana denied.

"We don't even know where he was. All we know is that one newspaper did indicate that they have him in a safe place," she said.

South Africa's lottery launched in October last year and produced four multi-millionaires in its first month.

Friday's record prizemoney was the result of 22 previous "rollover" draws.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/deaf-cleaner-loses-13m-national-lottery/story-e6frf7jx-1225831220173




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Ghana: TMA Inaugurates Committee to Manage Disability Fund

David Fianko-Okyere
17 February 2010

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A seven-member Disability Disbursement Committee (DDC) to manage the Disability Fund of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) has been inaugurated at the forecourt of the Assembly.

Mr. Kwame Appiah, Presiding Member (PM) of the Assembly who chaired the function, said the government had set up a fund for persons with disability to access for their development projects.

He said it had become necessary to set up a committee to monitor the criteria for accessing of the fund, saying the TMA had the disabled at heart, hence their being invited to the launching program.

Delivering the inaugural address in Tema on behalf of Mr. Joseph Adu Boampong, first President of the Ghana Federation of the Disabled, Mr. Abdul-Aziz Mohammed, Research and Advocacy Officer of the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled, said out of the national population of over twenty million people, over two million people were estimated to be living with a disability in Ghana.

He therefore appealed to the TMA to remember its core function, which is to develop the metropolis physically, socially, economically and politically, saying the Assembly should not deny persons with disability the basic needs and support.

He added that as a matter of cooperation, the Assembly should remove all bottlenecks facing the release of the 2% District Assembly Common Fund to reflect the regulations regarding the disbursement of the fund, stressing that the Assembly should begin to use the guidelines designed by the Federation of the Disabled in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, and all stakeholders.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201002170642.html




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Tamale NGO supports deaf education in the torth

February 17, 2010 Savelugu (N/R), Feb. 17, GNA - The Regional Advisory Information and Network Systems (RAINS), a Tamale-based non-governmental organisation dedicated to supporting deprived communities and individuals, on Wednesday presented a cheque for about 7,000 Ghana cedis for management of the Savelugu School for the Deaf.

The money is to be used to improve deaf education in the school and would focus on skills training, training of parents of deaf children in sign language, monitoring programmes featuring master craftsmen and women as well as open days for communities to interact with deaf children.

Mrs. Mavis Kotoka, the Administrator of RAINS who presented the cheque, said deaf education had to be supported to ensure that the affected children had needed education to be integrated into the society.

She said RAINS' values were respect for human rights and dignity, empowering the under privileged in society and collaborating with agencies to ensure that the under privileged rights were respected and taken care of.

She said the Savelugu School for the Deaf had been one of RAINS' key partners in fostering the desire to be of benefit to the under- privileged in society and would do everything possible to support the school to realize its goals.

She said there was crass social and economic discrimination against inmates of the school and stressed the importance of assisting in its upkeep.

Mrs. Kotoka thanked RAINS donors in the UK, HOPE for Children and Molleybrown Legacy who assisted with funds to support the school and gave the assurance that her outfit would continue to help the school.

Madam Immaculata Atori said there was the wrong notion among some people in the north that deaf children were not beneficial to society, which made some parents to use the school as dumping ground of deaf children.

She said deaf children from all the three northern regions were enrolled into the school and that there was the need for adequate funding so that the children would get education to be integrated into society.

GNA

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.ghananewsagency.org/s_social/r_12609/




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Cape Deaf receives $3,000 worth of stationery

Cape Deaf receives $3,000 worth of stationery February 17, 2010 Cape Coast, Feb.17, GNA - A tutor at the Lake Drive Programme, a school for the deaf and other physically challenged in New Jersey in the United States, Mrs. Rashida Garcia on Tuesday presented books and other stationery worth $3,000.00 to the Cape Coast School for the Deaf (Cape Deaf).

Mrs Garcia who made the presentation through the Ghana National Deaf Children's Society (GNDCS), has volunteered to teach for a week at Cape Deaf to enable her interact better with students of the school.

She said she was touched when she got to know the activities of the GNDCS on its website and therefore decided to assist the school through it.

Mrs Gracia, who said her first visit to the country was in 1992 to partake in the "passage of rite" ceremony at Kumasi, urged the students to make good use of the items and indicated that in future she will arrange for an exchange programme between her school and Cape Deaf.

The Cape Coast Metropolitan Director of Education, Mr. Obotan Larbi observed that the culture of reading among Africans was low and this could be a contributing factor to its underdevelopment.

He urged students of Cape Deaf to cultivate the habit of reading to develop their hidden talents and further asked them to dedicate at least 15 minutes everyday to read.

Mr. Larbi was of the hope that a second cycle school will soon be constructed for the school, which is currently up to a JHS level to enable students access higher education and contribute their quota to nation building.

The Headmistress of the School, Mrs. Barbara Anning, who received the items expressed gratitude to the donor and pledged to ensure that they were used for the purposes for which it was donated.

She was unhappy that their limited facilities were being overstretched as classrooms meant for 15 students are now accommodating about 25 students, making teaching and learning difficult.

She appealed to the government and all stakeholders to assist in constructing additional classrooms and other amenities for the school.

On some of the achievements of the School, Mrs Anning announced that three of their students won the commonwealth awards last year and in 2006, the school among others was adjudged the best basic school in agriculture.

The Executive Director of GNDCS, Mr. Kwasi Ofori-Manteaw, who gave a brief background of his organization, said their main objective is to ensure that every Ghanaian hearing impaired child was given equal access to education, health and employment opportunities.

He said to generate employment for the deaf it has started a gari- processing project and was also trying to establish a carpentry workshop, with support from individuals and organizations, and that machinery for the project would soon be shipped from the United Kingdom.

Mr. Ofori-Manteaw appealed to government and other institutions for sponsorship for their programmes.

GNA

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Help disabled kids

18 February 2010
Nthabisang Moreosele

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NEED SUPPORT: Disabled pupils and staff.

NINE mothers joined hands in 1994 and opened a school for disabled children in Sebokeng, Vereeniging.

There were no schools for disabled children and ordinary schools were reluctant to register them. The mothers were advised by a social worker to “do it yourself”.

“Most of our children have profound disabilities. The government and NGOs could not do anything for us, so we came together and founded Boipoloko Stimulation Centre. Ours was the first such school and it is still the only one in our area,” co-founder Maborute Tshabalala said.

She said the school was run on fees of R190 a month per child. There are 22 children who are fed twice a day between 8am and 2pm. Their ages range from two to 18.

The pupils are taught to read and write and count. Pleas to the government for a stipend or grant have fallen on deaf ears.

“We have a five-room school that used to be a government building. We do not pay rent. The social worker who helped us start the school moved and the new ones have not been helpful ,” Tshabalala said.

She said the school struggled to collect food and to pay for the children’s transport.

Mama Angel bought chairs , plates, cups, kitchen utensils, pots and stimulation toys for the centre.

“ We thank you for what you have given us. We hope this will open the doors so that more can be done for the children,” Tshabalala said.

Boipoloko still needs blankets, linen, toys, food and cutlery.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.sowetan.co.za/GoodLife/Article.aspx?id=1114977




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Disabled 14-year-old girl admitted in Grade 1

18 February, 2010 10:00:00 By Faith Vilakati

A disabled 14-year-old girl of Ticantfwini has been admitted for Grade One at Manzini Nazarene Primary School.

Dudu Gumedze speaks with difficulty and cannot see properly but at the school she is treated like a normal bodied pupil.

Principal of the school, who only identified herself as Mrs Mahlalela, said even though they had difficulties teaching the pupil there is nothing they can do for Gumedze.

She explained that she admitted the pupil because they did not want to be seen as discriminatory because she is crippled.

Mahlalela also revealed that she considered Gumedze’s presence in the school as a blessing in disguise because somehow the other pupils learn to love and treat a disabled person like a normal one and be able to help her if need be.

“Normally, a crippled child’s mind changes to the better when he/she mingles with normal bodied children of her age, so I think being enrolled in the school Dudu’s life will change for a better even though she will not be completely changed.

Currently, at the school she feels loved and cared for by both the teachers and fellow pupils and that can be seen when they play,” she said. She also revealed that Gumedze is not the first disabled pupil they have in the school because they also have wheelchair bound Grade Four pupil who joined the school last year.

Mahlalela further revealed that she was happy that Gumedze enrolled at the school just when they have been joined by a teacher who once dealt with children with difficulty disabilities while teaching at Ekwetsembeni Special School.

The principal described the Grade One teachers as a good person who knows how to care for all the children even the slow learners.

“In fact, I have a loving team of teachers who also care for the two disabled pupils we have in the school but it is a fact that we cannot runaway from that they sometimes do have difficulties when attending to the pupils mainly Dudu,” she said.

When interviewed, Dudu managed to say her name, surname but failed to give her age saying she was 10 years old, instead of 14 years.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.observer.org.sz/index.php?news=11272




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FAPED holds seminar on legislation for disabled people

Luanda - A seminar under the theme "Law for Everyone", designed for disable people is set for Monday in Luanda, in an initiative of the Angolan Federation of Association of Disabled People (FAPED), Angop has learnt.

Silva Lopez Etiambulo, FADEP's chairperson, said the initiative aims at providing knowledge on ongoing legislation to officials of associations.

Topping the agenda are matters such as Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Obligations of Disabled People in the Light of the New Constitution in Angola, Equality of Opportunity of Disabled People, Methods of how to Avoid Conflicts Within Disable People

Lecturers are Samuel Paquissi, Silva lopez Etiambulo, Louren?o Humba, Maria da Cruz Tiago, as well as the MP Domingos Martis Ngola.

It is an initiative of the cell phone company Movicel. A similar act is to take place in Cabinda.

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Lions project helps deaf children

Written by Administrator
Friday, 19 February 2010 08:04

Wednesday was a big day for the children and staff of the School for the Hearing Impaired in Khomasdal when the Mayor of Windhoek in his capacity as patron of the Lions’ Advent Calendar Project handed the schoolmaster a cheque for N$ 80,000. Councillor Shikongo did the honours at a ceremony with president of the Lions Club Windhoek Alte Feste, Gisela Bruni. The money was received by the school principal, Mrs FJ Kleinert.

The money is the net proceeds from the sale of 2000 calendars during October and November 2009, after the project was launched at the Windhoek Show last year. The concept of the Advent calendar enabled many lucky winners to walk away with valuable prizes in December, which were generously sponsored by Windhoek’s business community.

At the hand-over ceremony some learners performed traditional dances with the aid of drum beats on the floor, feeling the rhythm of the music through the vibration in the floor. It was indeed an amazing presentation.

The Mayor emphasized in his speech that thanks to the dedicated special education the learners receive at the School for the Hearing Impaired, each and every child has the chance to play an important role in Namibia ’s future. He thanked the Lions Club Windhoek Alte Feste for their awareness in the plight of special needs education and their initiative in supporting this institution. He expressed the hope that proceeds from future Advent calendars will multiply the benefits for other people in need.

In her address, Mrs. Kleinert said that the money will be used for fencing in the school’s premises, since the safety of the hostel children and the security of the school’s property are compromised every day through thefts and break-ins. These criminal acts against an institution that provides essential support to marginalised individuals, have occured ever so often in the past.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.economist.com.na/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=20990:lions-project-helps-deaf-children&catid=573:community-a-culture&Itemid=58




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International support to end polio now

Philippines News.Net
Friday 19th February, 2010

What do the Egyptian Pyramid of Khafre, Buenos Aires' Obelisk, and Chicago's Wrigley Building have in common?

Each of these iconic landmarks will provide a dramatic backdrop for an equally dramatic message: End Polio Now. Those three words - representing Rotary's pledge to rid the world of this crippling childhood disease -- will be projected onto each structure during the week surrounding Feb. 23, the humanitarian service organization's 105th anniversary.

"By lighting these historic landmarks with Rotary's pledge to end polio, Rotary is saying to the world that we will fight this disease to the end," says Glenn E. Estess, Sr., chair of The Rotary Foundation, which oversees Rotary's polio eradication program. "People around the world will see these words and join Rotary and its partners in the historic effort to eradicate polio from the face of the earth."

The End Polio Now illumination of the pyramid is particularly symbolic because Egypt's history spans humanity's struggle with the disease.
Ancient Egyptian artwork carried the earliest known depictions of people disabled by polio; and in 2006, Egypt, along with Niger, became the most recent country to be declared polio-free, leaving only four polio- endemic countries: Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan.

In addition to the Egyptian Pyramid of Khafre, other sites scheduled for illumination the week of Feb. 23 include the Taipei Arena, Taiwan; the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain; the Old Port Captain's Office on the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa, with world-famous Table Mountain as the backdrop; the Obelisk of Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Lake Marathon Dam overlooking the historic Marathon Memorial Battlefield in Greece; the Royal Palace of Caserta in Italy; and in the city where Rotary was founded 105 years ago, Chicago's famous Wrigley Building.

The illuminated displays coincide with a mass mailing of "End Polio Now" postcards to heads of state in some 40 countries worldwide, encouraging governments to continue or increase their commitment to polio eradication, a goal more than 99 percent achieved.

In addition to the landmark light displays, Rotary clubs worldwide have planned a variety of polio eradication awareness and fundraising activities surrounding Feb. 23. Examples include:

In South Africa, a "Kick Polio Out of Africa" awareness campaign will launch on Feb. 23, with the symbolic kicking of a soccer ball in Cape Town, host city to the 2010 World Cup. The soccer ball will travel through 22 high-risk countries on the continent en route to the June, 2010 Rotary International Convention in Montr?al, Qu?bec, Canada.

In Brazil, more than 110 Rotary and Rotaract members will take to Rio de Janiero's Copacabana Beach, where they will spell out the End Polio Now message with colored placards. Skydivers and live bands will celebrate the End Polio Now campaign at the Amazon River's Meeting of the Waters at Manaus, while visitors to the famous Iguazu Falls will see the End Polio Now message atop the huge elevator overlooking the natural wonder.

In the United Kingdom, beginning Feb. 23, Rotary members will solicit donations in exchange for a spot of purple dye on each donor's pinkie finger. That's how Rotary volunteers and health workers in developing countries record that a child has received the oral polio vaccine. The ensuing Purple Pinkie Week will include purple beer specials at a local brewery and selling tickets and purple wristbands for a special soccer match in which the home players will wear purple jerseys bearing the End Polio Now logo.

In South Carolina, USA, the week of Feb. 21 has been declared Rotary Polio Awareness Week across the entire state.

Polio eradication has been Rotary's top priority for more than two decades. The international humanitarian service organization is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF.

Rotary recently pledged to raise US$200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. All of the resulting $555 million will be spent in support of eradication activities.

Great progress has been made, and the incidence of polio infection has plunged from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to fewer than 2,000 in 2009.
More than two billion children have been immunized in 122 countries, preventing five million cases of paralysis and 250,000 pediatric deaths.

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Government urged to give financial and technical support disabled sports

News Date: 21st February 2010

Former Senior Minister and Chief Patron of Disability Options Ghana, Mr Joseph H. Mensah, on Saturday urged government to give more financial and technical support to disabled sports to encourage people with disability to take to sports and help the Association prepare towards the Paralympics Games in 2012.

Mr Mensah noted that the country has a lot of talents amongst the disabled who are capable of performing well in international competitions but lack of equipment, support and commitment by stakeholders makes it difficulty for the Association and country to raise formidable teams for such competitions.

The former Senior Minister who said this at third disabled sports competition in Ho noted that with the support of government, corporate bodies and other stakeholders and sponsors, the country would be capable of raising good teams to represent the country instead of the inclusion of able persons in such the teams.

Mr Mensah said even though the Paralympics standards were high, with the availability of resources and the necessary support, the country was capable of raising worthy national teams to meet those standards to lift the flag of Ghana high.

He advised 'People With Disabilities' to develop interests in various sport events and show commitment to their goals to attract sponsorships.

The participants who were drawn from across the Volta Region and other parts of the country, competed in tricycle racing, blind athletics and cycling and wheel chair races.

They also competed in goal ball, showdown and swimming with trophies presented to winners of the various events.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.businessghana.com/portal/sports/news.php?op=getNews&id=11494&news_cat_id=1




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MPs shortchanged persons with disability in Naivasha

KENYANS ARE HAPPY THAT finally, the prospects of a new constitution are even higher after the Parliamentary Select Committee broke the jinx and agreed on the most contentious issues concerning the Executive.

While it is true that indeed, this was a very divisive issue, it was only the PSC that could have made that political compromise. This is because the parliamentarians in Naivasha represented, not only their personal interests, but those of the two principals in government.

The Committee of Experts did a tremendous job in crafting a draft generally in keeping with the views presented by a cross-section of Kenyans, including persons with disabilities. While we commend the PSC for making a political deal, there is a general feeling that they over-stepped their mandate by opening up other chapters of the Revised Draft that were not contentious.

SOME OF THESE TOUCHED ON ISSU-es that sought to uplift the lives of marginalised communities and those of persons with disabilities. To begin with, the PSC draft in Article 7 does not recognise the sign language, Braille, and other modes of communication accessible to persons with disabilities such as the deaf, the visually impaired, and others.

This has been a great barrier that has seen people with disabilities being left behind in the information age. It is therefore important that this be recognised in the Constitution to ensure that the State reaches out to these Kenyans. Secondly, the PSC reduced the chapter on national values and principles to a mere article in the draft. This was a major blow to the whole document because other chapters were informed by these basic tenets.

For example, Section 13 (2) K recognised the principle of apportioning five per cent of political and appointive positions to persons with disabilities. This principle guided the chapter on representation of the people and the Legislature in that persons with disabilities would have been adequately represented by a definite number of their own in organs of governance such as the Senate, the National Assembly, the devolved government, and the Executive.

Instead, the PSC draft provides that Parliament shall enact legislation to promote representation of persons with disabilities in a progressive manner. Article 90 (1) (C) provides for ‘‘12 nomination seats to represent interests, including youth, persons with disability, and workers. It further provides in Article 92 for Parliament to promote the representation of persons with disabilities through legislation.

First, the latter is untenable as there is no guarantee that persons with disabilities shall be represented in Parliament. If you look at the past, only Josephine Sinyo was nominated by Safina in the Eighth Parliament due to Dr Richard Leakey having been appointed to head the civil service, and he wanted a person with the experience of disability to replace him.

Otherwise, other nominees have been political losers or those close to the party leadership. This is still the same position in the PSC draft, hence creating the same loopholes. The Senate will have 47 elected members, 16 women and a Speaker. Persons with disabilities are left out.

The harmonised draft had provided for eight seats while the revised draft had said that 5 per cent of the Senate be occupied by persons with disabilities. This has been lost. Persons with disabilities are therefore demanding 15 seats in the National Assembly, at least five seats in the Senate to be filled either by an electoral college or through party lists prior to elections. This is the only way they can participate in the legislative process.

ARTICLE 68 OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS in the revised draft should also be retained to as a fundamental way of domesticating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which Kenya recently ratified. It is also important to adopt the internationally-accepted definition of disability as enshrined in the CRPD in the new constitution to avoid ambiguities.

It is noteworthy that women were able to argue their case in Naivasha since they are represented in Parliament, however inadequately. Persons with disabilities were absent because they are also absent in Parliament. We must therefore ensure their recognition if we are to have a fair draft as sections 4, 6 and 30 of the the Constitutional Review Act stipulates.

Mr Mwaura is acting deputy director, programs, with the National Council for Persons with Disabilities. (mwaura.isa@gmail.com)

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Ghana: Transport Systems Should Be Disability Friendly

Akwasi Fredua
22 February 2010

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The Executive Director of the Centre for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities (CEDPD), Mr. Alexander Tetteh, has expressed dismay at the various forms of discrimination that People With Disabilities (PWDs) continuously suffer in trying to access the public transport services.

According to him many, PWDs are not allowed to board public transport services since drivers and their mates do not have the physical strength to carry them together with their wheel chairs. Most drivers, he said, think that PWDs might waste their time since they are competing for the same space with abled passengers within a specified time.

" Some drivers too will not stop to pick us because they believe we are begging for alms and might not have money to pay for the fare, and what makes it more pathetic is that some passengers will not allow drivers to stop for us to board the car. "

These remarks were contained in a petition the CEDPD presented to the Minister of Transport, Mr. Mike Hammah in Accra. The burden of the petition was the inaccessibility of transport systems by PWDs in Ghana.

Mr. Tetteh explained that Section 23 - 30 of the Persons With Disability Act 2006, Act 715 under the heading Integration of Needs of Persons with Disability, specifically states that the Ministries responsible for rail, air, road transport and where appropriate the Ministry of Local Government shall ensure that the needs of PWDs are taken into account in the design, construction and operation of the transportation network.

He said the Act therefore makes it mandatory for government to ensure that the needs of PWDs are taken into consideration in road transport systems.

Provisions have also been made for PWDs to import for personal use any non-conventional vehicle of their choice without the payment of any form of import duty. The Law also provides for reserved seats in all public transports for PWDs. There are provisions also for reserved seats in all public transports for PWDs. The hearing impaired also has the right to own a license upon passing the necessary test organized by the Driver and Vehicle License Authority (DVLA).

Mr. Tetteh also asked the Ministry to expedite action on the establishment of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system which the Ministry announced in Accra. The views of PWDs, he maintained, were sought during the development stage of the project about three years ago, but the concerns of PWDs got lost in the final stage because none of the planners or the developers or the consultants were PWDs.

He promised that CEPD together with concerned PWDs would employ all legitimate means to ensure that BRT system was never implemented if it was not disability friendly.

A member of CEDPD, Mr. E.T. Plahar, echoed Mr. Tetteh ' s concerns by appealing to government to make sure that all vehicles imported to the country are disability friendly.

Responding to the CEDPD concerns, the Minister for Transport, Mr. Mike Hammah, said in line with the new road traffic policies, the Ministry was making provision for PWDs in its new designs and that it was now mandatory that all new vehicles imported into the country should be disability friendly.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201002221155.html




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Disabled Need Access To HIV/AIDS Information - Keoagile

By Baboki Kayawe
Staff Writer

Lack of integrating people with disability in HIV and AIDS messages and intervention means such as counselling is a hindrance to the fight against the scourge.

Currently communications about the disease are tailored in a way that is user friendly for one sector of the population - the able-bodied. In an interview Disability HIV and AIDS Trust (DHAT) programmes officer Shirley Keoagile said as a result, people with disability are subject to the triple burden of disability, poverty and HIV and AIDS.

Keoagile said the most prevalent causes are lack of access to service provision, lack of awareness about the disease and the stigma that comes with being disabled.

"It is even made worse by having contracted HIV/AIDS," Keoagile said.

Moreover, lack of access to vital information, as a result of being excluded from many communication production on HIV and AIDS, may lead to reluctance by the disabled to learn more about the disease. Keoagile stated that in the circumstances disabled people often fear issues like breach of confidentiality as they often require a third party if they are to know their HIV status.

"Counsellors do not know sign language, blind people need guides but because our HIV/AIDS intervention facilities are not tailored to accommodate them, they can be reluctant to get tested knowing well that a third party will get to know about their status," she said.
Keoagile further said high levels of illiteracy and lack of access to formal education also reduce the likelihood of persons with disabilities to access HIV and AIDS information.

"There has been no effort made to package and adapt communication approaches that could improve access and awareness by the disabled community," she said.

Despite Botswana's global rating in the fight again the scourge, she said by all indications people with disabilities have been forgotten.
Their needs have not been given due and appropriate attention in the battle. She further said a remarkable number of people with disability have died in silence - from HIV/AIDS related diseases.

Keoagile said as the DHAT, their role in trying to change the status quo is advocating for the mainstreaming of HIV and AIDS intervention programmes for the benefit of people with disabilities.

"A lot has to be done, there has to be documentation in Braille, for instance, on how condoms should be used," she said.

Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) also admitted that lack of integrating people with disability the in HIV and AIDS communications is a great challenge. BONELA media and advocacy officer, Doris Kumbawa said they have been lobbying for the production of HIV and AIDS educational material that are inclusive.

Though it is expensive to produce such material, she said there is a need to avail user friendly communication means that will help people with disability to be part of the war against the epidemic.

"It is a great challenge, people with disability have been left behind," she said.

Kumbabwa said they are working with various stakeholders like the DHAT, and the National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA) and policymakers to take the needs of the disabled on board.

However, the HIV and AIDS national umbrella body NACA was not cooperative in discussing with Monitor what it has on the table for tackling the issue of exclusion of people with disability in HIV/AIDS messages and intervention programmes.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?sid=1&aid=335&dir=2010/February/Monday22




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East Africa: EAC Urges Member States to Form Councils for Disabled

22 Feb 2010

Kigali - The East African Community (EAC) has called for the creation of councils for persons with disabilities (PWD) in all partner states as one way of addressing the challenges faced by the disabled.

The call was made over the weekend at the closure of the first ever conference on Persons with Disabilities held in Kampala, Uganda.

The meeting, attended by experts, political leaders, and policy makers, emphasized the need to adequately finance the councils to enable them fully discharge their responsibilities.

In an interview with The New Times yesterday, regional legislator Dr James Ndahiro (Rwanda) said that the meeting also agreed to come up with a legal framework that will put in place a comprehensive EAC Disability Law to serve interests of persons with disabilities.

"The Sectoral Council on social affairs will work on this law which will be presented to the Council of Ministers and later to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA)," he said.

Participants emphasized the need to conduct research and provide health services for the prevention, control, early detection, management and support to various human disabilities.

They came up with recommendations on how governments and the EAC secretariat can best address the challenges confronting peoples with disabilities.

"We agreed that the secretariat takes up the responsibility of ensuring that the resolutions are implemented," Ndahiro added.

Among other resolutions, the meeting called for the establishment of a regional disability development fund and for partner states to ratify the UN Disability Convention as a regional bloc.

The meeting also challenged national parliaments to identify weakness in the existing laws, address issues and concerns of PWDs and recommend amendments where appropriate.

Ndahiro revealed that a development partners' conference involving persons with disabilities would be held this year to chart ways on how there can be mobilization of resources to fund programs for PWD.

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http://allafrica.com/stories/printable/201002220849.html




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Disabled people called to learn about Constitution

Luanda - The deputy president of the General Assembly of The Federation of Associations of Disabled People (Faped), Domingos Ngola, Monday in Luanda, urged the disabled people to get informed about the new Constitution.

The appeal was made during a workshop under the topic "Law for all” that gathered handicapped persons.

Ngola told Angop that the country's Constitution will allow disabled people to have greater opportunity of getting jobs.

A National Assembly member, Domingos Ngola said that the workshop will address various topics, which will lead to conclusions to be submitted to Parliament.

The workshop is receiving lectures from MPs Domingos Martins Ngola, Samuel Paquissi, Maria da Cruz Tiago, Louren?o Humba and the president of the Association of Angola’s Disabled Persons (Anda), Silva Lopes Etiambulo.

Sponsored by the mobile telephone company, "Movicel", the workshop brought together officials from 18 associations attached to Faped and will help with the reintegration of disabled people on the job market.

Another such seminar is scheduled to take place in northern Cabinda province.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.portalangop.co.ao/motix/en_us/noticias/politica/2010/1/8/Disabled-people-called-learn-about-Constitution,4bbc7880-a90e-405c-83ca-935359fedf26.html




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UN official voices hope for peaceful Sudanese polls By UN

23 February - Many challenges remain with just under 50 days left until the historic national polls in Sudan, but a United Nations official today expressed hope that the process will continue to be peaceful and reflect the will of the people of the vast African nation.

“We have all recognized for some time the complexity of these elections, ” Ray Kennedy, Chief Electoral Affairs Officer for the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), told reporters today in Khartoum.

The April polls will be the first inclusive elections to be held for decades in the country and are a major milestone in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended over 20 years of north-south strife in one of Africa's longest and bloodiest civil wars.

“Many aspects of the elections are new for voters, and especially so for the majority of voters who are taking part in multi-party elections for the first time in their lives,” Mr. Kennedy pointed out.

In spite of its meagre resources, the National Elections Commission(NEC) has displayed “admirable commitment” in its work to organize and conduct the polls, he said.

It faces many obstacles, including the size and landscape of Sudan, coupled with weak infrastructure in many parts of the country.

For their part, the official said, the Sudanese people can prepare themselves for the elections by attending debates and rallies to learn about the parties and candidates; discussing their views freely and openly with their friends, neighbours and colleagues; and understanding the many ballots they will come across.

The media has a key role to play in informing the electorate, “both by presenting factual information and by encouraging readers and listeners to analyze the world ? and the political campaign going on ? around them, ” he stressed.

While the campaign to date has been peaceful overall, Mr. Kennedy noted that there have been some incidents provoking concern, including reports of civil society groups being preventing from holding awareness workshops on the electoral process.

“We want to take this opportunity to encourage all registered parties and their supporters to continue to demonstrate maturity and respect for the rights of others to campaign, to attend campaign events, and to make their personal choice of leaders and representatives when they are in the voting booth in just a few weeks' time,” he said.

UNMIS, he underlined, does not have a role in observing or monitoring the polls, which falls to international and domestic observers; its part, rather, is to support its Sudanese counterparts “by sharing with them all our experience gained in electoral support missions all over the world.”

UNMIS is assisting the National Elections Commission in several areas, such as advising on the development of plans and procedures for voter registration, nominations, polling, counting and the results' tabulation and announcement. It is also helping to create voter education plans and materials.

“In all these areas, we are able to offer the NEC a variety of options for these activities and to share with them our experiences with those various options elsewhere,” Mr. Kennedy said. But ultimately, “it is the NEC that makes the decisions and that guides the entire process.”

In a related development, UNMIS is also taking steps to enhance the participation of deaf people in the upcoming polls by boosting awareness of the electoral process.

A 10-day workshop, sponsored by the Mission and which kicked off yesterday at the Juba Christian Centre in Southern Sudan, aims to teach participants international sign language so they can communicate with each to address human rights, health and other issues.

The Mission noted that many within both the deaf and hearing populations are not aware of either the voting process or the candidates.

Mathew Dominic, who heads the Electoral Assistance Division in Southern Sudan for UNMIS, stressed that every single vote counts. “It is important for us to recognize this fact and ensure that PWD (Persons with Disabilities) have equal opportunities for voter education,” he said.

Persons with disabilities, he emphasized, have the same rights as others to take part in the elections as voters, members of a political party or candidates.

Mr. Dominic commended the Southern Sudan Deaf Development Concern (SSDDC), which organized the workshop, for its “commendable effort” in reaching out to persons with disabilities.

Earlier this month, the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Mohamed Chande Othman, wrapped up a visit to the nation, telling reporters in Khartoum that representatives of political parties taking part in the April polls complained to him of harassment, intimidation, and restrictions on their activities.

“With the election date fast approaching it is essential that the Government creates a conducive environment for free and fair elections with firm guarantees of the fundamental freedoms of expression and assembly in accordance with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and the constitution,” he said.

Source: UN

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.modernghana.com/news/265491/1/un-official-voices-hope-for-peaceful-sudanese-poll.html




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Man takes the disabled hostage

25 February 2010
Ntwaagae Seleka

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A MAN who allegedly held eight people hostage at Masupatsela Centre for Mentally Disabled People in Evaton, Vaal, was expected to appear in court soon.

The 36-year-old man was arrested yesterday morning after an incident which lasted about 10 hours.

Police spokesperson Captain Julia Claasen said the man was arrested after he surrendered to police.

She said the man went to the centre at about 3pm on Tuesday, armed with a knife, to visit his 33- year-old girlfriend . “At the centre the woman told the man that she no longer loved him . The two then started to quarrel, ” said Claasen.

A police patrol vehicle passing by was stopped by curious onlookers who informed police about the quarrel at the centre. “On seeing police approaching them, the man grabbed the woman and pushed her into a room which was occupied by seven mentally disabled people. He then held them hostage with a knife.”

The police attempted to convince him to surrender but he refused.

They then called for back-up and later summoned hostage negotiators. It was only at about 1am that he surrendered and freed his captives.

Claasen said the seven mentally disabled people were freed without any harm while the girlfriend had a stab wound on her arm.

The man is expected to appear in the Sebokeng magistrate’s court soon to face charges of kidnapping.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.sowetan.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=1117580




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East Africa to harmonise laws on disabled

The New Vision, Uganda
Thursday, 25th February, 2010

EAST African Community (EAC) member states have agreed to harmonise legislation related to persons with disabilities (PWDs). EAC secretary general Juma Mwapachu said the treaty was weak in addressing the challenges faced by disabled people.
He explained that there was need for a comprehensive regional policy governing PWDs. He expressed hope that the members would adopt a binding protocol or enact a regional law on the issue.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/13/711189




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障害者雇用を促進するプロジェクト発足 トーゴ

2010年2月26日 12:00

トーゴの障害者たちをオーストラリアが支援

障害者のための国際条約の実行を促進する目的のプロジェクトが発足した。そし
て、W・ウィリアムズ、トーゴのオーストラリア大使は、PANAに出席したと報じ
られた。

プロジェクトでは、99,741豪ドルが融資され、障害者の日常生活をかなり改善す
ることを目指すと、エベネゼル・アゴルドーム、プロジェクトのコーディネー
ターが言った。

障害者の独り立ちを目指す

プロジェクトは、障害者の教育、仕事と健康に関して、法律の調和化に対する組
織の支持に基づく。しかも、発展投資家の間で抑制される認識のトレーニングを
目指す。

プロジェクトの1年後、プロモーターは、障害者を1人で生きていけるよう、随所
で戦略について説明するつもりだ。プロジェクトで、障害者が健康、仕事と教育
に関して、2、3の法律の採用を含むいくつかの方法によって利用することができる。

(以下は同記事の英文)

Togo launches project for disabled

News - Africa news

A project aimed at promoting the implementation of the international convention for the disabled was launched here Thursday, attended by William Williams, the Australian Ambassador in Togo, PANA reported.

The project, financed to the tune of 99,741 Australian dollars, aims at improving significantly the daily life of the disabled, Ebenezer Agordome, the project coordinator, said.

The project is based on the institutional support for the harmonization of laws on education, employment and health of the disabled.

It also aims at the training of the disabled and raising awareness among development stakeholders.

After one year of completion of the project, its promoters intend to put in place a strategy to make the disabled self-sufficient.

The project will enable the disabled to improve their situation through several ways, including the adoption of a couple of laws on health, employment and education.

It will allow achieving intervention strategies launched by the development stakeholders, which will take into account and integrate the marginalized disabled, among others.

Lom? - Pana 20/02/2010

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.challenged-info.com/news_jgHq5j6Cb.html
http://www.afriquejet.com/news/africa-news/togo-launches-project-for-disabled-2010022044520.html(英文記事)




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FIFA World Cup final venue ready

English.news.cn 2010-02-27 21:49:38 FeedbackPrintRSS

JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium, venue for the opening and closing games of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, was declared ready by the sport's international governing body, local media reported Saturday.

FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke said during a media tour of the facility - the start of a whirlwind tour of the country's World Cup stadiums - that Soccer City is among the best and the biggest stadiums in the world.

Valcke described the pitch as "immaculate" and added that it was time that people stop doubting the ability of South Africa hosting the World Cup.

"As everyone can see the stadium is complete and I have no doubt every team that plays in this venue will find it awesome.

"It is undoubtedly one of the best stadiums in the world and I cannot wait for the start of the World Cup," said Valcke.

The stadium will host 94 000 people and the opening game between South Africa's Bafana Bafana and Mexico.

The media were shown around the impressive stadium, which also makes provision for physically challenged people so they too have easy access and front-row tickets to the showpiece.

"All our stadiums have facilities for people who are disabled, because we also want them to be part of the World Cup," said South Africa's local organising committee chief executive Danny Jordaan.

With the stadium having been completed, Jordaan said that they were confident that the outer perimeter will also be finished on time.

"As you can see we are in the final stages of the completion of the whole construction and every team that plays here will find it eye- opening," added Jordaan.

Related:

South Africa to survey World Cup accommodation prices

JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- People who try to fleece foreign football fans by charging them excessive rates during FIFA World Cup in South Africa will be caught out, South African tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said on Monday.

The South African tourism department has commissioned a survey to look into allegations that some accommodation providers are hiking prices excessively for the World Cup, he said in a statement.Full story

Visitors to South Africa for World Cup may get price relief

JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Visitors to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup may get some price relief if South Africa's top trade union boss has his way.

Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of Congress of South African Trade Unions, wants South Africa's competition commission to intervene in the pricing of transport and accommodation ahead of the World Cup, which takes place from June 11 to July 11.Full story

Pele suggests World Cup games should have 5 officials

MEXICO CITY, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Former soccer player Pele said on Monday that FIFA should field a match official behind each goal to assist the referee at the World Cup, in order to avoid scandals like Diego Maradona's infamous handball at the 1986 tournament.

Pele was in favor of five match officials being used in each game at the World Cup in South Africa from June 11, but he was opposed to the introduction of video replays as he said stopping play to review a potential foul could impede a possible counterattack.Full story

Editor: Xiong Tong

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/sports/2010-02/27/c_13191028.htm




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Disability does not mean inability

Sunday, 28th February, 2010

By Didas Baluku

Since time immemorial, the world has gone through a number of revolutions ? political, social, economic and industrial. However, the disability movement, the world over has taken a critical, but slow approach to uplift the status of people with disabilities.

The unfortunate part is the community perception that disability complicates life not only for people with disabilities, but also their families.

“Disability is a reduction, restriction or disadvantage that comes as a result of the impairment. This is compounded by society’s expectations and the person’s struggle to fit in.

This shows how disability is a result of the gap that exists between a person’s capabilities and societal demands.

In light of this, society is what disables an individual, thus the need for society to adjust to suit the individual, rather than the individual adjusting to society demands. The challenge, therefore, is to ensure that disability is not inability. But how do we achieve this? Certainly, Rome was not built in one day. But the community-based rehabilitation approach (CBR) is the way to go if we are to help people with disabilities break the social and economic handcuffs.

CBR is a strategy for enhancing the quality of life of people with disabilities by improving opportunities, promoting and protecting their human rights.

The quality of life of PWDs in Uganda is unbearable, with majority resigning themselves to self-pity and resorting to begging on streets or depending on their relatives for upkeep.

To make matters worse, society treats them as objects of pity. This not only undermines their potential, but also demeans them and batters their self-esteem.

It is, therefore, our role to help people with disabilities to change this negative attitude by involving them in development programmes.

It is only through encouraging them to actively participate in income- generating projects and decision-making agendas, access to education and employment opportunities that we can help them live a better life.

It is through goodwill, not charity that we can uplift people with disabilities in this country.

The writer is a community based rehabilitation student of Kyambogo University

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/459/711453




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【アマゾンを利用してAJFに寄付を!】アフィリエイト報告2010年2月

昨年末、gCOE生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト内のアフリカ関連情報ページのリンク先が変わりました。
今後は、以下をご利用ください。
 アフリカ
 http://www.arsvi.com/i/2.htm

新しいページも作りました。
 アフリカ Africa 2010
 http://www.arsvi.com/i/2-2010.htm

こちらもごらんください。
 エチオピア・ケニア調査 25年目の検証『飢え』『援助』『エイズ』
 http://www.arsvi.com/2000/1001ht.htm

現在、gCOE生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト内の[amazon]をクリックして購入された本のアフィリエイト・フィーを僕が受け取り、AJFへ寄付する仕組みができています。
このアフィリエイトの仕組みについては、以下を見てください。
 http://www.arsvi.com/b/a.htm
アマゾンを利用される方は、ぜひこの仕組みを活用して、AJFへの寄付につなげてください。

2月は396点が対象となり、紹介料は40,149円でした。

2月末に出た雑誌『現代思想』3月号、特集「医療現場への問い 医療・福祉の転換点で」には、僕も短文を書きました。
僕の書いたところだけなら、6pなので立ち読みできると思いますが、非常に刺激的な内容の号なので、購入してじっくりと読んで下さい。

現代思想2010年3月号 特集=医療現場への問い 医療・福祉の転換点で
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4791712099/ryospage03-22/ref=nosim/
インタビュー「医療的ケア」が繋ぐもの 杉本健郎・立岩真也
病苦、そして健康の影 医療福祉的理性批判に向けて 小泉義之
海図なき医療政策の終焉 猪飼周平
家族の余剰と保障の残余への拘留 戦後における老いをめぐる家族と政策の(非)生産 天田城介
精神医療に代わるもの フランコ・パザーリアと精神病院廃絶の思想 美馬達哉
人工内耳は聴覚障害者の歌を聴くか? 上農正剛
ヒポクラテスの切っ先 吉野靫
爛熟する生権力社会 「臓器移植法」改定の歴史的意味 小松美彦
新薬開発 貧しい人々を除外すべきか? T・ポッゲ 的場和子訳
南の国々から広がる地球規模疾病負荷(GBD)との闘い 斉藤龍一郎
予防接種という〈衛生〉 種痘の歴史の反照から 香西豊子
医療的ケアに踊る ALS-D 08-10 岡本晃明


今後も、使っているプリンターのトナーやインク、USBメモリー、またコピー用紙などが必要な際にも、以下の利用法を参照して、アフィリエイトにつながる購入をしてもらえるとうれしいです。
2月23日に12月分アフィリエイト・フィー32,232円を受領し、AJF口座へ振込みました。

アマゾンを利用する際に、以下のいずれかの手順を踏んでもらえると、上記の寄付につがなります。

1)gCOE生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト、もしくは僕のウェブサイトにある本のリストから本を選びアマゾンを利用する。
 gCOE生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト http://www.arsvi.com
 僕のサイト http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~ls9r-situ

 ※上記いずれかを「お気に入り」もしくは「ブックマーク」登録されると、アフィリエイト利用が簡単になります。

2)gCOE生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト内上記のアフィリエイト説明ページ、僕のウェブサイトの各ページにあるアマゾンへのリンクからアマゾンへ入って、本、DVD、CD、PCおよび周辺機器、日用品などを購入する

3)メーリングリスト、mixiで僕が本と一緒に紹介するアマゾンへのリンクを利用する


どうぞよろしく。


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National Disabled Assessment Centre left to rot

Accra, March 1, GNA - The only National Assessment and Resource Centre for Children with Disabilities and Special Educational Needs has been left to rot due to lack of funds.

The dilapidated wooden structure situated at Achimota a suburb of Accra leaks badly such that when it rains during working hours, the staff have to vacate the premises, Madam Grace Preko, Deputy Head of the Centre told the Ghana News Agency on Monday.

She said what had worsened the situation at the centre was a tree that fell on top of the structure on June 14, last year, which had resulted in severe leakages and the degeneration of electrical gadgets used to diagnose children with special needs.

The centre was established to provide avenues for the identification and detection of early childhood disabilities and special educational needs.
Madam Preko who is visually impaired said about three years ago the centre launched an appeal for funds to give the facility a facelift. She said although government responded positively to the appeal, the centre was yet to get the needed support to commence the project. "We are now aware that government has approved some funds for the contract to be put on tender, but we are not sure about what is happening," she said.

She said disability was a multi-disciplinary issue that needed to be tackled by all sectors of the society. Madam Preko called for attitudinal change towards people with disabilities to make it possible for the vulnerable in society to compete favourably. "Accepting persons with disability will make the world a better place," she noted. Mr. George Pat Tackie, Head of the Centre reiterated the need for government to pay urgent attention to their plight. He said government promised to assist the centre with funds from the Ghana Educational Trust Fund to construct new structures. Mr. Tackie said the state of the centre was not attracting clients, whilst some of the expensive items in the office were at the mercy of the rains.

"We need security," he stressed, adding "this place is not suitable as an office". Commenting on society's attitude towards the disabled, he said most people were ignorant about people with disabilities, due to superstitions and other prejudices. Mr. Tackie said science had proven that disabilities were a result of chromosomal and genetic abnormalities or incidence that occurred during or after birth.

He urged the public to accept persons with disabilities since they have a lot to offer society. He said it was important that the Ghana Education Service begun an extensive educational campaign on disabilities to enable people to accept them.

Nana Yaa Agyeman, Founder of ShareCare Foundation, a civil society organisation and a support group for people with neuro-immunological diseases in Ghana, appealed to the public to pay attention to people with disabilities. She said the only way Ghana could catch up with development was to assist the vulnerable in society. Nana Agyeman therefore urged government to develop structures that supported people with disabilities and the vulnerable in society.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=177674




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Government keen on assisting disabled

02 March, 2010

GABORONE - Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi, has told Parliament that a number of programmes were in place to assist people with disabilities and their families to cope.

Answering a question from Kanye South MP, Mr Abram Kesupile, Minister Masisi said he was aware that people with severe and profound disabilities went through life with great difficulties placing a heavy burden of care on their families.

He, however, said among key programmes aimed at assisting such people was the Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programme administered by the Ministry of Local Government in collaboration with that of health to promote integration and participation of people with disabilities in all social and economic spheres of their communities.

The assistant minister also noted that there were other numerous programmers run by the various ministries and non-governmental organisations to assist people with disabilities in that regard.

In addition, he said, government had found it necessary to establish the coordinating office for people with disabilities under the Office of the President to improve the overall coordination of their programmes as well as to provide strategic direction in the delivery of disability programmes.

Mr Kesupile had asked the minister if he was aware that people with severe and profound disabilities were through life with difficulties placing a heavy burden of care on their families. He also wanted to know what strategies were in place to assist their families and the disabled.

BOPA

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.gov.bw/cgi-bin/news.cgi?d=20100302&i=Government_keen_on_assisting_disabled




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Ghana: NGO Calls for Free NHIS for Physically Challenged Students

David Alan Painstil
2 March 2010

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The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of New Blue Vision International, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), operating in the Western and Central regions, Alfred Biney, has called on President John Evans Atta Mills to consider providing free National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registration for physically challenged students in the country.

He said such a policy would enable them to enjoy free medical care, to make them to feel part of society. He made the call when he donated assorted goods worth over GH¢8,000 to the Cape Coast School for the Deaf last Saturday. The items include detergents, education material, sports kits, towels and soft drinks among others.

Mr. Biney said the government had provided free education for the unfortunate ones in society, and added that when they enjoy free medical care through the insurance scheme, it would make them feel much better than before.

He explained that his donation was in fulfilment of a promise he made when he visited the school last year, and was touched by the plight of the physically challenged students.

Mr. Biney promised to construct a water closet toilet for them, to help stop the use of the Kumasi Improved Ventilated Pit (KVIP) currently in use at the place. The Headmistress of the School, Barbara Ennin, said the students performed very well during the last academic year, and called for more assistance from the public to sustain the activities of the school.

She said the school now had 374 students, and appealed to parents who had children with various physical challenges, to send their wards to the school. She thanked Mr. Biney for the gesture. The students were treated to good meals and a fashion show as part of activities for the donation.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201003020698.html




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Ammiga spends over USD 100,000 to aid former soldiers

Ondjiva - At least USD 121,770 is the global amount granted by the World Bank and the European Union to support a project on handicapped people and former soldiers in the municipalities of Kwanhama, Ombadja and Namacunde province of Cunene.

The project, called “Futuro Seguro”, is developed by the Angolan Association of Handicapped People and Former Soldiers (Ammiga) and aims at giving professional training, supplying cattle and create ways to reintegrate people.

The project coordinator, Paulo Hangalo said that it includes physical rehabilitation of associates and training on sewing, farming and construction of a school in the area of Mutako, municipality of Namacunde.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.portalangop.co.ao/motix/en_us/noticias/sociedade/2010/2/9/Ammiga-spends-over-USD-100-000-aid-former-soldiers,06dcf6ca-fd9a-4228-9131-19c379b75cf9.html




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Gbeogo School for the Deaf appeals for Support

Tongo (U/E), March 3, GNA - The Gbeogo School for the Deaf in the Talensi-Nabdam District has celebrated its first Open Day with a call on the government, non-governmental organizations and philanthropists to assist the school to enhance its academic work. The Headmaster of the School, Mr. Francis Andiiba, said the school, which was established in 1996 and now has a student population of 320 students, is the only institution for the Deaf in the Region. He the school is being confronted with numerous problems and mentioned some of the problems as lack of accommodation for the Headmaster and the teachers.

The others are difficulty in paying electricity bills, lack of computers, the need to complete the dinning hall, furniture, a fence wall and street lights. Mr. Andiiba said the school would not present candidates for the 2010 Basic School Certificate Examination (BECE) because of the introduction of the Information Communication Technology at the BECE. He said the school needed computers and time to prepare the students for the 2010 BECE and appealed to the Parent/Teacher Association and the School Management Committee to step up their efforts to raise funds for development projects and to generate funds internally by assisting the pupils to produce more vegetables and to assist them in basket weaving.

On the academic achievement of the school, the Headmaster said the school had been performing well at the BECE since its inception and most of the students had gained admission to many Deaf Senior High Schools.

Mr. Andiiba commended the Tongo Area Development Project of World Vision for sponsoring the activities of the opening day celebration. He also paid tribute to Action Aid Ghana, the Catholic Relief Services and other individuals for contributing to the development of the school. The Upper East Deputy Regional Minister, Mrs. Lucy Awini, said the government was committed to the education of children particularly children with special needs. She said government was putting up special facilities for special need schools and incentive packages for teachers who are attached to the Special Education Section. The Senior Programme Officer of the Tongo Area Development Project of World Vision International, Mr. Samuel Laary, assured Management of the School that World Vision would continue to support the school to improve upon its academic performance.

03 March 10

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=177781




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Make the church environment disabled-friendly - US Pastor

Kumasi, March 3, GNA - Religious bodies have been urged to remove architectural and attitudinal barriers, inhibiting people with physical disabilities from becoming actively involved in the church. Pastor David W. Anderson, President of the Crossing Bridges Incorporated, a group dedicated to the cause of the disabled in the United States (US), said this on Wednesday and noted that the Church environment should be made disabled friendly. He said persons with disabilities also need salvation. Pastor Anderson was delivering a lecture on "Ministering to Persons with Disabilities: The Church's Responsibility: Ministry Challenge or Opportunity" at a five-day all pastors seminar organized by the Brotherhood Church in Kumasi. "Evangelism and Nation Building" was the theme and in attendance were 300 Pastors from Ghana, Togo and the US.

Pastor Anderson said "God does not measure persons by what they do or could do and His vision for the disabled is also not limited to this world." He said it was unfortunate that people were allowing traditional religious thinking to cloud their minds, adding that, they lacked accurate understanding of the Bible's teaching.

He said there was the need for ministers of the gospel to broaden and deepen people's friendships to include persons with disabilities and also assist the disabled to develop personal competencies. Reverend Seth K. Adofo, Primate of the Brotherhood Church, stressed the need to end the stigmatization of the disabled and ensure their integration into the society. He said the Church should also be a reliable partner of the state to promote development in the areas of agriculture, construction of schools, health facilities and job creation. Primate Adofo advised Christians to desist from spending working hours in churches because it negatively affects productivity.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/religion/artikel.php?ID=177813




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Cameroon: North West - Disabled Persons Urged to be Self Sustaining

Regina Liengu Etaka
4 March 2010

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People leaving with disabilities make up a good proportion of our population today reasons why the government of Cameroon , Non governmental organization and churches most often clamour for the well being of these group of people.

Empowering this group of people will also reduce the rate of poverty as well as reduce beggars on our streets. The Cameroon Baptist Convention, CBC, Health Board through its Socio-Economic Empowerment of persons with Disability (SEEPD) programme has as main objective to empower disabled persons and letting them have a say in their own issues. The SEEPD programme recently organized a meeting with economic operators and employers to avail the potentials of persons with disabilities.

The meeting was also to encourage business operators, employers to create jobs accessible to persons with disabilities as well as to encourage finance institutions to extend credit services to this group of persons. During the meeting the representative of WINHEEDCAM revealed that after offering loans to persons with disabilities they witnessed a recovery rate of 92%. According to the manager of SEEPD Programme Ezekiel Benu they want to create a society where there is dignity in diversity resulting from respect of values and differences. He said every one needs support, everyone can make a contribution. He therefore called on all to render help to disabled persons when ever need arises.
He said being able is temporal as no one knows when disaster can strike and cause a person to be disabled. He equally encouraged disabled persons to prove their worth and do something which is self sustaining rather than begging on the streets.

The Social and Cultural Affairs Adviser to the governor's office, Ako Rocksonyol said the government is doing its best to promote social inclusion as well as make life comfortable for persons with disabilities.
He equally challenged employers to create conducive atmosphere for persons with disabilities.

The SEEPD Programme has a comprehensive package to prepare groups and associations of persons with disabilities prior to loan disbursement they include, sustainable loan management training programme, group dynamics Training package and small scale business management training package.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201003040648.html




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HM King Mohammed VI lays foundation stone of centre for physically- disabled in Fnideq Fnideq

HM King Mohammed VI laid on Thursday the foundation stone for the building in the northern city of Fnideq of a centre for people with reduced mobility.

On this occasion, the Sovereign was given explanations on this project to be constructed over 2,300m2 for 14 millions dirhams ($ 1.7 Million).

This facility will enable the physically disabled people to acquire skills to depend on themselves and integrate into society.

Afterwards, the Sovereign enquired about the progress made in social infrastructure projects launched within the frame of the social upgrading programme set for the M'diq and Fnideq region.

These programmes were developed with a view to improve the living conditions of the local inhabitants, boost social services and create more economic opportunities.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.map.ma/eng/sections/royal_activities/hm_king_mohammed_vi3475/view




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Basketballer, 20, proves her father wrong on disability

Carol Wanjira, 20, doing household chores at home in Nairobi’s Kawangware estate recently. She has defied disability and plays wheelchair basketball, among other games. Photo/JENNIFER MUIRURI

By JOY WANJA
Posted Monday, March 8 2010 at 20:03

Two decades ago, her father walked out on the family because of her disability; today she is independent and takes care of her grandparents, proving him wrong against all odds. She devotedly performs house chores, prepares meals, does laundry and later catches a bus to town from Kawangware for a wheelchair basketball game.

Ms Carol Wanjira, 20, was born with spina bifida, a condition that involves incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings. On Monday, she joined hundreds of thousands in celebrating women’s achievements during the International Women’s Day celebrations.

Progress for all

This year’s theme, ‘Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities, Progress for All,’ echoes the kind of society she is grateful Kenya is warming up to.
The day was first celebrated in 1975 during the International Women’s Year by the United Nations and has since been commemorated annually worldwide to appreciate past struggles and accomplishments and to encourage women to be the best in their fields of endeavour.

Spina bifida, occurs at the end of the first month of pregnancy when the two sides of the embryo’s spine fail to join and in some cases, the spinal cord or other membranes may push through this opening in the embryo’s back. The term means “split” or “open” spine, though it is closed immediately after birth.

The disease has not watered down her passion for wheelchair basketball and she has religiously attended training sessions every Tuesday for the past three years at Nyayo National Stadium. The former Joytown Secondary School student, who cleared in 2008, says that despite her condition, she lives a normal life and believes she will soon represent Kenya in international matches.

She is also a member of a support group, Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Kenya, Shak, which comprises members whose siblings, relatives of friends have the condition. “Spina bifida comes with its complications especially because most people cannot control their bowels, ’’ Ms Wanjira said in an interview at her grandmother’s house in Kawangware.

She has to drain urine very three hours, a routine she has mastered to ensure she remains dry all the time. The causes of spina bifida are largely unknown. Some evidence suggests that genes may be involved, but in most cases there is no family connection. A high fever during pregnancy may increase a woman’s chances of having a baby with spina bifida.

Ms Wanjira, who attended Dagoretti Special School, disputes the misconception that a person with disability, particularly if it is a woman, cannot soar to great heights in their field of interest. “I have travelled to South Africa to represent Kenya in basketball, a venture that would have been impossible if I did not believe in myself,” she says giving accolades to her Langata Basketball team mates who also play in wheelchairs.

She also received recognition in school for excelling in other games like sitting volleyball and javelin. She also represented the country in 2006 in India where she participated in shot-put. “I need to exercise myself regularly and believe I am more fit than some able-bodied people, ” she said heartily.

Disability fund

Her mother died, and Wanjira now lives with her grandparents, who she hopes to relieve of their responsibility as breadwinners once she sets up her own business from the recently introduced disability fund. Her uncle, Mr Patrick King’ara, says Ms Wanjira is a source of inspiration to all family members especially when they are discouraged.

“She wears a permanent smile and believes that all is achievable to anyone that believes in herself,” Mr King’ara said. Ms Wanjira welcomed the 2003 Act of Parliament that came into effect this year that requires owners of buildings to adjust their premises to suit disabled persons.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
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Disabled insist on elections for posts

Monday, 8th March, 2010

By Josephine Maseruka

MEMBERS of Parliament representing people with disabilities (PWDs) have vowed not to allow the gender ministry to appoint their representatives to the National Council for Disabilities (NCD) as it has been doing.

They were also opposed to district chairpersons appointing people who are not disabled to take majority seats on the council.

The MPs insisted that the original National Union of Disabled Persons in Uganda (NUDIPU) structure of electing representatives of disabled persons from the grassroots to national level must be maintained because it is democratic.

NUDIPU is the umbrella organisation of the associations for disabled persons.
The views were presented to the parliamentary public service and local government committee chaired by Anthony Yiga (NRM).

Alex Ndeezi led the team that included Safia Nalule, the PWDs woman representative, Wilson Nokrach, the northern PWDs representative and officials from groups of persons with disabilities.

The legislators also gave their views on the Local Government Amendment Bill 2009 and the Regional Government Bill.
The MPs said Clause 20 of the Bills which seeks to have representatives of PWDs elected by electoral colleges and established under the National Council for Disability (NCD) must be removed.

They argued that unlike the women and youth councils which are democratically elected and used to elect democratic representatives, the council and its structures were appointed by the minister and chairpersons of districts and sub-counties.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
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Disabled Nigerians Demand Their Rights to Vote

March 9, 2010 by Victor Ulasi

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Explore Now... By: Victor Ulasi, Nigeria

Disabled Nigerians are demanding to be included in the electoral system of Nigeria which gives them the right to contest for any political offices also requested to be given equal opportunity on employments, education and access to public places like there able human counterparts.

People Living with Disability suffer great challenges and are not seen in the working force of Nigeria, while the rate of stigma by the society against them increases on the daily basis and the Federal Government of Nigeria continues to order the execution of people with disabilities on the streets and in public places.

The disabled demand that equal employment and education be given to them irrespective of their deficiencies and urge the Federal Government of Nigeria to create an educational and working environment conducive for the disabled people. The educational institutes in Nigeria are not friendly to the disabled either, and don’t allow the issues to be voted on at a joint meeting of persons with disabilities from all around the nation in Kaduna State.

Even though some of the Senior Special Officials to various state governments are disabled themselves, they do not get full recognition by their respective governments. Despite their attempts to intervene on behalf of the disabled, the authorities continue to order the execution of disabled people.

In an interview with the Senior Special Adviser to Kebbi State Governor on disability matters, Mr. Abdulnasir Sani Arugungu stated that people with disabilities are organizing in grass-root level movements to seek solutions for the disabled in the future.

“Street begging is never in the interest of individuals or in the interest of the community, but when people have no access to employment and education and are being discriminated against by the society, they have no other option but to go on the street and beg. We need a constitutional amendment to provide opportunities for people with disabilities so they can go to school; work, and be accepted for political offices.”

People with disabilities are proposing the creation of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities Bill in the National Assembly of Nigeria. The proposal has been submitted and under consideration with the Federal Government of Nigeria for almost 4 years, yet nothing has been done by the lawmakers so far.

Speaking on stigma and discrimination against women with disabilities, the National Financial Secretary of Persons with Disability, Miss Bilkisu Ado Zango said that as long as the males in Nigeria are concerned “disabled women are corpses and the living have nothing do with the dead”.

“Women with disabilities face tipple the challenges men with the same conditions experience in Nigeria with regard to education and employment.
The society in Northern Nigeria believes that women in general do not need to be educated. Disabled women seeking recognition; therefore might seem an impossible task; however, we believe that we will be able to break through.”

To this end, people with disabilities called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to speed up the process of accepting the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities Bill and that proper provision for employment should be made available for those persons.

Edited by Livia Sappington

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It Is About Time The “Glass Ceiling” Is Removed!

Feature Article of Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Columnist: Badu, K.

People with physical, mental and sensory impairments are more often treated appallingly by the society. Disabled people are usually excluded from any meaningful education; endure hardship (left to fend for themselves) and stigmatised by the society.

It is pertinent to note that the United Nations Charter [1] affirms the essentiality of “a universal respect for and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction”.

Disappointingly, our Politicians are ignobly dragging their feet in removing “the glass ceiling” by refusing to ratify the UN Convention for the rights of persons with disabilities. This is disingenuous gesture on the part of our politicians, notwithstanding the colossal barriers confronting persons with disabilities in Ghana. The United Nations Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities; is an international agreement which requires that governments around the world uphold the rights of children and adults with disabilities. A rigorous search for countries that have ratified the Convention reveals our beloved nation (Ghana) is yet to ratify the Convention. Although, Ghana signed the proposal and the optional protocol on 30th March 2007, however it is yet to ratify the Convention.

This conspicuously explains why the People with disability in Ghana bill was promulgated almost four years ago, but its implementation is yet to be effected. They have not ratified the UN Convention, so, they are not obliged to enforce the Act. In my view, the promulgation of the bill was just a “fig leaf.”

It is worth pointing out that, the Ghana Parliament passed the Persons with Disability Bill on June 23rd 2006. The Disability Act, according to the Ghana Federation of Disabled (GFD), Has 12 main objectives, some of these would seek to create an enabling environment for the full participation of PWDs in national development, to ensure access of PWDs to education and training at all levels, to facilitate the employment of PWDs in all sectors of the economy, to promote disability friendly roads, transport, and housing facilities, to ensure access of PWDs to effective healthcare and adequate medical rehabilitation services, to ensure that women with disabilities enjoy the same rights and privileges as their male counterparts, to ensure that law enforcement personnel, in cases of arrest, detention, trial and confinement of PWDs, take into account the nature of their disabilities, and as well to ensure access of PWDs to the same opportunities in recreational activities and sports, as other citizens.

I’m cognisant of the fact that, the implementation of the Act will require huge resources; however, it can be done if our leaders’ stop the profligate spending. If we can afford $3m to help the Haitians, why is it that we cannot afford to help the “Haitians” in our midst?

This unnecessary procrastination shows the unwillingness attitudes of our leaders’ toward matters concerning people with disabilities. My question to our Politicians is, when are they going to ratify the United Nations Convention to pave way for the removal of the “glass ceiling”?

Sadly, the only National Assessment and Resource Centre for Children with Disabilities and Special Educational Needs in Ghana has been left to rot due to lack of funds (GHP news, 1/03/2010). In my humble opinion, there should be no excuses not to incorporate the needs of disabled people in our national budget. If we can reach out to Haitians in times of disaster, what prevents us from helping “the Haitians” in our midst?

It is about time our Politicians emulated the altruistic attitudes of people like former president of Mexico, Vincente Fox. During general debate of the fifty-sixth session of the General Assembly (2001), President Vincente Fox called upon the international community to combat poverty and social exclusion; he stated that societies should involve all citizens as stakeholders and that a just world must be inclusive of all groups. For that reason Mexico proposed establishment of a "Special Committee" to study the elaboration of an international convention on promoting the rights of persons with disabilities. Their findings resulted in the United Nations Convention for the rights of persons with disabilities.

It is rather unfortunate that some people have to spend the rest of their lives with- mental, sensory, and physical impairments which have substantial long term adverse effect on their abilities to carry out normal day to day living activities, notwithstanding the fact that, they need help and support in order to have any meaningful lives.

Disabled people are also entitled to remain under the sun like everybody else; nonetheless, they have been harshly ignored for a good number of years. Who are we to deny these people of their rights? I reckon some of them who believe in reincarnation will wish to live next time around as an able body person.

This reminds me of how former English football manager [Glenn Hoddle] lost his job for his unguided remarks about disabled people. He incoherently suggested that disabled people are cursed because of their previously unrighteous lives. This was patently preposterous statement from a man who believes in reincarnation. We should not lose sight for the fact that, misfortune can strike at anytime and on anyone of us therefore disabled people should remain part of our nation building process. Succinctly put, ‘everybody hurts sometimes’; so let’s have compassion for each other irrespective of physical deformities.

There are talented disabled people out there, who are given the opportunity, will use their innovative skills, together with their empathetic qualities at the disposal of the needs of others to help move the nation forward.

Unbelievably, disabled people in Ghana are still worse off in 21ST Century, and continue to beg on the streets corners without any meaningful welfare support, notwithstanding their vulnerabilities and huge barriers they have to “hurdle” within the labour market.

In Ghana today, disabled people are estimated to be around 10% of the national population; however they continue to face hardships, total discrimination, and extensive alienation from all sectors of the society.
People with various forms of impairments have to put up with low standard education; chronic unemployment; lack of representation in the political arena; uneasy access to public places and social amenities.
With all these “glass ceilings”, they find it increasingly difficult to enjoy their fundamental human rights.

Although, the 1992 fourth republican constitution provides framework for the protection of the rights of the disabled people, but sadly, they continue to endure injustices from the large section of the Ghanaian community.

The most pathetic and flagitious is, disabled people are treated appallingly by their own families; and the ill effect of such humiliations is disabled people lacking confidence and determination to face the challenges that confront them.

In Ghana today, disabled people arguably represent the highest proportion of the beggars on the streets. Therefore, does it not make sense for the Government to do more to help disabled people to acquire more employable skills by setting up a few more training/rehabilitation centres?

Disabled people should also try and abandon self limiting beliefs, which have been the standing blocks in their personal developments; in this way they will be able to stand on their feet and thereby, receive recognition from the society. I would take this opportunity to remind disabled people to take a cue from the achievements of Emmanuel Yeboah, who defied all odds despite his severe disability, and made his mark on the international scene.

It is worth remembering that disability is not inability; as many disabled people who had been given opportunities in their respective countries have made valuable contributions.

Majority of people portrait disabled people as useless and they only pay attention to their potential problems and flagrantly ignore their full potentials, but in my humble opinion, ability cannot be identified by just an appearance.

Someone may not have a leg to walk; an eye to see; a hand to lift objects etc. nonetheless, might still have something to contribute to the society. In this regard, does it make sense to exclude them from the nation building?

Let us take a person like David Blunket (former British home office secretary) for instance, he is a blind person, nonetheless, he seized the opportunity that was accorded him by the British society. He broke the “glass ceiling” and rose to arguably the second highest position in British politics.

I’m conversant with the fact that, some churches and individuals are doing their utmost best for disabled people. Typical example is Apostle Kojo Sarfo, who deserves commendations for the tremendous charitable work he has been doing. I believe the world would be a better place; if we join forces together and support the vulnerable ones in our midst.

Once again, my advice for the disabled people out there is to get rid of self limiting beliefs and remain tenacious, self assertive and finally, there will be light at the end of the tunnel.

I am really sorry for getting on your nerves but, being a bleeding heart and proponent of disabled empowerment, I cannot keep mute, but to speak on the issues affecting disabled people.

K.BADU.

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スピーチ妨害でプロデューサーと監督の対立発覚 アカデミー賞

2010.03.10 Web posted at: 13:30 JST Updated - CNN

ロサンゼルス(CNN) 今年のアカデミー賞で短編ドキュメンタリー賞を受賞
した「ミュージック・バイ・プルーデンス」のプロデューサーと監督が、授賞式
でのスピーチをめぐって対立している。

作品は、重い障害を克服するジンバブエの女性を描いた短編ドキュメンタリー。
7日の授賞式で作品名が読み上げられ、ロジャー・ロス・ウィリアムズ監督がス
テージに上がって受賞スピーチを始めた直後、プロデューサーのエレノア・バー
ケット氏(63)がマイクを奪い取るという一幕があった。

この舞台裏についてバーケット氏は9日に出演したテレビ番組で、ウィリアムズ
監督が壇上に駆け上がる間、自分は同監督の母親に邪魔されて出遅れたと説明。
「(ウィリアムズ監督は)自分より先に私が出られないようにした。一緒に優雅
にステージに上がるものと思っていたのに、私がまだ半分も行かないうちに話し
始めてしまった」と不満をぶつけた。

授賞式の映像には、ウィリアムズ監督が会場の後方から小走りで壇上に上がり、
オスカー像を受け取ってマイクに向かう姿が映っている。バーケット氏にマイク
を奪われた後は、黙ってそのスピーチを見守った。

「彼に45秒間つまらない話をさせるか、私が遮って話をするか、どちらかしか
なかった」とバーケット氏は言う。

一方、ウィリアムズ監督はこの前日、別の番組に出演し、この出来事について
「ちょっとショッキングだった」と振り返った。バーケット氏とは交友関係を
断ったといい、「クリエイティブなプロセスでは争い事が起きるもの」と、制作
の過程でいさかいがあったことをうかがわせている。

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New policy to boost special education

Learners with disabilities have a reason to smile after the government launched a policy seeking to enhance their education.

Under the new guidelines launched by the Ministry of Education, sign language will be promoted and developed to become an official language at par with Kiswahili and English.

This means that the government and other agencies could soon be compelled to provide information to the disabled in sign language and Braille.

Announcing the measures meant to make learning easier for students with disabilities, Education minister Sam Ongeri also said students with poor vision would be exempted from writing Chemistry examinations.

The subject requires learners to make observations and draw conclusions based on what they see.

At the same time, the Kenya Institute of Education - the national curriculum developer - is to adapt the school syllabus and learning materials to suit the special needs of learners. The document hints at the development of a specialised and regular curriculum to ensure sensitivity to the needs of the learners.

“The policy is to provide education in an inclusive setting at all levels,” said Prof Ongeri.

This will be a big shift because this type of education has for a long time been provided in special schools and units attached to some regular schools.

There are about 22 forms of special needs categorised under the policy including hearing, visual, and physical impairments.

Others are cerebral palsy, epilepsy, mental handicaps, and speech and language disorders.

According to the guidelines, the Kenya National Examinations Council is to establish a special department charged with evaluation of the curriculum for learners with special needs, including the development of Braille scripts.

The council is also to train invigilators and supervisors to enable them to provide special support.

Last year, 420 students with special needs wrote the Form Four examinations, up from 344 the previous year.

The number of such students enrolling in schools countrywide has also been rising over the years.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
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Silent cry for justice

10 March 2010

The young man mumbled and gestured desperately protesting his innocence as the police took him away.

He finally broke down in tears trying to explain the turn of events. Using sign language the officers did not understand, the deaf man explained that it was his neighbour who had attempted to rape a girl, not him.

But the police did not understand, and if they did, did not care. He was placed under police custody before his release without charge four days later.

The incident in Rabuor village near Kisumu, typifies the legal hurdles deaf people routinely face.

Cases of mistaken identity are common and wheels of justice grind even slower due to lack of sign language interpreters.

For the deaf, things are getting harder, The Standard has established. The few sign language experts have left the Judiciary for better paying jobs in the private sector.

Kenya National Association for the Deaf (KNAD) Chairman Nickson Kakiri says only seven sign language interpreters are employed by the Judiciary to cover all the eight provinces. He says with an estimated more than 800,000 deaf people in Kenya, the number is a drop in the ocean.

Legal hurdles

Three sign language interpreters are deployed in Nairobi, one in Eldoret (covering the vast Rift Valley); Kisumu has one covering Nyanza and Western provinces, as does Mombasa.

The shortage of interpreters mean the available are overworked, with some covering up to three provinces.

"The implication is that many deaf people with cases before different courts have to wait long before securing services of interpreters," said a Judiciary official in Nairobi.

"I know of cases involving the deaf which have been pending for more than a year because the interpreters are overworked and have to travel long distances on public transport to appear in courts," he adds.

Besides judicial hiccups, people with disabilities in Kenya are often victims of human rights abuses.

Early this year, The Standard revealed published accounts of deaf girls who had been impregnated by their teachers at Kuja Primary School for the Deaf in Rongo District. One girl gave birth to twins and later dropped out of school.

School authorities and the Ministry of Education denied claims of sexual abuse at the institution.

HARSH REALITY

A deaf teacher who blew the whistle was subsequently transferred under controversial circumstances, even after he wrote to the Teachers Service Commission requesting protection.

The deaf have learnt to compete and succeed in harsh environments where authorities hardly implements policies on the Disability Act, which accords them equal rights in schools, hospitals, colleges and other institutions.

Using their ten index fingers, people with hearing and speech disabilities can weave through even through the most complex of conversations.

They also sing and work out mathematical calculations using sign language. They have shattered barriers and some are seeking leadership positions in various fields. The association for the deaf wants the Government to deploy more sign language experts in the Judiciary, the police force, hospitals and prisons.

"How do doctors attend to deaf people when they do not understand sign language? Isn’t it high time the Government employed interpreters in hospitals?" asked Mr Kakiri.

The electronic media, he says have also alienated the deaf. "There are no sign language experts in the studios to help the deaf people follow news on television," he charged, adding his association is calling for more schools for the deaf across the country. There are about only 40 schools for the deaf across the country.

"We need to establish a modern school for the deaf in every province because there are many children with hearing disabilities who cannot attend normal schools. KNAD also wants the composition of school BOGs in deaf institutions re-instituted to include deaf people," said Jared Osome, the chairman of the South Nyanza Association for the deaf.

He added: "Some schools do not even have deaf teachers while those employed either by TSC or school boards have to endure frequent intimidation, mistreatment especially those who raise issues affecting the deaf pupils."

He said most special teachers including the principals cannot even use sign language fluently yet they are expected to serve deaf pupils. "Some education inspectors assigned to monitor special schools, Mr Osome said, do not even know Sign Language.

"I have an experience where a hearing inspector visited my class at high school. He just came in, sat at the back after brief introduction by class teacher and began taking notes smiling now and then. All the while we veered off the lesson topic and were just busy discussing him," said a deaf human rights activist who sought anonymity.

Kakiri says deaf students in middle level colleges are learning through difficulties because the institutions have not employed sign language interpreters.

Draft constitution

He says the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability, which Kenya is a signatory, states all institutions, including schools and hospitals should be accessible to people with disabilities.

Kenya Sign Language Association Treasurer Monica Nyambura says there are many unemployed sign language experts who should be employed to help the deaf.

"We have over 50 members and many others who have not registered," says Ms Nyambura.

Late last year, people with disabilities put a spirited fight to have sign language enshrined in the Draft Constitution as one of the official languages, but the Committee of Experts and the Parliamentary Select Committee dashed their hopes.

Recently, the Government unveiled Sh200 million grant to help people with disabilities start small business.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
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Africa: The Saga of the Invisible President

Sokari Ekine
11 March 2010

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Rumours about Nigerian president Yar'Adua, violence in Jos, controversy over what happened to aid money during Ethiopia's famine in the 1980s and International Women's Day all feature in Sokari Ekine's round-up of the African blogosphere. There's also good news for Zimbabwe, as a documentary about the remarkable singer Prudence Mabhena and her band Liyana scoops an Oscar, with its inspiring story about overcoming the stereotypes around disability.

Nigeria continues to dominate the headlines between the three month-old saga of the invisible president to this week's renewed religious/ethnic violence in Plateau State. Despite his return to Nigeria two weeks ago, no one has yet seen the president - or if they have, they are not saying.
Rumours abound on Yar'Adua's condition, possible military coups, political coups and counter coups, as various camps try to assert their power.

Elombah reports that a motion to debate the health of the president was squashed by senate president David Mark, and it appears most of the Nigerian leadership has decided to sweep the president and his illness under the table and continue with the status quo:

'Yet, all the state institutions, politicians and other powerful members of the society have resolved to let sleeping dogs lie with regards to Umaru Yar'adua.

'A serving senator of the Federal Republic said "since we have an acting president, it serves no use to continue asking after the whereabouts of our president".

'Similarly at the Federal Executive Council, reports say Jonathan Goodluck - who has never seen the sick president has been cowed into submission, he has even resolved to keep all the Ministers he inherited from his boss- whether you are pro-Yar'Adua or pro-Jonathan, it doesn't matter anymore!

'What this means is as summed up by Reuben Abati: "the political competition in Abuja has been neatly resolved in favour of the Yar'adua's: a sick man gets to keep his office and the privileges attached thereto, his wife remains First Lady and exercises influence on behalf of a husband who is no longer serving the people due to incapacitation, and it is a status quo that will subsist because individual interests have become supreme."

Addressing the renewed outbreak of ethnic and religious violence has to some extent superseded concerns over the President's absence.'

Grandiose Palor traces the violence from 2004 to the present which he believes is due to the deep seated inequalities within Nigerian society and Jos's geographic location as the 'de facto fault line' separating Muslims and Christians:

'It is ironic that this extent of bloody encounters have occurred in Jos, a city which is an acronym for "Jesus our Savior". Perhaps, the origins of the Jos -- a former enclave for colonial missionaries, and its geographic location -- aptly described by some as a "de facto fault line separating Nigeria's mainly Muslim north from its mainly Christian south", is partly responsible for the mishaps. The tensions between the Muslims and Christians blocs have been well demonstrated in regions north of the Niger river. However, the fact remains that the gory events in Jos can be reproduced almost anywhere in Nigeria.

'Nigeria is a nation of natives and settlers; the Nigerian constitution even empowers this ethnic affiliation by giving credence to the of "state of origin" status. Any official job posting, local or federal, asks applicants for their states of origin, likewise, political appointments are based on ethnic and state of origins.'

Max Siollun's post 'Another day, and yet more violence in Jos' avoids the easy explanation which bases itself on religious tensions and provides a deeper understanding of the conflict and it's origins:

'The city has a mixed ethnicity population. However there has been tension between settlers and indigenes. The indigenes are the mainly Christian Birom ethnic group and other Christian groups. The settlers are Hausa or Fulani Muslims, who migrated to Jos from further north.

'Settlers have limited rights to state facilities such as education, scholarships, bank loans and employment. Being an indigene is a key that unlocks full entitlement to such benefits. Thus settlers are aggrieved because they feel excluded, and some indigenes regard settlers as encroaching on their land.

'These differences are amplified by political disputes in Plateau State.
The Plateau State Governor, Air Commodore (retired) Jonah David Jang, is a Birom Christian, and a member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.
His political rivals are the mainly Muslim All Nigeria People's Party.
Thus political rivalry in the state also takes on an ethnic and religious dimension.'

For the past three years, the Egyptian government has been guilty of shooting African migrants along the Sinai Israeli border.

Bikya Masr reports that a group of 14 NGOs have issued a statement supporting the UNHCR criticism of Cairo at the continued shootings:

'"I know of no other country where so many unarmed migrants and asylum- seekers appear to have been deliberately killed in this way by government forces," Pillay said in a statement issued by his office on Tuesday.

'"It is a deplorable state of affairs, and the sheer number of victims suggests that at least some Egyptian security officials have been operating a shoot-to-kill policy," Pillay noted, adding the death toll could "hardly be an accident."

'The majority of those killed come from Sub-Saharan African nations, the UN said, and the shootings have taken place after an agreement between Egypt and Israel was brokered in 2007 to toughen border controls along the Sinai desert."'

Ethiopian blog, Abbay Media comments on the ongoing argument between the BBC and Bob Geldof. The BBC claim that large sums of the aid monies from the Bob Geldof famine campaign of 1985 were diverted into the hands of rebels and used to buy weapons:

'Geldof, awarded an honorary knighthood for his fundraising efforts, said that while he could speak only for Band Aid, he had no reason to believe that any money had been "diverted in any sense".

'He also accused Berhe of bias and challenged the BBC to substantiate its claims. "Produce one shred of evidence; one iota of evidence - not some dissident, exiled malcontent," he said. "Produce me one shred of evidence and I promise you I will properly investigate it," he said. "I will properly report it and if there is any money missing, I will sue the Ethiopian government - who are the rebels who were fighting the war in Tigray - for that money back now and I will spend it on aid."

'Geldof's defiance was echoed by five other charities, many of whom pointed out that they were well-versed in making sure that aid money got to those in dire need even in the most difficult circumstances.

'"The British public who in good faith donated money to help distressed, starving people need to know that these allegations are preposterous," said Phil Bloomer, Oxfam's campaigns and policy director.'

Mo'Dernity, Mo'Problems comments on the campaign by 'celebrity-whisperer John Prendergast' to raise consumer consciousness over the mining of cobalt and its impact on the war in the DRC. He points out that coltan unlike diamonds is not a luxury item and furthermore there is no substitute for it's super conductor properties found in all technologies:

'Consumers can't voice their power over industry by opting-out of the market. Prendergast isn't going to stop making cell phone calls because he can't and because he can't, consumer activism becomes mere tokenism.

'Compounding the inability to make consumer activism credible is the fact that coltan is alluvial. Mining coltan does not require intensive industry. Rather, small shops can set up fairly profitable extractive rings, which are mobile and require little capital. Regulating these types of industries effectively is like playing the whac-a-mol game - as soon as one provider is regulated, he'll be forced to leave in order to compete with other providers.'

One huge environmental problem across Africa is what to do with the millions of discarded plastic bags littering the streets.

Timbuktu Chronicles reports on a recycling scheme in Ghana which uses the bags to make new more durable plastic bags with interesting designs.
The scheme is also income generating both for those who collect the bags and those who sew and sell them on.

Sokwanele has something uplifting to write about Zimbabwe:

'So incredibly exciting! A film about a Zimbabwean band has made it onto this year's Oscar nomination list, in the 'Best Documentary Short Subject' category.

'Music by Prudence' tells the story of Prudence Mabhena, the lead singer of Bulawayo band Liyana.

'Zimbabwean singer songwriter Prudence Mabhena, age twenty-one, was born severely disabled into a society where disabilities carry the taint of witchcraft; she is more likely to spend her life hidden away in a tiny hut than on a stage in the centre of a city. Her story is the story of many of the disabled kids of Africa, a story of abandonment and abuse.
But Prudence and her seven young band members, all disabled, have managed to overcome stereotypes and inspire the same people that once saw them as a curse.'

Finally Black Looks introduces African contemporary dance and performance art by publishing an essay by Nigerian dancer and acrobat, Qudus Onikeku.

Qudus writes a critique of the bi-annual 'African and Indian Ocean Choreography Encounters' festival of dance calling for African performers to take 'ownership' of the festival and for African dance to be seen within both local and global contexts.

Meanwhile, in commemoration of International Women of Colour Day on Monday 1 March check out Black Looks on Haitian activist Rea Dol, and K FAKTOR's comments on International Women's Day, on Monday 8 March.

Timbuktu Chronicles reports on a recycling scheme in Ghana which uses the bags to make new more durable plastic bags with interesting designs.
The scheme is also income generating both for those who collect the bags and those who sew and sell them on.

Sokwanele has something uplifting to write about Zimbabwe:

'So incredibly exciting! A film about a Zimbabwean band has made it onto this year's Oscar nomination list, in the 'Best Documentary Short Subject' category.

'Music by Prudence' tells the story of Prudence Mabhena, the lead singer of Bulawayo band Liyana.

'Zimbabwean singer songwriter Prudence Mabhena, age twenty-one, was born severely disabled into a society where disabilities carry the taint of witchcraft; she is more likely to spend her life hidden away in a tiny hut than on a stage in the centre of a city. Her story is the story of many of the disabled kids of Africa, a story of abandonment and abuse.
But Prudence and her seven young band members, all disabled, have managed to overcome stereotypes and inspire the same people that once saw them as a curse.'

Finally Black Looks introduces African contemporary dance and performance art by publishing an essay by Nigerian dancer and acrobat, Qudus Onikeku.

Qudus writes a critique of the bi-annual 'African and Indian Ocean Choreography Encounters' festival of dance calling for African performers to take 'ownership' of the festival and for African dance to be seen within both local and global contexts.

Meanwhile, in commemoration of International Women of Colour Day on Monday 1 March check out Black Looks on Haitian activist Rea Dol, and K FAKTOR's comments on International Women's Day, on Monday 8 March.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201003111065.html




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A Tough Challenge: Disability Centers in Africa

By Geoffrey Kamadi

Freelance Writer - Kenya

Anne Waithira (R) with Eva Wanja (L) an employee of Kenya Society for the Mentally Handicapped (KSMH).

Even though Lucy Njeri knew that her firstborn daughter, who is now14 years old, had a medical condition, she had no clue it was a mental one.

Njeri, a resident of the low-income Dandora Estate on the outskirts of Nairobi, thought that her daughter, Anne Waithira, suffered from a form of pneumonia, and so did the physician at a back-alley clinic.

"She began falling down by herself without being touched. I thought that Waithira was suffering from a kind of pneumonia because the clinic had diagnosed her condition as that," Njeri recounted to IslamOnline.net (IOL).

Waithira continued to receive treatment for pneumonia till she was seven.

"When the physician saw that her condition did not improve, he decided that my daughter suffered from something else," recalls Njeri.

Acting on the physician's advice, Njeri sought a second medical opinion at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), one of the largest referral hospitals in East Africa, based in Kenya. It was at KNH that Waithira was diagnosed with epilepsy.

An Uphill Struggle for Parents

"The percentage of people with disabilities in Tanzania is slightly higher than the known world percentage, and the centers handling this population are far too small."
Just like most of other parents of children living with disabilities, Njeri's life is struggling. Working as a washerwoman, she does not have a steady income.

Her child's condition has confined her movements so much that she hardly has time to look for a decent work. This means that she can ill afford the prohibitive cost of epilepsy drugs.

She now seeks assistance from the Kenya Society for the Mentally Handicapped (KSMH) for her daughter's drug needs.

Hilna Pankaj Shah, an educational psychologist and the deputy chief executive officer at the society, told IOL that the facility relies almost exclusively on donations.

However, this funding has been dwindling over the years, making it difficult to provide the required and adequate care for people living with mental disabilities. KSMH, which has representatives stationed in various parts of the country, is the only facility of its kind in the entire Republic.

"Disability organizations in Kenya are mainly donor-driven. Despite the fact that they receive some form of government funding, this assistance is usually less than adequate," Shah explained to IOL.

She adds that donations can only go so far to provide care for that segment of the population, living with mental disabilities in the country. There are 3.5 million Kenyans living with mental disabilities.

"Donor funding can last for only six months. This is not enough to run the day-to-day operations at the facility," says Shah.

A cursory glance round the facility does well to drive this point home.
Despite the fact that a door label on one door conveniently proclaims "Physiotherapist" and on another door "Neurologist," these doors open into empty rooms.

More still, a brand-new electroencephalogram (EEG) machine acquired through donations is available yet unused and left idle in another room.
The room has since become a receptacle for laundry. Sometimes, explains Shah, neurologists use it to check damage on parts of the brain.

KSMH opened its doors in 1971, as an organization for parents whose children live with disabilities. Since then, the organization has been struggling to keep staff and to adequately cater for the needs of people living with mental disabilities.

One of the ways in which KSMH is trying to help, explains Shah, is to look for funds through a program known as Carers Program.

"We want to raise funds to help parents [of children living with mental disabilities] hire a caregiver so that they can go out to look for a job and better look after their children," Shah explains the program initiative.

This initiative was necessary according to Shah, because parents either stayed at home to look after their children, or were forced to lock up their children just so they can go look for a work.

"Tablets can cost up to KES 500 (USD 7), yet these parents cannot even afford [the] taxi fare to come to this facility," says Shah.

Continent-wide Problem

"The same region has only one orthopedic technician and one occupational therapist, serving the whole region."
Tales of underfunding and lack of adequate facilities are very common in the majority of disability centers across the continent.

Dennis Mahina is the founder of Lake Victoria Disability Centre (LVDC) in Musoma, Tanzania. He told IOL that disability centers in Tanzania are not sufficient.

"The percentage of people with disabilities in Tanzania is slightly higher than the known world percentage, and the centers handling this population are far too small," Mahina told IOL through an e-mail interview.

He stresses that rehabilitation centers in the country are neither well equipped with facilities, nor do they have qualified personnel. He cites an example in the Mara Region of Tanzania.

With a surging population of 1.6 million inhabitants and expanding, the Region has known only two physiotherapists in its entire history. These physiotherapists have been working for less than six months since their deployment in the area.

"The same region has only one orthopedic technician and one occupational therapist, serving the whole region," reiterates Mahina.

One frustrating element in providing help to people with disabilities across Africa is what Mahina terms as "little" vision if any exists at all in the manner in which health and planning policies are drafted.

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Geoffrey Kamadi is a freelance journalist based in Kenya. He can be reached by sending an e-mail to gkamadi@yahoo.com.

Read more: http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1264249772519&pagename=Zone-English-HealthScience%2FHSELayout#ixzz0huosfTR0

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エジプトにおける障害者支援の現状と課題

昨年7月からアフリカの障害者問題に関する学習会を開催しています。
これまでに、コートジボワールの障害者生計調査報告、カメルーン熱帯雨林地域
で暮らす障害者への聞き取り報告をもとにした質疑、意見交換を行ってきました。
今回は、JICA専門家としてエジプトで障害者支援のプロジェクトに携わった山内
さんからプロジェクトの内容と共に、アフリカでも最もアラブ色が強いと言われ
ている、エジプトの障害者観にも触れていただき、今後の課題について報告を受
け、質疑を行います。
どうぞご参加下さい。

講師:山内 信重(やまうち のぶしげ)氏
   社団法人神奈川学習障害教育研究協会(神奈川LD協会)
   文教大学人間科学部
日時: 3月13日(土)18:00〜20:00
会場: 千代田区富士見区民館 3階 洋室C
   *エレベーター、多目的トイレあり。
地図:http://www.city.chiyoda.lg.jp/service/00065/d0006580.html
 または、
   http://maps.google.co.jp/maps?hl=ja&utm_source=ja-hp
資料代:500円
問い合わせ・申し込み:AJF事務局 斉藤
  電話 03-3834-6902
  メール info@ajf.gr.jp
  会場準備の都合上、事前に参加連絡をいただけると助かります。
  以下を知らせてください。
  ・名前
  ・緊急連絡先(当日連絡のつく電話番号、メールアドレス)
  ・必要な支援
共催:(特活)アフリカ日本協議会(AJF)
   http://www.ajf.gr.jp/
   (特活)DPI日本会議
   http://www.dpi-japan.org/
   立命館大学gCOE生存学
   http://www.arsvi.com

○学習会について
1999年にアフリカ統一機構総会(当時、現アフリカ連合)で決定されて開始され
たアフリカ障害者の10年は、2008年末、アフリカ連合総会で2019年までの延長が
決まり、現在も取り組みが拡大しているところです。
一方、日本で接することのできるアフリカの障害者問題に関する資料や報告はま
だまだ限られています。アフリカの障害者問題に関心を持つ研究者、障害者支援
のプロジェクトに関わってきた人たちから報告、問題提起を受け、質疑を行いな
がら、アフリカの障害者問題への理解を深め、具体的な取り組みにつなげていく
きっかけとして学習会を開催しています。

○共催団体について
AJF・gCOE生存学は、スーダン障害者教育支援の会(CAPEDS)と共に、スーダン
における視覚障害学生支援に関する座談会、公開インタビューを開催しました。
詳しくは、gCOEウェブサイトをご覧下さい。
DPI日本会議は、2002年以来、JICA主催「アフリカ障害者の地位向上コース」を
企画・実施してきました。



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Persons with disability want constitution amended

By JIMOH RASAKI Monday, March 15, 2010

Photo: Sun News Publishing
A group, Joint National Association of Persons With Disabilities

(JONAPWD) has called on the two chambers of the National Assembly to amend section 42 of 1999 Constitutions as well as section 57, 52 of Electoral Act of 2006.

National President of the group, Barrister Danlami Bashiru, made this call at a recent event in Lagos to commemorate the 2010 International Women’s Day with the theme; “Equal rights for Disabled Women in this Democratic Dispensation.” Specifically, Bashiru lamented that disabled persons, both male and female in Nigeria are faced with four major categories of challenges such as discrimination, exploitation, marginalization and stigmatization.

“We have a total number of 19 million persons with disability in Nigeria, one million five hundred thousand persons with disability are in Lagos alone, with a population of about 150 million people in Nigeria and 10 million people in Lagos. This implies that 15 per cent of the population of Lagos State and over 12.5 per cent are in this category.
No doubt, any nation that does not provide opportunities to engage effectively this huge population and high proportion of its total population is losing.”

Barrister Bashiru noted that women in this group suffers triple jeopardy, first as a woman, secondly as woman with disabilities and thirdly, they suffer discrimination from fellow women in the society.
He, however, revealed that JONAPWD has inaugurated the women’s wing of the body in Lagos for disabled women to have a strong voice, speak for themselves, demand for their rights and to provide lasting solution to challenges they faced.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.sunnewsonline.com/webpages/news/national/2010/mar/15/national-15-03-2010-012.htm




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Zambia: Hikaumba calls for promotion and protection of interests of disabled employees

Leonard Hikaumba (R)

The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has called on government to come up with mandatory laws that promote and protect persons living with disabilities at work places.

ZCTU president Leonard Hikaumba noted that most disabled people have over the years been subjected to segregation and unfair treatment by their employers. He said despite their physical challenges, disabled persons have the potential to positively contribute to the growth of the country through various skills.

Mr. Hikaumba said this in Lusaka today when he officially opened a one day workshop organized by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in conjunction with various worker representatives aimed at equipping worker representatives with knowledge and information needed to become committed advocates for disabled persons.

Meanwhile Mr. Hikaumba has called on organizations intending to construct buildings to have the disabled persons in mind. He said it is sad that most work places in the country are not user friendly to disabled persons.

Mr. Hikaumba said it is important for organizations to ensure that their buildings have staircase and access ramps for persons with disabilities to avail them easy access to their buildings.

Speaking earlier ILO Skills and Employability Senior Specialist, Barbara Murray, said there is need for employers to change their attitude towards disabled people.

Ms Murray observed that disabled people are equal partners in development hence the need for them to be given equal employment opportunities just like any other person. She has since appealed to employers to give fair working conditions to persons living with disabilities just like their able-bodied counterparts.

ZANIS

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.lusakatimes.com/?p=24736




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Nigeria: Pencom Wants Group Life to Cover Employee Disability

Sola Alabadan
16 March 2010

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The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has stated that it is making efforts to extend the group life insurance made compulsory by the Pension Reform Act 2004 to employee disability while still in service.

PenCom gave this hint at the one-day seminar organised by the Office of Head of Service of the Federation for Permanent Secretaries and Director General of Government Agencies in Abuja recently. The seminar was tagged "Implementation of Life Insurance Policy under the Pension Reform Act(PRA) 2004 - Role and Responsibilities of MDAs"

Section 9 (3) of the Pension Act stipulates that: "In addition to the rates specified in sub section (1) of this section, employers shall maintain life insurance policy in favour of the employee for a minimum of three times the annual total emolument of the employer." The policy is to be purchased by the employer on behalf of and for the benefit of employee from an eligible licensed insurance company in the country.

Speaking on the features of life insurance policy, the Director-General, National Pension Commission, Muhammad Ahmad, explains to cover a minimum of three times the Annual Total Emolument of employees. The Annual Total Emolument is defined as basic and all allowances i.e. gross emolument.

He said the group life insurance policy covers death in service and support beneficiaries of the deceased employee. Death includes missing persons as provided in Section 6 of PRA 2004. Efforts are in progress for policy to cover employee disability while in service.

The group life insurance policy is required to be renewed after every 12 calendar months just like other insurance contracts, which are being arranged on a yearly basis.

Although the implementation of group life insurance policy should have commenced since July 2004 when the Pension Act become effective, its take-off in the public sector was delayed due to consolidation in the insurance industry and need for implementation framework/structure. Thus, while PenCom and National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) have jointly issued the Guidelines for Life Insurance Policy for Employees in June 2006, the actual take-off date was January 2008. The guidelines stipulate modalities for implementation of the scheme and the policy is deemed to have commenced on July 1, 2004 with the commencement of the Act.

While pointing out that the success of the life insurance policy is critical to the continued success of the pension reform, Ahmad stressed the need for compliance the various MDAs to ensure a successful implementation of the scheme in the public sector.

He further explained that separate life insurance policy arrangement required for the core civil service under the OHOSF, political appointees under the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Armed Forces, Police, Paramilitary under their respective supervising agencies, treasury funded agencies and self funded agencies.

PenCom had processed 1,650 death cases with life insurance proceeds worth N254,347,190.70, while 232 cases with Retirement Savings Accounts(RSAs) have already been credited with N396,609,134.37 life insurance proceeds.

In a similar vein, 513 cases with RSAs (N990.79million) were yet to be paid, while 905 deceased cases without RSAs (N1,166.95million) awaiting the opening of Death Benefit Accounts (DBAs) by beneficiaries to facilitate payment and 690 cases were not processed due to incomplete documentation, thus forwarded to OHOSF.

PenCom ceased to process such cases effective January 1, 2009 while OHOSF took over the processing/coordination.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201003170735.html




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Nigeria: Pass Disability Bill, Association Urges National Assembly

Emmanuel Elebeke
17 March 2010

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Down Syndrome Association of Nigeria has urged the National Assembly to expedite action in passing the disability bill currently waiting to pass through the third reading in the Senate.

The group said such passage had become necessary due to the important role it will play in saving the victims from the humiliation and inhuman treatment being meted on them by the society.

The National President of the association, Rose Mordi who made the position known to the press at the 3rd annual special inter-house sports competition organized for Down Syndrome children in Lagos commended the legislatures for their efforts so far, but said DSAN will leave no stone untuned in seeing that the law makers are prevailed upon to pass the bill into law, to enable them save more lives and families, which are currently being lost due to the indiscriminate practices against those born with deformities.

According to her, the event was put together to create more awareness and integrate the children born with down syndrome with the rest of the society.

"As a support group, we have been able to save lots of lives, train them.
What we are doing today is part of our integrated programme. A lot have been abandoned, but through our aggressive awareness creation, lots of lives have been saved," she stated.

Mordi who blamed the problem of those with deformity in the society to misconception and negative attitude of the society said society is a big challenge that must be tackled, if the campaign against discrimination of those with deformity must be successful.

To her, the ability of the society to put legal structures on ground and integrate the children into the society and rehabilitate them adequately must be reviewed to reposition Nigeria among other nations that respect and uphold the sanctity of human rights.

She regretted that of the 65 per cent of children born with deformities in the country, majority of them are left unattended to and abandoned due to the nonchalant attitude of the society, pointing out that the ignorance had been there for so long, which will require time to be corrected.

The DSAN president who solicited for support from well meaning Nigerians and corporate organizations cleared the doubts about the ability of down syndrome children to attend university education.

"A lot of them are very good in art work, even more than normal children.
It is possible for them to go to university. I have seen two with Phds in United State. They need to be empowered to be financially independent," she posited.

In his presentation, a sponsor and Chief Executive Officer of VT Leasing Limited, Akin Opeodu, while commending DSAN for its efforts said "we have no choice than to support these children neglected and abandoned by the society. We can't continue to wait for government to come and do everything before we can show sympathy to them in our little way."

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201003171216.html




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Zambia: Man condemned for ditching fianc?e who gave birth to a limbless son

(ZDHHPB) has strongly condemned the man of Namwala District who has ditched his twenty nine year old fianc?e for giving birth to a limbless child.

Melody Miyoba of Sigwidi village in Chief Bright Nalubamba’s area was betrothed to Trust Michelo who has however changed his mind following the birth of his limbless son, Blessings two years ago fearing that people would laugh at him for having a disabled child.

ZDHHPB Programmes Director Elijah Ngwale told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that the decision by Mr. Michelo to ditch his fianc?e and abandon his biological disabled child was inhuman.

Mr. Ngwale said ditching the fianc?e and abandoning the disabled child would negatively affect the child’s future.

He said there was no need for Mr. Michelo to ditch the fianc?e and abandon the disabled child as the child was innocent.

He said the disabled child was young adding that he needs all the support from his biological father who is still alive.

Mr. Ngwale said the child did not wish or choose to be born disabled adding that Mr. Michelo should consider rescinding his decision of abandoning his disabled child.

He said Michelo’s child can contribute significantly to the development of the country despite his condition adding that disability is no long inability.

Mr. Ngwale has since called on all Zambians to condemn Mr. Michelo for abandoning his disabled child.

Mr. Ngwale said what Mr. Michelo did was total discrimination not only on the part of his child but all disabled persons.

He said it is very unfortunate that some people in the country were still discriminating persons with disability.

ZANIS

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.lusakatimes.com/?p=24831




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ケニア:髄膜炎で視力を失った警察官

By WALTER MENYA
Posted Friday, March 19 2010 at 20:19

Perhaps more than any other profession in the country, the police force demands that everyone who works there be close to 100 per cent physically fit.

One policeman, however, defies that attribute: Constable Alphonce Masila Mutinda is blind, and works as a Criminal Investigation Department officer. To cap it all, his prowess and dedication to his duty, despite being the only blind CID interrogator in the country, is the envy of many, including his peers.

He has a sad tale about the circumstances that led to his disability, and how he overcame his misfortune. It all goes back to May, 2007. That month, Mutinda, 33, lost two of the most important gifts in life: his sight and his wife. After 10 years in the police force, he suffered two bouts of meningitis, first in 2006 and again in May 2007.

The disease left him blind, and, as he was recovering, his wife of five years left him, taking away their only child. Three years down the line, however, Mutinda has learnt to live with his disability. The former fingerprints expert chose to stay with the police force as a CID officer, stationed at Kitengela police post.

There are not many blind policemen in the country. Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe says: “We do not recruit blind officers but along the way, one or two may develop medical complications. In such circumstances, they are not removed but we let them continue to serve.” As we enter the office, he stands up to welcome us with an outstretched hand.

All this while there is no indication that he is blind save for the Braille equipment on his table and the white cane behind his chair. “It is only when he takes out a punched brown piece of paper from the file to begin reading that one realises he is blind. “People come here and leave without knowing that I am blind,” says Mutinda, whose work today mainly entails interrogation. “It’s by God’s will that I cannot move around with a lot of ease as before,” he remarks.

Mutinda is from Mulingana, Kangundo. He has worked at CID headquarters in Ruaraka, and in Nandi Hills. After losing his sight, Mutinda enrolled at Machakos Technical School for the Blind to study Braille in September 2007. The school also acted as a rehabilitation centre for him. “I learned to use Braille independently and even started walking with a white cane,” he said.

With only his sight gone but the desire to serve the country still alive and burning, he returned to his old job, as interrogator. He is not done yet with learning Braille and is currently saving for his fees. At Kitengela, along with six colleagues, Mutinda is among the leading crime busters.

While interrogating the suspects, he sometimes takes down notes in Braille that he later uses to brief his boss, he said. Though bereft of sight, Mutinda’s prowess in his duty is the envy of many, including his colleagues. His condition does not bother him anymore “because God has accorded me life and another dimension in my duty,” he says.

He has never contemplated quitting the police force, nor has anyone asked him to retire on compassionate grounds, he said. He has learnt to walk up the stairs with the white cane to the office he shares with his colleagues. At Kitengela, he lives across the road opposite the police post, and every morning and evening, he crosses the usually busy Nairobi-Namanga highway.

Occasionally, he is helped across the road by Good Samaritans because, he says, drivers along the road do not respect the white cane. Mutinda has since remarried after the trying period and lives with his wife in Kitengela.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.nation.co.ke/News/regional/Meet%20Kenyas%20only%20blind%20detective/-/1070/883062/-/ysu4bt/-/index.html




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I am a graduate and would like to be independent

When people meet him, they show sympathies by offering money, mostly hurling coins at him, which he declines to accept. The well-wishers, puzzled why he should turn down their help in his condition, hardly stop to get to know him, least of all, even ask his name.
But, Edwin Kipkogei, 28, an orphan, dismisses this as "misplaced sympaties."

"I wish some of these people who try to give me small handouts knew I am better off than some of them. But they have categorised me as simply another disabled person requiring pity and assistance," Kipkogei said when we visited him at Kobil village, Keiyo North District.

Kipkogei was born in 1982, without both legs and an undeveloped right hand.
His only full limb is the left hand. We found him tending his tree nursery, which he weeds easily with one hand before cutting grass for his cow.

It was amazing to watch him do, with one hand, all the tasks able bodies people can do.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/InsidePage.php?id=2000006343&cid=4&




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Disabled protest lack of seats at FIFA World Cup

2010-03-26 09:39 BJT

South African Disability Alliance members burnt tyres at the South African Football Association house on Thursday in protest against the lack of accessibility of 2010 World Cup stadia to people with disabilities.

Disabled demonstrators protest outside the Soccer City Stadium, background, in Johannesburg, Thursday, March 25, 2010, to protest the amenities provided for them at host city stadiums during the FIFA World Cup Soccer Tournament that gets under way in June.

More than 50 deaf, blind and wheelchair-bound protestors descended on the South African Football Association on Thursday to complain at the lack of disabled seats and access at the upcoming FIFA World Cup.
Chanting slogans and carrying banners that read "the deaf want to be heard" and "no seats for us", SADA voiced their discontent at the way they believe they are being ignored by the organisers of the World Cup.

Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan came out of SAFA House to try way-lay their concerns. However, the protestors feel that the main problem has been the lack of consultation with them by the local organisers. They set light to four wheelchair tyres. SADA executive Ari Seirlis said the the alliance was burning tyres to indicated the pain of the disabled at not being able to attend any of the 2010 World Cup matches.

Ari Seirlis, the executive of South African Disability Alliance, says, "I don't believe they have taken the disability seriously and I really believe that the LOC owe all South Africans, people with disability and people to become people with disability, the opportunity to look at our stadiums and say: 'We can go there. We were there. We can participate.
We can hold our own Paralympics in these stadia.' Right now we can't.
They're just big monstrosities. We're sitting on the edge. We can't get in."

Danny Jordaan, CEO of local organising committee, says, "So, we have to work with you, not only to make sure the seats are there, but that these seats are full and people buy the tickets. And maybe you have the same problem as everyone else has, that the tickets are not accessible.
Perhaps that is an issue that we must discuss."

Jordaan accepted a memorandum of their grievances from the protesters and said he would meet with the leadership of SADA on 31 March to discuss the issues raised.

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