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作成:斉藤龍一郎
 *(特活)アフリカ日本協議会事務局長

アフリカ日本協議会(AJF)2013
HIV/AIDS 2013
グローバル・エイズ・アップデイト
Gender in Africa
アフリカの子ども
アフリカ障害者の10年
アフリカ開発会議(TICAD)
気候変動とアフリカ
アフリカと中国
アフリカとスポーツ
アフリカの食料・農業問題
アフリカの石油、資源
アフリカの保健・医療
アフリカのICT
ケニア共和国 Republic of Kenya 大統領選挙と騒乱
ソマリア海賊対策と自衛隊派遣問題
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
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○2007年までのニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 〜2007年
○2008年1月〜3月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2008年 1
○2008年4月〜6月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2008年 2
○2008年7月〜9月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2008年 3
○2008年10月〜12月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2008年 4
○2009年1月〜6月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2009年1月〜6月
○2009年7月〜9月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2009年7月〜9月
○2009年10月〜12月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2009年10月〜12月
○2010年1月〜3月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2010年1月〜3月
○2010年4月〜6月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2010年4月〜6月
○2010年7月〜9月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2010年7月〜9月
○2010年10月〜12月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2010年10月〜12月
○2011年1月〜3月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2011年1月〜3月
○2011年4月〜6月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2011年4月〜6月
○2011年7月〜9月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2011年7月〜9月
○2011年10月〜12月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2011年10月〜12月
○2012年1月〜3月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2012年1月〜3月
○2012年4月〜6月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2012年4月〜6月
○2012年7月〜9月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2012年7月〜9月
○2012年10月〜12月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2012年10月〜12月
○2013年1月〜3月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2013年1月〜3月
○2013年4月〜6月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2013年4月〜6月
○2013年7月〜9月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2013年7月〜9月
○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
◆2013/10/01 AllAfrica.com Namibia: Portray Disability Positively - Kavetuna
◆2013/10/01 AllAfrica.com Sierra Leone: Deaf and Dumb Lament Government Neglect, Societal Discrimination
◆2013/10/02 Nigerian Tribune 22-year-old rapes 3-year-old deaf and dumb girl
◆2013/10/02 Nyasa Times Fedoma angered with Malawi gov’t delays to gazette disability Bill
◆2013/10/03 BusinessGhana Takoradi celebrates International Week of the Deaf
◆2013/10/03 Ghana News Agency Bong District Assembly reject project that is not disability friendly
◆2013/10/03 AllAfrica.com Tanzania: Man Spared Jail Over Rape of Disabled Girl
◆2013/10/05 Ghana Business News Director dismisses misconceptions about deaf persons
◆2013/10/06 Sudan Tribune S. Sudan’s new labour bill to protect physically disabled: official
◆2013/10/08 The Star Online District welfare head rapped for not meeting disabled
◆2013/10/18 AllAfrica.com Nigeria: Gov Peter Obi Failed the Disabled in Anambra
◆2013/10/18 AllAfrica.com Malawi: 'Light of the World' Demands Rights for the Disabled
◆2013/10/21 Osun Defender Gov. Ibrahim Shema abandoned deaf and dumb 1st child from a secret lover ready for DNA test to proof paternity claim
◆2013/10/21 Awoko Sierra Leone News:Stakeholders meet to popularize Disability Act
◆2013/10/21 AllAfrica.com Namibia: Visually Impaired Demand Dignity and Equal Opportunity
◆2013/10/22 The National Disabled former rebels vandalise Libyan parliament
◆2013/10/22 AllAfrica.com Gambia: Disaster and Living With Disability
◆2013/10/23 The News Liberia: Senator Wants Support for Visually Impaired
◆2013/10/24 AllAfrica.com Uganda: We Must Maintain Disability Momentum
◆2013/10/24 New Vision UK minister hails Uganda on disability action
◆2013/10/25 AllAfrica.com Malawi: Deaf Week Activities Slated for Kasungu
◆2013/10/29 AllAfrica.com Kenya: Disabled Pupils Are Equally Intelligent
◆2013/11/01 AllAfrica.com South Africa: Government Observes Disability Month
◆2013/11/02 AllAfrica.com Eritrea: Workshop Aimed At Reinforcing Activities of Eritrean War-Disabled Women Conducted
◆2013/11/05 GhanaWeb Danaa excellence awards for the disabled on dec. 8
◆2013/11/05 AJF アマゾンを利用してAJFに寄付をお願いします
◆2013/11/06 Nigerian Tribune Ekiti completes school complex for the deaf at Ikoro
◆2013/11/08 AllAfrica.com Egypt: Archbishop of York Visits Egypt
◆2013/11/11 GhanaWeb Ghana Federation of the Disabled to hit the streets if…
◆2013/11/13 GhanaWeb I stand by my promise to help the disabled - Borngreat
◆2013/11/13 Ghana National Disability Excellence Awards Launched In Accra
◆2013/11/14 AllAfrica.com Africa: Focus On Disability - Problems With Donated Technology
◆2013/11/15 AllAfrica.com Ghana Federation of the Disabled Stakeholders Meeting
◆2013/11/17 Eyewitness News Philippines: Senior citizens start disabled fund
◆2013/11/17 AllAfrica.com Nigeria: Children Parliamentarian Leads Al-Makura to Dine With Lepers At 61
◆2013/11/19 AllAfrica.com Kenya: Disability Fund Held in Bank
◆2013/11/19 AllAfrica.com Angola: Lwini Foundation Offers Prosthesis for Handicapped in Huambo
◆2013/11/20 Ahram Online Protesters in Cairo demand employment rights for the disabled
◆2013/11/20 Nyasa Times Malawi gov’t gazettes Disability Act, Minister sends warning shot
◆2013/11/20 Daily News Egypt Rights groups warn of loopholes in article for rights of the disabled
◆2013/11/21 AllAfrica.com South Africa: Overcoming Disability in the Workplace
◆2013/11/22 AllAfrica.com Gambia: Health and Nutrition Gambia to Embark On Nationwide Meningitis Campaign
◆2013/11/23 AllAfrica.com South Africa: Bridging the Digital Divide for People With Disabilities
◆2013/11/24 Egypt Independent Tutankhamun had disability because his parents were siblings
◆2013/11/24 Nyasa Times God’s existence: Malawian atheist Thindwa Vs Pastor Masikamu
◆2013/11/25 spyghana.com Ghana commence disability act reforms
◆2013/11/26 Ghana Oye Lithur Calls For Amendment Of Disability Act
◆2013/11/26 AllAfrica.com Angola: Over 90,000 Disabled Persons Get Government Assistance
◆2013/11/26 BusinessGhana Airtel Ghana Donates To State School Of The Deaf
◆2013/11/27 AllAfrica.com Ghana: Bosome-Freho Assembly to Offer Employable Skills to Disabled
◆2013/11/28 GhanaWeb Disability Act must be amended - Oye Lithur
◆2013/11/28 spyghana.com CHRAJ dragged before for court
◆2013/11/28 StarAfrica.com Cameroon: Deaf and dump football match
◆2013/11/28 AllAfrica.com Angola: MINARS Update Statistic Data of Disabled People
◆2013/11/29 spyghana.com Richoff Disability Festival Hits Ghana
◆2013/12/01 Aljazeera.com Nigeria's fight against AIDS
◆2013/12/02 GhanaWeb Establish more sign language centres - Association
◆2013/12/02 GhanaWeb Federation satisfied with inauguration of disability boards
◆2013/12/02 Osun Defender Awolowo never understood real politics at anytime ?Omololu Olunloyo
◆2013/12/02 AllAfrica.com South Africa: Collaboration is Crucial to Address GBV and Disability
◆2013/12/03 GhanaWeb School for the Deaf to close down over Ghc 14,000 rent
◆2013/12/03 AllAfrica.com Africa: Focus On Disability - Enabling Full Participation in Science
◆2013/12/03 Times of Zambia Jobs scarce for disabled people
◆2013/12/03 AllAfrica.com South Africa: Collaboration Is Crucial to Address GBV and Disability
◆2013/12/03 Somaliland Sun SOMALILAND: Historic Commemoration of the International Day of People with Disability in SL
◆2013/12/04 Times of Swaziland A NATION LIVING WITH DISABILITIES
◆2013/12/05 Daily News Disabled call for inclusion in constitution review process
◆2013/12/06 AllAfrica.com Sierra Leone: President Koroma Intervenes to Restore Land to Blind School
◆2013/12/07 アフリカ子ども学研究会 第4回アフリカ子ども学研究会 周縁化された子どもたちと教育
◆2013/12/07 Vibe Ghana Savelugu School of the Deaf appeals for assistance
◆2013/12/07 AllAfrica.com Tanzania: Those Who Are Hard of Hearing!
◆2013/12/07 第4回アフリカ子ども学研究会 マラウイの学校現場でのインクルーシブ教育への反応
◆2013/12/08 AllAfrica.com Rwanda: Upgraded Airport Caters for Physically Impaired
◆2013/12/09 GhanaWeb Ghana Wins Silver At West Africa Deaf Football Tournament
◆2013/12/09 GhanaWeb Andrew Okaikoi comes to the aid of School for the Deaf
◆2013/12/09 GhanaWeb Okaikoi saves Mampong Akwapim School
◆2013/12/09 Kenya Broadcasting Corporation 1.4 m Kenyans have disability: Report
◆2013/12/09 AllAfrica.com Zimbabwe: Mr, Miss Deaf Crowned
◆2013/12/10 spyghana.com Municipal Assemblies Warned Against Stealing Disability Fund
◆2013/12/10 AllAfrica.com Malawi: Do Not to Lock Up Physically Challenged Children - Mzimba Dem
◆2013/12/10 Sierra Express Media Malisha Da Queen donates food to disabled at Grafton and Hastings
◆2013/12/10 Sierra Express Media SLAD observes International Day for the Disabled
◆2013/12/10 Times of Zambia Develop Disability Act work plan
◆2013/12/10 AllAfrica.com Rwanda: Tigo Brings Digital Life to Disabled Children
◆2013/12/11 spyghana.com Airtel Employees Donate To Sweden Ghana Medical Centre
◆2013/12/11 UN News Centre Human Rights Day: UN pays tribute to activists, landmark Vienna Declaration
◆2013/12/11 UNPO Somaliland: The President Commemorated International Day of People with Disability
◆2013/12/11 spyghana.com Meet Mr Jacque Joubert: recipient of the National Disability Young Leader Award
◆2013/12/11 複数ソース 南アのネルソン・マンデラの追悼式典の手話通訳,偽物か?
◆2013/12/11 DailyPost Nigeria Government is insensitive to our plight - Disabled people in Anambra state cry out
◆2013/12/11 ITWeb Disabled not exempt from e-tolls
◆2013/12/11 The Voice of Russia Fake interpreter outrages S African deaf community making a 'total mockery' of language during Mandela's funeral
◆2013/12/12 コーヒーアワー障害と開発シリーズ第39回 障害学生への支援:スーダンと日本の共通点と相違点(2013年12月12日)
◆2013/12/12 南ア女性・子ども・障害者省 The Right of Deaf South Africans to Access to Information and Communication
◆2013/12/12 The Star Online Malaysian deaf community gives thumbs down to fake sign language interpreter
◆2013/12/12 Sowetan Deaf interpreter’s reference company ‘does not exist’
◆2013/12/12 IBNLive Fake' interpreter for deaf at Mandela's funeral made up his own signs
◆2013/12/12 Khaleej Times Interpreter for deaf at Nelson Mandela event called fake
◆2013/12/12 Hindustan Times Fake' interpreter at Mandela ceremony says he was hallucinating, saw angels
◆2013/12/12 Yahoo South Africa Deaf Hollywood actress reacts in shock to 'fake' interpreter
◆2013/12/12 AllAfrica.com Ghana: Airtel Rescue Akropong School for the Deaf
◆2013/12/12 asahi.com マンデラ元大統領追悼式、でたらめ手話通訳
◆2013/12/12 asahi.com デタラメ手話「これまでは問題なし」 マンデラ氏追悼式
◆2013/12/12 cnn.co.jp マンデラ氏追悼式にでたらめ手話通訳、関係者激怒 南ア
◆2013/12/12 cnn.co.jp 「でたらめ」非難の手話通訳者が反論、マンデラ氏追悼式典
◆2013/12/12 cnn.co.jp 南ア政府、追悼式の不手際認める 「偽通訳者」は否定
◆2013/12/12 cnn.co.jp マンデラ追悼式の手話通訳者、過去に複数罪で起訴
◆2013/12/12 yomiuri.co.jp 「偽者」デタラメ手話通訳、オバマ氏の真横で…
◆2013/12/12 nikkei.com マンデラ氏追悼式、手話通訳者は偽者か 批判続出
◆2013/12/13 Eyewitness News Minister apologises to deaf community
◆2013/12/13 yomiuri.co.jp 「統合失調症だった」手話通訳…マンデラ氏式典
◆2013/12/13 nikkei.com 「統合失調症」と釈明 マンデラ氏追悼式の手話通訳者
◆2013/12/13 AllAfrica.com Zambia Invited for First Deaf Africa Cup
◆2013/12/13 New Vision More schools for handicapped needed - Bishop Kakooza
◆2013/12/14 International Business Times Mandela Memorial Interpreter, Thamsanqa Jantjie, Swears He Didn't Rape Or Murder Anyone
◆2013/12/14 asahi.com デタラメ手話男、疑惑続出 「殺人で訴追」「学歴詐称」
◆2013/12/14 yomiuri.co.jp 「偽物」手話通訳、南ア政府謝罪…学歴も偽りか
◆2013/12/14 nikkei.com 南ア、「でたらめ手話」を謝罪 マンデラ氏追悼式
◆2013/12/15 eNCA Net tightens over deaf interpreter
◆2013/12/16 GhanaWeb Pastor remanded for defiling deaf and dump girl
◆2013/12/16 postzambia.com ZNAD calls for sensitisation to help society understand the deaf
◆2013/12/17 GhanaWeb Pay the insurance premium for people with disability
◆2013/12/17 spyghana.com Samuel Agyemang Wins Disability Advocacy Award
◆2013/12/17 AllAfrica.com Liberia: Disabled Primary Pupils At 0.6 Percent Enrollment
◆2013/12/17 UKZAMBIANS Give disabled chance - Katema
◆2013/12/18 AllAfrica.com Ghana: Bolgatanga to Get Disability Friendly Roads
◆2013/12/18 BusinessGhana Pastor jailed 20 years for raping a deaf and dump woman
◆2013/12/18 Vibe Ghana Committee meets on disability fund
◆2013/12/18 AllAfrica.com Cameroon: Disabled Kids Light Christmas Tree
◆2013/12/19 GhanaWeb Airtel donates to School for the Deaf
◆2013/12/19 South African Broadcasting Corporation New hope for hearing impaired children
◆2013/12/20 spyghana.com Pastor rapes deaf and dump woman
◆2013/12/20 GhanaWeb Pastor jailed 20 years for raping pregnant, deaf woman
◆2013/12/20 spyghana.com Mampong School For Deaf gets computers
◆2013/12/20 Nigerian Bulletin Company to Give Disabled people Scholarships in Gombe
◆2013/12/20 AllAfrica.com Gambia: Deaf Scorpions Recruit Talents Ahead of Nation's Cup
◆2013/12/20 AllAfrica.com Gambia/Cote d'Ivoire: Gambia Deaf Scorpions in Tour Ahead of Abidjan Nations Cup
◆2013/12/20 AllAfrica.com Zambia: Samuel Mofya Shows That Disability Does Not Mean Inability
◆2013/12/21 Egypt SIS Reformulating insurance, solidarity, disabled people laws: Minister
◆2013/12/21 AllAfrica.com Zambia: PF Support for Disabled Welcome
◆2013/12/23 The Standard Digital News Church for the deaf beats odds to praise God
◆2013/12/23 Al-Bawaba AUC celebrates first International Day of People with Disability
◆2013/12/23 The Standard Digital News Church for the deaf beats odds to praise God
◆2013/12/30 AllAfrica.com Gambia: National Deaf Scorpions Back From NBR Tour

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

【Related Sites】
○スーダン障害者教育支援の会 http://capeds.org
【参考図書】
○アフリカNOW 78号 特集:アフリカ障害者の10年〜アフリカの障害者の取り組みは今
2007年10月20日発行 一部500円(送料実費) 必要な方はAJF事務局こちらへ
内容 ○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−」
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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Namibia: Portray Disability Positively - Kavetuna

AllAfrica.com
BY HILENI NEMBWAYA, 1 OCTOBER 2013

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THE Deputy Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Juliet Kavetuna, has called on the media to portray people with disabilities positively.

Kavetuna, who was speaking at the congress of youth with disabilities yesterday, said writing positive stories about people with disabilities and publishing or broadcasting them would help such people. She asked young journalists to change their reporting language so that they can change the mentality and attitude of the community at large. Kavetuna wants the Unam Disability Unit to be equipped so that it becomes effective.

"We need to see more students with disabilities enrolling at Unam as a result of an enabling environment," said Kavetuna.The four-day congress will discuss unemployment among youth with disabilities.

She urged potential employers to consider engaging more people with disabilities.

Kavetuna blamed some government institutions for discrimination against those living with disabilities even if they have necessary qualifications. Brian Prince of the NYS said the government should empower people withdisabilities.

The Governor of Oshana Region, Clemence Kashuupulwa, responded to Prince's outcry by saying that the government wishes to improve the living con- ditions of the disabled but the problem lies with the policymakers and not with the politicians.

"There is a policy in place that assists people with disabilities to improve their living conditions and involve them in politics. Do not blame the government but the policy makers," said Kashuupulwa.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201310010292.html




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Sierra Leone: Deaf and Dumb Lament Government Neglect, Societal Discrimination

AllAfrica.com
BY MATTHEW JABBY, 1 OCTOBER 2013

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The president of the Deaf and Dumb has expressed great consternation that his members have been denied their basic right in many learning institutions in the country.

Mrs. Ramatu Sesay in an exclusive interview with Concord Times said Sierra Leone lacks note takers or sign language interpreters in colleges to help with communication for students with hearing and speaking disabilities.

She said the country does not ensure equal education for people with disabilities since many institutions remain inaccessible. She lamented that there are neither a Junior secondary and Nursery schools for the deaf in Sierra Leone, nor a college for special needs education, which she said makes learning very the deaf and dumb in this country.

Sesay further revealed there was marked discrimination against the deaf and dumb in many circles in Sierra Leone, including in leadership. She also called for tougher sanctions for persons who impregnate teenage deaf and dumb girls.

Sesay said the deaf and dumb are the most vulnerable of people with disabilities in the country as many in society consider them only to perform menial jobs, even if they are relatively educated, and accord them little or no respect. She said people make mockery of them and they are taken seriously.

She said she oftentimes feel like dying as a result of the deplorable status of deaf and dumb people in Sierra Leone. She said the Sierra Leone National Union of the deaf has no subvention from government to enable them implement most of their activities.

Consequently, she said they are left to rally round well-wishers and humanitarian groups for assistance, like the sports betting company Mercury International.

She appealed to both the government and development NGO for assistance, and implored the government to provide them a state land to construct a National Institute for the deaf and dumb, which she expressed confidence would be funded by development organizations like the Japanese International Cooperation Agency. She also appealed to development NGOs to create a budget lines for the welfare of the deaf and dumb in Sierra Leone.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201310011327.html




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22-year-old rapes 3-year-old deaf and dumb girl

Nigerian Tribune
Written by Tunde Ogunesan Wednesday, 02 October 2013 07:21

EVEN the police officers who arrested the suspect could not but betray their emotions when Mrs Kafayat Abiola came to report at the police station that her three-year-old daughter (names withheld) was raped by a 22-year-old Uche Chukwu last week.

According to the mother of the three-year-old girl who resides at Baba Isale Compound, Kudeti area, Ibadan, the suspect took advantage of the little girl’s’ condition to perpetrate the evil act. She added that when the girl’s behaviour was abnormal, she tried to confirm her strange reaction where the girl was able to narrate what happened.

On sensing the development, Mrs Abiola was said to have raised the alarm and reported the matter to the police. The victim was then taken to the Adeoyo Hospital, Yemetu, Ibadan, where medical examination was conducted on the girl and penetration was confirmed.

The suspect, Chukwu, sources informed, is currently undergoing interrogation at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Iyaganku, Ibadan.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Police Commnad, DSP Olabisi Clet-Ilobanafor, said the incident was a sad and unfortunate one.

“The suspect committed a crime against a minor and a physically challenged person. He will be charged to court after preliminary investigation has been conducted and if the court finds him culpable, he has to face the music.” Meanwhile, according to a survey conducted by the News agency of Nigeria (NAN), incidence of rape has taken a serious dimension in Ibadan, Oyo State, with over 20 new cases reported monthly.

The survey revealed that the menace was fast assuming a dangerous dimension with reported abuse of minors.

James Ajibola, the legal adviser to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State chapter, one of those polled in the survey, said that rape was one of the social vices currently ravaging the society.

Ajibola, said that aside the fact that it is an aberration, underage girls are now major targets of rapists, leaving their victims with horrible experiences.

The legal practitioner said that the Nigerian constitution defines rape and spells out penalties for culprits, which range from two to 14 years jail term, depending on the severity of the crime or court’s discretion.

He said that it was very difficult to give an accurate statistics of rape cases, because of a number of factors.

According to him, the intervention by various people to settle rape cases out of court had contributed to seeing rapists go unpunished and thus encouraged more rape cases.

“Over 20 new rape cases are recorded on a monthly basis in Ibadan alone, with only one out of 100 per cent rape cases receiving diligent prosecution,” he said.

Intimidation and poverty on the part of the victims, he noted, were other reasons why rapists go free.

In his own submission, Dr Benjamin Olley, a lecturer at the Department of Psychology, University of Ibadan, described rapists as insane.

Olley wondered why the quest for power and materialism should result into the destruction of innocent and underage girls.

“The situation in which men have sexual intercourse with underage girls is abnormal,” he said.

Olley also noted that the act had many negative implications for the victims.

“They are exposed to various sexually transmitted diseases and more often than not, they lose their self-esteem or could even become promiscuous,” he said.

A rape victim, who gave her horrible experience in court during a cross examination, felt dejected in her account.

The victim, a 25-year-old undergraduate student of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, said that the rapist threatened to behead her if she refused to allow him.

The two-month old pregnant lady narrated that the culprit had other men who collaborated with him to ensure that the illicit act was carried out on her in spite of her plea.

“When I was shouting, some men were there, but did not help me,” she said.

Another Ibadan-based legal practitioner, Jelil Rufai, explained that the Nigerian society is in a serious immorality crisis with different degrees of disintegration in social values and norms.

Rufai, added that unemployment was one of the root causes of rape, which had conversely led young men to drugs and their uncontrolled urge for sex.

“I also suggest that men who are of age should get married,” he added.

A human rights activist with the Child Protection Network, an NGO based in Ibadan, who preferred anonymity, linked the menace to the high divorce rate in the society.

According to him, many couples had abandoned their vulnerable children to be raped by idle men.

“I will also advise our girls to shun provocative dresses,” he said.

He called for the collaboration of all stakeholders, urging them to be vigilant and to report suspected rapists.

He also called on the police and the courts to urgently tackle the numerous rape cases on ground.

“If we have quick dispensation of rape cases, it would discourage the offenders,” he said.

Grace Akinsehinwa, prosecutor and an Assistant Superintendent of Police, who has prosecuted many rape cases in Ibadan, blamed many parents and guardians, whose children and wards have been defiled or raped, for not pursuing their cases to logical conclusion.

She added that those parents and guardians would rather prefer to keep mute than expose those involved, all in the name of protecting the minor ’s future.

She noted that the Nigeria Police had been educating parents, guardians and women on the readiness of the police to assist them in the prosecution of cases.

DSP Olabisi Clet-Ilobanafor, the Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Command, condemned the act, saying that men who engaged in the act had fallen below the animal level.

Clet-Ilobanafor, however, said that the command would soon begin a Police community outreach programme against rape.

She said, “The programme, when it starts, would aim at enlightening girls on how to avoid being raped by men.”

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.tribune.com.ng/news2013/index.php/en/component/k2/item/22986-22-year-old-rapes-3-year-old-deaf-and-dumb-girl.html




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Fedoma angered with Malawi gov’t delays to gazette disability Bill

Nyasa Times
Malawi News Agency October 2, 2013

Federation for Disability Organization in Malawi (Fedoma) is not amused by government tactics not to gazette the disability Bill and has since pleaded for speedy gazetting of the disability bill which was passed by parliament in May last year.
Fedoma observes that further delay to the process is tantamount to continued victimization of people with disabilities.
Fedoma Executive Director, Mussa Chiwaula told Malawi News Agency on Wednesday that ever since Malawi Parliament nodded to the enactment of the legislation, people living with disabilities have been waiting with hope for a change in their welfare but this has not been the case as the Bill has now clocked almost a year without gazetting.
“Nothing has so far been done in terms of implementing the provisions that are contained in the Act. But we are lobbing authorities for a speedy gazetting of the Bill so that it is becomes operational,” Chiwaula said.

Fedoma boss Mussa Chiwaula

He said the institution has so far engaged the Ministry of Persons with Disabilities and the Elderly, the Malawi Human Rights Commission and is currently talking to the Ministry of Justice so that there is expeditious enactment of the Bill.
“We feel the disability Bill should be given priority much as we are aware that there are many other acts that need gazetting because ours is touching on people’s lives and rights.
“We see so many buildings that are being constructed but do not conform to standards” said Chiwaula.
The Bill took almost eight years before being tabled in parliament.
Asked whether the situation on the ground was ready for the implementation of the Bill, Chiwaula said though there is still some work to be done, the enactment of the act is paramount.
Apart from the Bill, he said there is need for Malawi to repeal the Handicapped Person’s Act which Malawi Council for the Handicapped (Macoha) has been operating on since its inception in 1971 but is currently outdated.
Disclosed Chiwaula: “The Act was made at a time when disability was viewed as a charity and not a rights issue. To streamline it to the new law, it needs to be repealed and replaced with a new legislation.”
He also observed that National Policy on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities which came into effect in 2006 needs to be reviewed so that it is in tandem with the new Act.
Efforts to talk to the Malawi Law Commission and Ministry of Disability and the Elderly proved futile on multiple attempt, however, when contacted for an input, Ministry of Justice chief legislative council, Fiona Lakemba asked for a questionnaire to which she did not respond.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.nyasatimes.com/2013/10/02/fedoma-angered-with-malawi-govt-delays-to-gazette-disability-bill/




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Takoradi celebrates International Week of the Deaf

BusinessGhana
News Date: 3rd October 2013

The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan branch of Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) is implementing an economic empowerment programme.

Mr Remy Kayang, Metropolitan Chairman of GNAD made this known at this year's celebration of the International Week of the deaf on the theme: "Bridging the gap between the Deaf and the Hearing through sign language," in Takoradi.

He said the empowerment programme aims at creating sources of livelihood for unemployed members of the association.

He said projects being implemented include welding, spraying, barbering and trading.

Mr Kayang said it is imperative for GNAD to support vocational training and sustainable livelihood projects for the deaf in order to reduce unemployment among them.

He urged financial institutions not to shy away from giving the deaf micro-credit since most of them are in the informal sector.

The association is also implementing family planning projects to educate the deaf on reproductive health, family planning, responsible parenthood and gender-based violence.

Mr Joseph Ewusi-Ntenah, Western Regional President of the GNAD, said it is difficult for the deaf in the country to access healthcare partly due to communication barrier.

He said there are no sign language interpreters in the country's health care system and urged the authorities to train and assign sign language interpreters at regional and district hospitals, the courts, police stations and in the public service.

Mrs Dinah Deborah Kwabie, Metropolitan Director of the Department of Social Welfare, advised the deaf to learn the sign language because they cannot do away with it.

Source: GNA

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.businessghana.com/portal/news/index.php?op=getNews&news_cat_id=&id=191399




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Bong District Assembly reject project that is not disability friendly

Ghana News Agency-
Thursday 3rd October, 2013

Bongo (UE), Oct 3, GNA- Mr Alexis Adugdaa Ayamdor, Bongo District Chief Executive (DCE), has rejected a three-unit classroom block at Nayorigo because the contractor failed to add disability-friendly designs.

Mr Ayamdor pointed out that the Assembly would only accept disability friendly projects, and advised the Bongo-based construction firm Robert Aboor’s Enterprise, to design rambles within the project, to include classrooms, urinals and toilet facilities, to make them accessible to PWDs.

He warned contractors that the Assembly would not accept any project that failed to consider disability friendly designs.

Mr Ayamdor, however, accepted two other projects at separate functions at Gorogo ?Soe, Zorko-Atenseka and Nayorigo all in the District.

They were a 6.3-kilometre spot improvement of the Gorogo?Soe feeder road, executed by Lampoher Engineering Company Limited at the cost of 297,716.13 Ghana Cedis, with funding from the Ghana Social Opportunity Project (GSOP), and the construction of a three-unit class room block with its ancillary facilities at Zorko-Atenseka, with Al-Aras Enterprise, a Bolgatanga based construction firm as the executor of the , 96,902.23 Ghana-Cedi project, with funding from the District Development Facility (DDF)..

Mr Ayamdor warned that the Assembly would not tolerate contractors who executed shoddy works, adding, “Value for money is one of the cardinal principles of this government, and the Assembly will not hesitate to blacklist any contractor whose work does not meet specifications, standards and schedule”

The DCE expressed satisfaction at works executed by the other contractors and commended them for their good work.

He tasked the Works and Physical Department of the Assembly to ensure that the three-unit class room block with its ancillary facilities at Zorko-Atenseka constructed by Al-Aras Enterprise, was adopted as a model and replicated in other communities.

He, therefore, entreated other contractors to visit the site and learn from the contractor.

He impressed upon the Ghana Education Service, (GES) Assembly and Community members, to monitor on-going projects in their communities, and to offer feedback to the Assembly for redress if the need arose.

Mr Ayamdor assured the Works and Physical Department of the Assembly that his administration would give it the needed support to embark on regular monitoring, to ensure that projects were properly executed..

The Chiefs, communities, Assembly members and the GES expressed their appreciation to the leadership of the District Assembly and appealed to the Assembly to furnish the classrooms with furniture.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.ghananewsagency.org/social/bong-district-assembly-reject-project-that-is-not-disability-friendly-65518




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Tanzania: Man Spared Jail Over Rape of Disabled Girl

AllAfrica.com
BY FAUSTINE KAPAMA, 3 OCTOBER 2013

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LEGAL technicalities have spared a resident of Shinyanga Region, Shilinde Bulaya, from spending 30 years behind bars for allegedly raping a five-year-old deaf and dumb girl.

A panel of justices of the Court of Appeal allowed the appeal lodged by Bulaya to challenge both conviction and sentence imposed on him by Meatu District Court on May 25, 2004 and subsequently confirmed by the High Court on March 3, 2010.

"The appeal has merits and is allowed. As such, conviction is quashed and the sentence is set aside. We order his (Bulaya) immediate release from prison unless he is otherwise lawfully held," Justices Mbarouk Mbarouk, William Mandia and Batuel Mmila ruled.

They agreed with the prosecution's position in support of the appeal in question that the testimony of the alleged rape victim, who was deaf and dumb, was received by the trial court without following the procedure as proved for under the law.

According to Section 128 (1) of the Evidence Act, the trial magistrate was required to record whatever transpired when a witness of deaf and dumb testifies and the signs, if any must be made in open court. In the case in hand, the justices noted, such procedure as provided for under the law were not followed.

The justices further noted the evidence produced by the victim's sister, who allegedly witnessed the sexual intercourse between Bulaya and the young girl, was not corroborated by any other evidence and did not prove the penetration, the essential ingredient in rape cases.

They said that even the evidence on PF-3, which was another piece to prove penetration, vanished because the document in question was admitted in evidence contrary to the law, which required the trial court to give an opportunity the accused person elect whether the doctor to be called to testify.

It was alleged that on September 11, 2003, at around 11am, the victim's sister noted her younger sister's disappearance and began looking for her. The search for her took the sister to the home of Bulaya.

On entering the house, she found Bulaya and the young girl lying in bed, both of whom, according to the evidence on record, were naked and were engaging in sexual intercourse. Upon such discovery, the sister raised alarm, which seemed to have riled Bulaya, who allegedly ran away.

At the end of it all, the sister told her brother of what she had seen who then helped to send the young girl to hospital for treatment. The matter reached the police who commenced investigations, leading to the arrest of Bulaya.

In his defence, Bulaya flatly denied involvement and was categorical that he did not rape the young girl as alleged. Charges were preferred against him and upon being satisfied by the prosecution's evidence, the trial court convicted him of the offence and sentence him to 30 years in jail.

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【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/201310031036.html




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Director dismisses misconceptions about deaf persons

Ghana Business News
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Mr James Sambian, Executive Director of the Ghana National Association of the Deaf has dismissed misconceptions people commonly have about deaf persons.

“In fact, we need to remove the misconceptions that deafness is infectious or a curse, such negative feelings about deaf persons only seeks to reinforce their denial from total inclusion in society and alienation from participating fully in social and economic activities.

Mr Sambian, who was speaking to the Ghana News Agency on misconceptions about deaf persons in Ghana on Friday, said deaf people want to be called “Deaf” and not “hearing impaired” or “hard of hearing or hearing challenged.”

He added: “Deaf people are deaf. They are not Deaf and dumb…terms like deaf and dumb or deaf mute is considered offensive by most deaf people.”

He also explained that speech reading or lip reading is a skill that some deaf persons are good at but some also have difficulty mastering it.

“While good speech reading skill can help in communication, only 26 to 30 per cent of speech is visible on the lips, and even the best speech readers can’t speech read everything that is said,” he added.

He said “deafness is not contagious,” but added: “there is a type of deafness that is genetic and that explains why some deaf people have deaf children.”

However, 90 per cent of deaf people were born to hearing parents and most have hearing children, he said.

According to Mr Sambian, approximately 70 recognised sign languages exist in the world; all of them are incredibly distinct.

He said deaf people in Uganda for example drive, adding that some studies had shown that deaf people are actually better drivers than hearing people, due to the fact that Deaf people have enhanced peripheral vision.

“If you stop and think about it, nothing about driving really requires you to be able to hear. After all there is a reason why emergency vehicles have both sirens and lights,” he added.

Mr Sambian called on policy makers and legislators to chart a new policy direction to address challenges deaf persons encounter in education, jobs, healthcare, justice, politics recreation and their daily activities.

Source: GNA

- See more at: http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2013/10/05/director-dismisses-misconceptions-about-deaf-persons/#sthash.mrIXOhum.dpuf

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2013/10/05/director-dismisses-misconceptions-about-deaf-persons/




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S. Sudan’s new labour bill to protect physically disabled: official

Sudan Tribune

October 6, 2013 (JUBA) - The labour bill currently before lawmakers will protect physically disabled persons in South Sudan from work place discrimination, a public service official said.

Hellen Achiro, the undersecretary in the ministry said the transitional constitution of South Sudan prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities.

A section of the labor law, she stressed, provides for equal employment opportunities for all.

“When enacted, the labour bill will facilitate the participation of the disabled in nation building, legislative organs and access to employment opportunities”, Achiro told reporters in Juba on Friday.

South Sudan has ratified the International Labour Organisation’s equal remuneration convention, as well as the discrimination in employment and occupation convention.

However, while the equal remuneration convention guarantees equal pay for equal work, the other prohibits discrimination in employment.

Sebut Khablu Ebibon, who chairs the disabled persons union in the country, cited the private sector as the main discriminator in the country.

He said most private sector job adverts allegedly call for physically fit applicants, making them ineligible.

The physically disabled people, officials say, constitute up to 15% of South Sudan’s population.

(ST)

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District welfare head rapped for not meeting disabled

The Star Online
BY EMBUN MAJID

ALOR SETAR: State executive councillor Datuk Suraya Yaacob has taken Kulim district welfare head Rohana Yusof to task for not receiving a memorandum by a group of disabled persons.

The incident on Sunday took a painful turn when a disabled man, biting the memorandum in his mouth, decided to crawl up a flight of stairs to the welfare office to deliver the note.

Some 50 people from the Persatuan OKU Setia Daerah Kulim, many of them more able-bodied than wheelchair bound Gnana Pragasan, 53, had gathered at the municipal council building at around 1.30pm to meet Rohana.

Rohana had reportedly refused to receive the memorandum and remained at the department’s office on the first floor of the municipal building.

After waiting for about an hour, Gnana took the memorandum and climbed the stairs on his hands and disabled legs, watched by the others.

Suraya, the state Women Deve-lopment, Community Welfare, Agri-culture and Agro-Based and Entre-preneur Development committee chairman, said she regretted the incident and apologised to the group.

“There was a misunderstanding because the officer was ill-advised not to go down to meet the group and accept the memorandum,” Suraya told reporters during a visit to a site of a fire in Pendang, about 20km from here, yesterday.

She added that she and state welfare department director Zulkifli Ramli will meet the group soon.

“The state government has also agreed to re-look into the location of the welfare office, to make it more accessible for the disabled,” she said.

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Nigeria: Gov Peter Obi Failed the Disabled in Anambra

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BY COSMAS OKOLI, 18 OCTOBER 2013

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When Governor Peter Obi reclaimed the mandate given to him by the people of AnambraState, all the good people of the state rejoiced and celebrated. Unfortunately,People's Democratic Party (PDP) controlled state house of assembly contrived an impeachment proceeding to truncate the young administration that had barely settled down to govern the state. Many were amazed at the audacity with which the house was going about its impeachment threat.

Many people and groups criticized the impeachment move but unfortunately none took any concrete step to save Peter Obi's Government except persons with disability. Association for Comprehensive empowerment of Nigerians with disability (ASCEND) rose to the occasion. As the national president of the association, this columnist contacted Mr. Peter Obi and told him the intentions of ASCEND to protest against his impeachment threat, based on the fact that we were convinced that he had not committed any impeachable offence.

On October 31, 2006 this columnist mobilized over 1,500 disabled from Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, Abia and Lagos states, for the peaceful protest against Obi's impeachment threat. And during the match, some of our members crawled, some walked with crutches, while some were hopping under a scorching sun for about a kilometer just to register our displeasure at the planned impeachment of a man we thought we could trust.

I personally funded the peaceful protest. I hired buses and vehicles that conveyed our members from various states and back. At the end of the protest I gave every participant money for any incidental expenses they may have incurred while taking part in the protest. Governor Peter Obi did not contribute a kobo to the cost of the peaceful protest and I did not expect any contribution from him. I did what I did because I wanted to support a man I thought could be trusted.

The interest of our group was to ensure that Governor Peter Obi was not impeached, to enable him serve the people who elected him as their Governor and to send a signal to politicians that persons with disability will no longer sit on the fence and watch the politicians toy with our faith. This message was sent to the politicians,and thus we were happy that we accomplished our mission.

Though Peter Obi was impeached, he eventually reclaimed his mandate through the court and once again, we all rejoiced. Determined to help the governor succeed, I approached Mr. Peter Obi with a proposal to work with his government to develop a model for caring for persons with disability and the aged, which will serve as a model for the entire country. He sounded impressed and interested. I also informed him that we could start with a legislation to protect the rights of persons with disability in the state. He asked me to prepare a draft for him, promising to make it an executive bill as soon as he received a draft. I prepared and submitted a draft bill within two weeks of our conversation. This draft bill never saw the light of the day.

Mean while, I was reliably informed that if I wanted to make any head way with Governor Peter Obi on any project, that I should ensure that it did not involve him spending Government funds. I wondered what the government funds were meant for, if it cannot be invested in a project that can transform about 500,000 persons with disability in the state from unproductivity and dependency to productivity and independence. However, I listened to the advice and designed the partnership in such a way that we would not need any funds from the state but rather rely on funds from sponsors and partners. I promptly communicated this to Governor Peter Obi and he was happy.

In line with my proposed partnership with Mr. Peter Obi's Government, I sourced for sponsorships and made personal contributions to the provision of mobility aids and appliances to persons with disability in the state. On five occasions, my organization, Mobility Aid and Appliances Research and Development Centre (MAARDEC) organized mass distribution of mobility aids and appliances to persons with disability in Anambra state, and Governor Peter Obi attended all the events in the state without contributing a kobo. I was glad that he could find time to attend the events and hoped that he would one day borrow a leaf from the projects. Unfortunately, Governor peter Obi's response to my gestures was ignominious and criminal neglect of persons with disability. He treated disabled persons in Anambra state as if they had committed a serious offence against him.

The last haul that broke the Camel's back was when I personally appealed to Governor Peter Obi at a public function to donate a bus to the disabled in Anambra state, he accepted and publicly announced the donation of a bus to the disabled in Anambra state.Unfortunately, he failed to donate the bus or do anything to address the transportation needs of persons with disability in Anambra state. I have realized that I was dealing with a man who could not be trusted.

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Malawi: 'Light of the World' Demands Rights for the Disabled

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BY AGNES KULEMEKA, 18 OCTOBER 2013

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It has been discovered that people living with disabilities and households with disabled members experience higher rates of deprivations. These include food insecurity, poor housing, lack of access to safe water and inadequate access to healthcare.

According to Lord Joel Joffe, South African and UK former Human Rights lawyer, though such people encounter many problems in their day to day lives, it will soon be history.

"This is why Light for the World has embarked on programmes aimed at demanding dignity and rights for persons living with disabilities In developing countries based on their goal marginalization and discrimination, common practice since time began shall soon be history," said Joffe.

The Human Rights lawyer who is also one of the Ambassadors of the organization also added in press statement that the outstanding work that Light of the World does in a field of desperate need is an inspiration to all who care about justice. The organisation sees itself right in the middle of the joint concert of many international initiatives, all striving towards the same goal 'an inclusive society'.

"Advocating the rights of persons living with disabilities from the micro-level such as in villages is also a job done by the organisation," said Joffe.

The committed and sustainable advocacy and involvement by Light of the world is valued and supported by seven highly regarded members of the international board of ambassadors of the organisation namely Joel Joffe, South African lawyer representing Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia trial in 1963/1964 and Austria former Commissioner of the European Union, Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner.

Others include Haile Gebr Selassie, Ethiopian running legend and multiple Olympic medalist and world champion, Prince Maximilian von and zu Liechtenstein of Liechtenstein Group Foundation, Yetneberch Niguisse , Director of Ethiopian Centre for Disability and Development and Kenyan gold medalist at Paralympics 2000/2004, Henry Wanyoike.

Declaration of support for the international Board of Ambassadors called into life by the European development NGO 'Light for the world' was first signed by Waldner.

The UN convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities came into effect five years ago and has since been ratified by 137 states.

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Gov. Ibrahim Shema abandoned deaf and dumb 1st child from a secret lover ready for DNA test to proof paternity claim

Osun Defender

AMINA

Katsina State Governor Dr. Ibrahim Shema is a professional in politics. A trained lawyer, in the mid-80s he was the Chief Legal Executive of the National Fertilizer Company (NAFCON) and in the line of duty, then a 30 years old young man who was single and exploring, he met a beautiful and promising police woman, Felicia Udeh in Ibadan in one of his official visits (pictured both with Shema holding a microphone and a man looking)

Evidently there was sexual spark between the cop and the young Shema and they struck up a yummy relationship, and had a baby girl in 1987. A bundle of joy to both she was named after Shema’s maternal grandmother, Amina, and when she was 2 years old, her father took her to Mecca for pilgrimage.

FELICIAThe two lovers may have been put asunder by the fact that Felicia who retired from the police as a Deputy Commissioner had had five children in her broken marriage to one Mr. Udeh and is a Christian from Cross Rivers State. She later died on February 17, 2005.

Ibrahim-Shema-Katsina-Stat-Endowed with the fine physical attributes of a Fulani woman, which she inherited from her father’s genes(Shema pictured left), Amina is naturally beautiful. However, her speech and hearing defects have both conspired to hamper her pursuits of happiness and knowledge.

Now 26 years old, Amina who lives with a relation at Ikotun in Alimosho Area of Lagos State has had a baby girl for a man who promised her marriage but later fled when he impregnated her. She was also cheated out of her own share of her deceased’s mother’s estate.

SHEMAIn a chance encounter, Amina who spoke to orijoreporter through an interpreter said she got to know from her mother that her father is the present Katsina Sate Governor before she died, and would not mind to prove it by submitting herself to a DNA Test.

Armed with joint picture of Dr. Ibrahim Shema and her mother in January this year, Amina who is desperate to meet her father went to NTA Abuja believing that her matter would be brought to light and she would get help.

According to her: “I was at NTA Abuja, and they reached my father by phone, telling him they had a deaf and dumb girl in their office, who claimed to be his daughter.

“He sent his Aide-de-camp, Usman Mohammed to NTA to come and identify me and when he came after discussing with the governor on phone he admitted that am his daughter.

“But that was the last I heard.”

LETTER

The ultimate search also took her to Katsina Governor’s Lodge at Asokoro in Abuja where she was turned back by gun wielding police manning the gate. She also wrote a letter (a copy made available to orijoreporter and published below) that was infested with errors and sent it through DHL to Dr. Ibrahim Shema but got no response.

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Sierra Leone News:Stakeholders meet to popularize Disability Act

Awoko

Presidential Lounge at the National Stadium was the venue where multi-stakeholders met to deliberate on issues inherent in the Persons with Disability Act of 2011. They focused particularly on those aspects bordering on the welfare of the visually impaired, handicap, the deaf and dumb and other forms of disabilities in the country.

The one day stakeholders’ dialogue which was organized by the National Commission for Persons with Disability in collaboration with the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, saw the convergence of both local and international NGOs dealing with disability issues. In the final analysis, they were to proffer recommendations on how to solve the many problems of persons with disability.

In her opening remarks, a visually impaired, Madam Emma Parker noted that disability issues have over the years been downplayed by stakeholders. She said that as a result, there have been strong stigmatizations among persons with disability. She observed that the disabled have been deprived of so many facilities available for the abled members of the population, ranging from transportation and access to public buildings.

She pleaded for support to the disabled so as to feel part of the general population and help in the reduction of the rate of stigmatization against them.

Representative of the Mayor of Bo City supported the fact that disables “face serious social marginalization” and that their contributions to nation building have been stifled because of lack of opportunities of easy access in academic institutions and public places. “There are no facilities to aid our access and enhance our movements in those buildings,” the Mayor’s representative stated.

Speaking on behalf of OHCHR, Frenanda B. Guimaraes gave an assurance of the OHCHR’s commitment to move the agenda of persons with disability. She said that Sierra Leone is part of countries that are signatories to many Acts, treaties and conventions on persons with disability. Therefore, she noted, as part of human rights agenda, promoting disability remains on top of their agenda as UN family.

The Chairman of the National Commission for Persons with Disability, Frederick Kamara re-echoed the need for stakeholders to pay more attention to issues relating to disability. He said that over the years, “disability has been treated on a charity model” and that everybody needs to be onboard to adopt the development model by initiating development projects.

He noted that provisions made in the act are very good but if they are not well implemented they will not yield any fruit.

By Poindexter Sama
Monday October 21, 2013

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Namibia: Visually Impaired Demand Dignity and Equal Opportunity

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BY EVELINE DE KLERK, 21 OCTOBER 2013

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Usakos - Close to 150 visually impaired people held a demonstration in Usakos in the Erongo Region during the commemoration of 'White Cane Day' with First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba last week.

The visually impaired travelled from as far as the south of the country for the day's event that took place under the theme "Controlling own life through self-determination and independent living."

They entertained residents with their artistic talents, including poetry recitals, role-playing and singing. Madam Pohamba said the theme is admonishing visually impaired people on the need to control their own destiny and not allowing opportunistic people to use them for their own selfish gain. "The visually impaired should be able to control their lives.

Therefore I would like to urge our fellow Namibians to help people living with disabilities to make their own decisions and shape their destinies. Only then would we be able to significantly contribute to their wellbeing," she explained.

Madam Pohamba went on to say that education and training is one of the many challenges faced by the visually impaired and said more should be done to complement government efforts to assist the visually impaired through continuous life-long learning and skills development.

"We have so many institutions that provide different courses to many Namibians, but 99 percent of these institutions do not have training programmes to accommodate visually impaired people.

I am requesting the Namibian Training Authority to look at this critical matter and put in place some measures to improve the situation," she said. According to the First Lady both the government and the private sector should undertake efforts to employ people living with disabilities.

"The United Nations Convention on the right of persons with disabilities, says that both parties should recognise the right of persons with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others," she said.

The white cane is a symbolic tool that serves as a guide and is used by the visually impaired when moving around. A white cane can sometimes indicate that the user is blind or has poor vision and can be effective when visually impaired people request information in shops, from bus or taxi drivers or even the general public.

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Disabled former rebels vandalise Libyan parliament

The National
October 22, 2013 Updated: October 22, 2013 21:09:00

TRIPOLI // A number of disabled former rebels from the war that toppled Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, broke into the parliament building and vandalised some of it yesterday, a parliamentarian said.

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The incident came on the eve of the second anniversary of the rebels’ declaration of victory over Qaddafi’s forces, three days after he was captured and killed outside his hometown Sirte.

MP Mohammed Al Khalil Al Zarruq said the protesters came from the town of Ajdabiya, a key crossroads between the capital and eastern Libya which was a major battleground in the 2011 war against Qaddafi.

“They got into the Congress chamber and smashed some fittings,” Mr Al Zarruq said.

The MP said the chamber was empty at the time but deplored the “new assault on a state institution”.

This was the latest in a string of security breaches at the General National Congress building and came less than two weeks after the brief abduction of prime minister Ali Zeidan from his Tripoli hotel by disgruntled former rebels.

Diplomats and analysts have voiced mounting concern about the inability of the post-Qaddafi government to assert its writ over large swathes of the country.

Former rebels units, some of them sympathetic to Al Qaeda, have refused to surrender their arms.

Desperate to forge a new army and police force to replace those crushed or discredited by the rebellion, the government has given some of the militia units varying degrees of official recognition, but its control over them is nominal in many cases.

One such unit made a string of arrests in Libya’s second city Benghazi on Monday evening that an army source said lacked legal authority.

The Libya Martyrs’ Brigade rounded up 10 people, three of them from neighbouring Chad, joint security operations room spokesman Colonel Abdullah Al Zaidi said.

Sources close to the brigade said those arrested were accused of involvement in a recent spate of assassinations in Benghazi of security and judicial officials who served under Qaddafi.

But an army source in the eastern city, which was the cradle of the 2011 uprising, cast doubt on the legal basis of the arrests.

“Those seized were just part of the migrant workforce ? the announcement of the arrests is a bid to cover up the real perpetrators of the killings,” the source said.

The three Chadians were paraded on Libya’s privately owned Benghazi-based Al Hurra television yesterday and accused of having fought as mercenaries for Qaddafi during the uprising.

The Qaddafi regime did recruit personnel for its armed forces from abroad, particularly from Sub-Saharan Africa, where Qaddafi built up a network of alliances during his 42-year rule.

But rights groups say many migrant workers unconnected to the old regime suffered abuses in a misplaced vendetta by the victorious rebels that is still continuing.

* Agence France-Presse

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Gambia: Disaster and Living With Disability

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22 OCTOBER 2013

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The Gambia has just joined the rest of the world to commemorate the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction under the theme "Disaster and Living with disability". This year's celebration came at a time when the government of The Gambia has stepped up efforts to this end, with the establishment and enhancement of a National Disaster Council with a view to improve community conditions so as to reduce risk and mitigate the impact of disasters.

As the world takes stock of disaster risk reduction, we hope that such constructive initiatives continue. We also hope that stakeholders would also without delay ensure the implementation of the theme of this year's IDDRR celebration.

The theme is very fundamental as the common catch phrase has it that disability does not mean inability. These wise words are widely accepted and respected across the world; The Gambia is not an exception. The plight of people with disability throughout the globe are to a great extent the same in terms of discrimination at homes, work places and access to other basic social amenities. When conditions of disaster add to this social exclusion, the results are absolute traumatic.

Nothing therefore in this field can be more appropriate than mitigating the impact of disaster for people living with disability.

After all, people with disability are our own brothers and sisters and the need to see them as part and parcel of us cannot be overemphasised, as far as efforts geared towards achieving sustainable economic, human and political developments are concerned.

The disabled could have the same potentials like the abled; after all, we are all the same human beings, sharing that unique bond of humanity.

It is also befitting to once again reiterate our call for a people-centered approach to disaster risk reduction because the principal resources of any community are its inhabitants and local stakeholders, who play an important part in the development processes.

It is certain that disasters, particularly those brought about by nature, are unavoidable. However, this does not mean that humanity cannot do anything about them. Through activities geared toward disaster risk reduction, the serious catastrophe and impediment to national development that would have otherwise been brought about by disasters can be mitigated. Stakeholders in disaster risk reduction should therefore commit themselves more to adopting sound strategies to that end and ensure their implementation without delay.

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Liberia: Senator Wants Support for Visually Impaired

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BY EMMANUEL T. DEGLEH, 23 OCTOBER 2013

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The senior Senator of Margibi County, Clarice Alpha Jah has launched a campaign seeking government's support for visually impaired persons.

She said support of the visually impaired is intended to provide better living conditions for them through better health care, food, and shelter as well as housing facilities.

The Margibi County lawmaker said visually impaired persons are humans like any other person and depriving them of their social and economic needs do not mean well for their wellbeing.

She lamented that Liberia's visually impaired persons are living below the poverty line because family members have abandoned them.

Serving as keynote speaker at the World Sight and Safety Day celebration in Kakata, Margibi County recently, Senator Jah made a passionate call to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and other non-governmental organizations to help people with physical disability.

"This is a shame for us to see blind citizens of this country standing at street corners begging," Senator Jah noted.

She believes that the visually impaired can play a major role in the development process of the nation just as those who can see.

In a special statement stressing the importance of the "white cane", a visually impaired 7th grade student of the Bible Way Mission School, Elijah Menyon said the white cane used by blind people as an instrument to find a pathway is important.

He wants the government to recognize their safety through the passage of the white cane bill.

He reminded government of the significance of the bill because visually impaired persons lack access to many public facilities including government ministries, hospitals and universities.

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Uganda: We Must Maintain Disability Momentum

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Uganda: We Must Maintain Disability Momentum
BY LYNNE FEATHERSTONE, 24 OCTOBER 2013

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It is estimated that more than one billion people in the world live with some kind of disability - that is one in every seven people.

For too long, the world has been guilty of turning a blind eye to the challenges, discrimination and prejudice that people with disabilities can face every day. Too often, they have been left behind when it comes to development.

As a consequence, they are disproportionately some of the poorest and most marginalised people in the world. We simply cannot say we are tackling poverty if we aren't addressing the needs of people with disabilities.

Uganda is at the forefront of the disability movement in Africa and I particularly wanted to come here to get a picture of what works, and what the real challenges and opportunities are for making a difference in people's lives. Over five million people in Uganda have a disability. That's one in every six people. And poverty and disability in Uganda are impossible to disentangle.

According to recent surveys, more than two thirds of people with disabilities in the Northern region of Uganda are living in a state of chronic poverty. Uganda was, of course, one of the first countries to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

It has also been a frontrunner in making some incredibly important commitments to people with disabilities including: putting a reference to the rights of people with disabilities in the Constitution; recognising sign language as an official language; and setting out electoral processes to ensure that people with disabilities are represented from parliamentary to village levels.

Uganda also has a very strong disability movement which is fundamental in driving many of the improvements in respecting the rights of people with disabilities. But there is some way to go in Uganda, as there is in the UK and other countries of the world, before we can say that all people with disabilities can live their lives with equal choices and opportunities and free from discrimination.

You can often trace the challenges people with disabilities face back to school, where many people with disabilities, especially girls and women, simply find there are too many obstacles in their way to completing their studies. Without the necessary skills, they then struggle to get a job that would give them an income.

Throughout their lives, many of them will encounter prejudice, ignorance and hostility, sometimes even from their communities and families. I've seen some brilliant examples here in Uganda of how services can be tailored to fit the particular needs of people with disabilities.

I visited Wera primary school where a local partner of WaterAid Uganda has built a separate latrine for pupils with disabilities. This has made a big difference to pupils including one ten-year-old girl I met who cannot walk by herself and was subject to inconvenience and even bullying when she had to use the general latrine. She is now happier at school and socialising better.

It is small actions like this that can make a real difference to a child staying in school. Of the 57 million children currently out of school in the world today, it's no surprise that over a third have a disability. It's not sufficient just to place these children in a school without considering their specific needs.

That's why last month I announced that the Department for International Development would ensure that all of the school construction we directly support is designed to allow disability access.

We also committed more funding to the Disability Rights Fund - the only grant-making organisation solely and directly to support disabled people's organisations in developing countries.

These are only the first steps and we know we all need to do more. This is a global challenge and it needs a global response to tackle it. Many of you will have heard of the internationally-agreed Millennium Development Goals for tackling global poverty.

The 2015 deadline for the MDGs is now fast-approaching and the international community is starting to shape a post-2015 development framework. This is a once-in-a-generation chance finally to put disability on the agenda and we cannot afford to let it go.

Let's keep the momentum building and keep working to fight discrimination. We all have a role to play - families, communities and leaders - in ensuring that no one is left behind and everyone has a chance to reach their potential.

Lynne Featherstone is the minister responsible for disability in the UK Department for International Development.

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UK minister hails Uganda on disability action

New Vision

Publish Date: Oct 24, 2013

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Lynne Featherstone, the visiting UK minister for disability, has hailed Uganda’s efforts to address challenges of people with disabilities.

In her keynote address at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala, the diplomat said Uganda had played a key role in the promotion of disability rights in the country and Africa.

“Uganda was one of the first countries anywhere to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. You have enshrined the rights of people with disabilities in your constitution, which also recognizes sign language as a national language,” she stated.

She noted that persons with disabilities were well represented right from Parliament to village levels and commended the strong disability movement.

Featherstone, however, said there were challenges in addressing the welfare issues of persons with disabilities as well as discrimination.

“Despite this progress, Uganda still faces a number of challenges when it comes to giving people with disabilities a chance to earn a living and building their own lives,” she said.

She noted that majority of persons with disabilities, especially girls, are faced with unique challenges that hinder their education.

Featherstone is on a three-day visit to see the efforts of Uganda and NGOs in the empowerment of people with disabilities. She is MP for Hornsey and Wood Green. She is also UK's international violence against women champion.

Featherstone noted that disability was a global challenge, including in her own country where disabled persons are discriminated against and lack access to basic services.

She pledged UK’s support for disability programmes in Uganda and said all schools built with her country’s support will be designed to ensure they are accessible to persons with disabilities.

With the end of Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), she rallied Uganda to take part in the post-2015 framework that seeks to include disability as one of the next global targets.

British Paralympic star, Ade Adepitan, who accompanied her for the visit, appealed to Government to promote sports for persons with disabilities.

“Sports helped me to become independent because I did not want to rely on anyone. Sports can break down barriers to success for persons with disabilities,” he said.

The state minister for the elderly and disabled, Sulaiman Madada said Government was committed to improving the welfare of persons with disabilities by enacting disability laws, establishing social grants, political representation and community rehabilitation programmes.

The MP for people with disabilities (central region), Alex Ndeezi urged Government to integrate disability in all government programmes.

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Malawi: Deaf Week Activities Slated for Kasungu

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BY VINCENT KHONJE, 25 OCTOBER 2013

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Kasungu - The Municipality of Kasungu is set for this year's Deaf Week activities from 26th October.

The purpose of the week is to give awareness on the challenges and possibilities that are there in as far as deaf people are concerned.

Unlike in the past years, this year's deaf week activities will be carried out in four days due to financial constraints.

In an interview with the Executive Director of Malawi Network for the Deaf (MANAD), Bryson Chimenya told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that initially they wanted to have activities for the week in September from 22nd to 27th, but due to other drawbacks they decided to shift.

"We will commemorate this year's deaf week in Kasungu in the month of October from the 26th. We have money for the activities to be carried out but the problem is we don't have enough and we still need addition funds,

"We are looking for other sources of the money for the activities," said Chimenya.

The Deaf week which is also commemorated internationally, will be used as awareness tool to let people know the problems, aspirations and possibilities that deaf people have.

"We have many problems that are there, and we need to bring them to the people but at the same time, we also want to show that if given support we can also achieve something," added Chimenya.

During the week some, of the activities lined up will include an open day, sign language training, career talk, sports day, youth focus group discussion and a prayer service.

This is the first time the activities are being done at the Municipality, as all the other activities were held in cities.

Registered in 1996, MANAD has offices in almost all the districts of the country and is in the forefront encouraging the use of sign language.



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Kenya: Disabled Pupils Are Equally Intelligent

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29 OCTOBER 2013

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EDUCATION Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi wants disabled pupils to get an extra two years on top of the mandatory eight years of primary education.

He also said that government should consider giving disabled pupils extra time in exams.

We have to be very careful not to actually discriminate against disabled pupils under the guise of helping them.

Deaf, blind or physically disabled pupils are not stupid. They just have special problems that make school difficult for them.

They do not need extra years at school. What they need are extra facilities to compensate for their disabilities.

Ideally deaf and blind children should go to special schools where they can get the dedicated teaching they need.

Physically disabled children do not need special schools but they may need special facilities at school like ramps and disabled lavatories. They may also need financial subsidies to get to school if they cannot walk there.

So let us not patronise disabled pupils by giving them extra time while denying them the special facilities that they genuinely need.

Government needs to find the resources to make Kenyan schools friendly to disabled pupils who will then show us that they are just as intelligent as any other Kenyan.

Quote of the day: "Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play." - Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels was born on October 29, 1897

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South Africa: Government Observes Disability Month

1 NOVEMBER 2013, allAfrica

Government encourages all citizens to observe disability month from 03 November - 03 December 2013 under the United Nations theme "Break Barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all".

Following South Africa's attainment of democracy, Government realised the disparities faced by people with disabilities and has since advanced the equalisation of opportunities. The Constitution ensures that every South African with a disability has the right to life without discrimination and be treated as an equal citizen.

Acting GCIS CEO, Phumla Williams said, "Over the past 19 years, representation of people with disabilities has increased in various decision-making bodies such as Parliament, government, the judiciary, and the boards of different institutions and councils. As South Africa gears towards the celebration of 20 Years of Freedom, Government calls on all sectors of society to play a meaningful role in supporting the equalization of opportunities and break physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers that people with disabilities face."

Government has made great strides in providing services to people with disabilities, which include, amongst others, a disability grant for adults and grant to assist families who have children with special needs. This year alone, 1.1 million people in South Africa accessed disability grants, which constitute the third largest group of social grant beneficiaries.

In addition to government services, selected textbooks and the government newspaper, Vuk'uzenzele, which keeps the public abreast of government programmes and projects, are produced in braille.

"The observance of this month provides an opportunity to further raise awareness of disability and to realize the equal participation of persons with disabilities in society. Let's celebrate the lives of people with disabilities and the contributions that they have made to the country. " said Williams.

Activities of Disability Month can be accessed on www.gov.za

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Eritrea: Workshop Aimed At Reinforcing Activities of Eritrean War-Disabled Women Conducted

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2 NOVEMBER 2013
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Asmara - A workshop aimed at reinforcing activities of Eritrean war- disabled women has been conducted from 31 October to 1 November at the Hall of National Confederation of Workers (ENCW).

At the opening ceremony in which war-disabled women representatives from all regions took part, Mr. Gebrebrhan Eyasu, Chairman of the Eritrean National war-disabled Association, said that the workshop was sponsored by the National Union of Eritrean Women's branch office in Germany, and that the objective was to assess the living condition of Eritrean war disabled women and discuss what measures should be taken to improve their livelihood.

He further indicated that the negative perception of the society as regards disabled citizens has faded away, and that the disabled citizens are engaged in different economic activities through the assistance they receive from the Government and the people.

Ms. Abeba Tiku'e, Coordinator of women's affairs at the Eritrean War- disabled Veterans Association, explained that from 32 sub-branches and 77 groups 670 disabled women have received assistance with bakery, mill, cereal, livestock, water pump and shop as well as other facilities, and that their livelihood is improving.

Representatives of the workshop presented reports regarding the assistance they receive from the Association, the activities they have been conducting,challenges encountered and the efforts they made to tackle them, and that constructive ideas were raised that could help future activities.

They also called on sustainability of the workshop so that other disabled women citizens could become beneficiaries.



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Danaa excellence awards for the disabled on dec. 8

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Emperor Gaza International Foundation (EGIF), in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), will be hosting the maiden Danaah Excellence Awards to acknowledge the efforts of persons who have worked for the betterment of the lives of Persons with Disability (PWD).

Named after Dr. Henry Seidu Danaa, Ghana’s Minister for Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, who is the first visually impaired to be called to the Bar in Ghana, the annual awards would take place this year on December 8 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Accra with Dr. Danaa as Special Guest.

The ceremony, which was recently launched in Accra, would gather dignitaries, PWDs and other stakeholders who have excelled in their various fields of endeavor to celebrate excellence and encourage others to give off their best to unfortunate ones.

EGIF has contributed significantly to the disability sector, sponsoring some activities of the Ghana National Team, the Black Challenge, and recently organized the Fusion Games, a game that seeks to bring together able-bodied and PWDs together to compete on the same platform in sporting activities as a means of integrating PWDs into mainstream society.

According to Mr. Prince Charles Sackeyfio, President of EGIF, the awards seek among others to encourage society to appreciate the challenges PWDs face in their daily lives, in order to lend their hand of support to them.

Referring to the story of Dr. Danaa who made it to the top in spite of his disability, he is of the view that, when PWDs are given the right training and support, the incidence of begging on our streets would reduce drastically and PWDs would also contribute their quota to national development.

He regrets the devotion of few resources to activities of the disability fraternity, questioning the rationale behind giving more to the privileged when the under-privileged need more to break even in an unfair world.

The Foundation is seeking collaboration with the corporate world to implement projects and programmes that would transform PWDs and erase the wrong impression that the disabled are parasites on the rest of society. Mr. Sackeyfio is calling for support to institutionalize the awards to serve as an encouragement to those already working for the disabled and change attitude towards PWDs.

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アマゾンを利用してAJFに寄付をお願いします

生存学創成拠点が、アマゾン・アフィリエイトを利用してAJFに寄付する仕組みを作ってくれています。
http://www.arsvi.com/b/a.htm

今年3月〜10月の報告です。

2011年は34万円超、2012年は25万円ほどの寄付につながりました。
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。

2013年
 3月 216点 382,488円 紹介料15,374円
 4月 255点 462,335円 紹介料20,358円
 5月 276点 475,435円 紹介料20,907円
 6月 267点 413,459円 紹介料14,047円
 7月 245点 411,162円 紹介料12,803円
 8月 230点 298,418円 紹介料9,890円
 9月 234点 337,578円 紹介料10,234円
 10月 189点 342,159円 紹介料11,415円
  * 6月から書籍紹介料が一律3.0%になりました
2013年累計  158,995円
* 上記から、振り込みの都度300円の手数料が差し引かれます。

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。

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、Facebookなど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




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Ekiti completes school complex for the deaf at Ikoro

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Ekiti State government has completed construction works at the School for the Deaf, Ikoro Ekiti and commenced arrangement to relocate the 160 deaf students currently at the Special School for the Blind in Ikere-Ekiti to the newly completed school.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Kehinde Ojo, who made this known during a media chat in Ado-Ekiti, said the students would be relocated immediately the perimeter fencing of the new complex was completed.

Mr Ojo explained that with the proposed relocation of the students, the Government Special School at Ikere which had hosted both blind and deaf students since its establishment in 1998 would now become an exclusively Special School for the Blind.

He disclosed that the state government has expended over N30 million on maintenance of facilities and feeding of students at the Government Special School for the Blind and Deaf at Ikere Ekiti this year.

Noting that Ekiti was the only state in the federation that offered free accommodation, feeding and clothing for physically challenged students, the commissioner expressed pleasure that several alumni of the school had secured admission to higher institutions.

He assured that government had resolved the minor miss-understanding that recently occurred between the blind and deaf students of the school, emphasising the commitment of the state government to the welfare of the physically-challenged.

The Special School for the Blind, Ikere-Ekiti, as at present has 160 deaf students and 60 blind students.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
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Egypt: Archbishop of York Visits Egypt

AllAfrica.com
8 NOVEMBER 2013

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu completed a 5 day visit to the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa this week.

The Archbishop of York was invited by Bishop Mouneer Anis to preach at the services for the 75th Anniversary of All Saints Cathedral, Cairo during the weekend of the 1st to 3rd November 2013. All Saints Cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese and is located at the centre of a city of 26 million people, in Zamalek.

Speaking about his visit the Archbishop said: "All Saints Cathedral is an amazing place, and the prayers for the 75th anniversary celebrations gave such a great sense of the Holy Spirit moving in the Diocese. I am continuing to pray for the people of Egypt. Please help them to build a bigger and better school for the deaf community in Cairo."

In 2011 the Archbishop of York launched an Advent appeal, on behalf of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, to support a community centre for the deaf children and to raise funds for a Deaf School. This followed a joint visit made by Bishop Mouneer Anis and Archbishop to the deaf community in 2010. A Lent Appeal followed in 2013.

The Archbishop of York said: "Thank you to everyone who generously gave: £12,333 was raised. But £68,000 is still needed to start and then complete the community centre. Any donations will be gratefully received."

Cheques to be made payable to EDA - Charity No 209145 and sent to Bishopthorpe Palace, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23 2GE or paid directly to EDA (and marked 'Deaf Unit') at Acc. No. 00018311, CAF Bank Ltd., Sort Code 40-52-40. Donations are especially helpful if they are made within the Gift Aid scheme as EDA is a registered charity.

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Ghana Federation of the Disabled to hit the streets if…

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The Ghana Federation of the Disabled is threatening to hit the streets if government does not reconstitute the governing boards of the National Council of Persons with Disability and the Mental Health Authority.

According to the Federation, since the mandate of the boards expired in April last year, government has ignored their problems.

President of the Federation, Yaw Ofori Debrah, told Joy News they are giving government two weeks to reconstitute the boards or face series of demonstrations.

He bemoaned the delay on the part of government to reconstitute the board after names have already been proposed.

“The boards are in charge of formulating policies, programmes of the institutions and also serve as a link between persons with disability and government so if they are not there, it means all these functions cannot be undertaken,” he noted.

Yaw Ofori Debrah called on government to, as a matter of urgency, heed their call or face their wrath.

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I stand by my promise to help the disabled - Borngreat

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The ‘lady with the holy swags’, Herty Borngreat, has restated her promise to help students of the Akropong School for the Blind.

Herty prior to her ‘Be My Guest’ music concert in September stated that part of the proceeds from the event would be used by her foundation to support the school.

She explained that her management, Borngreat Music Productions, had already ordered a set of musical instruments from Germany for the Akropong School for the Blind and that the presentation would be made when they arrive.

“This was a public promise I made as a Christian so I cannot run away from it.

I love music. I love the way the students there love music, and I would certainly do this to support them.

I don’t like talking about my charity projects.

It is not my style but you seem to be holding me to task, and that is why I am telling you.

Else I would have just kept silent until the goods arrive,” Herty explained.

Herty, however, refused to give details of several other charitable donations her foundation had made and explained that the best way to do charity was to do it in private.

The ‘Be My Guest’ concert was the first of its kind and organisers said it would become an annual event.

It came off at the Alisa Hotel and saw performances from veteran gospel musicians Mary Ghansah, Nobel Nketia and Tagoe Sisters.

Herty herself said she was utterly shocked at the massive attendance and the presence some of the country’s best gospel musicians.

In an interview with NEWS-ONE, the gospel artiste said she was mostly grateful to the veteran gospel musicians, Mary Ghansah, Nobel Nketia and Tagoe Sisters- and all her fans who contributed in making the day successful.

“I’m grateful to God almighty, my big brothers and sisters in this ministry and also to my fans for coming to the show.

I did not anticipate so much love and support. Thank you all,” Herty stated.

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National Disability Excellence Awards Launched In Accra

Ghana
13 NOV 2013

Dr Henry Seidu Daanaa, Minister for Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs

The National Disability Excellence Awards was, yesterday, launched in Accra with a pledge to begin to right the historical wrongs of misperception about disability, create a new sense of possibility and expectation, and establish role models and ambassadors of disabled persons.

Dubbed the Daanaa Excellence Awards, the Awards is branded in honour of Dr Henry Seidu Daanaa, Minister for Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs and the first visually-impaired person in Ghana to become a lawyer, and also the first visually-impaired person to hold the position of Minister of state.

The maiden edition of the Awards ceremony, scheduled for December 8, 2013 at Holiday Inn in Accra, is expected to bring together the creme de la creme in the disability sphere and to celebrate excellence and great achievements. In other words, the Awards will celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and contributions of persons with disability as well as recognise people who demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and commitment to improving opportunities for persons with disability.

The Awards are in two categories, namely category A for PWD Achievers in sports, music, politics, the Academia and Entrepreneurship while category B Awards will be given to stakeholders such as individuals and organisations that advanced the rights of persons with disability; Disability Advocacy Challenge Awards for journalists/media institutions that have encouraged discussions on disability issues; and Business Awards for large and Small businesses which have improved opportunities for people with disability, such as greater inclusion, participation and employment.

Other Awards in the category B are Accessible Housing Award for property developers, builders and others in the building sector that have developed innovative and accessible private dwellings for people with disability; and Government and Local Government Award for councils which have implemented substantial changes to improve physical, social and economic and cultural access and inclusion for people with disability and their families.

To make nominations for the Awards, the general public may text their nominee to the text code 1953 on all communication networks, indicating the appropriate categories of entry. The code will enable Ghanaians to take active part in selecting persons worthy of recognition for their contribution to disability affairs.

It is being organised by Emperor Gaza International Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) with the technical support of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC-Accra), National Council on Persons with Disability (NCPD), Ghana Federation of the Disabled and the Ghana Association of Sports for the Disabled (ASFORD).

In an address to launch the Awards in Accra, yesterday, Mr Max Vardon, Executive Secretary of the NCPD, noted that the history of disability in Ghana had been characterised by neglect and hostility.

Mr Vardon said in spite of the promulgation of a National Disability Act, and the ratification in 2012 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, the situation still persisted, causing untold hardship to many of the 5 million Ghanaian citizens with disability and their families.

“Fifty-six years after independence, our brothers and sisters with disability are not free, remaining fettered by the manacles of societal indifference and disdain, nor are they in receipt of the social justice and equity to which we are all entitled, and which many of us take for granted,” Mr Vardon lamented.

He said over the years many of Heroes of the disability experience in Ghana had remained unsung and uncelebrated, thereby helping to perpetuate, the myth that disability equated to inability, adding that through the initiative, the darkness of the myth will be ended and replaced with the dawn of a greater reality .

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.ghana.gov.gh/index.php/2012-02-08-08-32-47/general-news/3751-national-disability-excellence-awards-launched-in-accra




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Africa: Focus On Disability - Problems With Donated Technology

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BY SUE COE, 14 NOVEMBER 2013

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A wheelchair suitable for rough terrain that can be locally repaired was among 23 low-tech innovations recently shortlisted for an award organised by a charitable arm of technology firm Siemens.

Publicity for low-tech solutions such as the shortlisted wheelchair is excellent news for disabled people. But while this particular assistive device has been designed with the end users in mind, many others are not and so fail to deliver on their potential usefulness and longevity in low-income countries.

Wheelchairs are a politically charged subject in disability circles. This often surprises non-disabled people.

Many believe that, when it comes to wheelchair provision, something is better than nothing; that exporting used wheelchairs or sending wheelchairs using design that wouldn't be approved in the West to developing countries will wholly transform physically impaired people's lives.

But some specialist organisations, including NGOs Motivation and Whirlwind Wheelchair, have long campaigned that the 'something-is-better-than-nothing' attitude can harm physically impaired people.

An ill-fitting wheelchair can cause serious and potentially fatal health problems such as pressure sores, spinal curvature and spinal contractures. [1] When I highlight the fact that wheelchair donations made with good intentions can unintentionally cause harm, people tend to be shocked.

Wheelchairs are like shoes: they should fit the user well. This means that local fitting services are important.

Good practice examples of such services are the Association for People with Disability (APD) in India, and Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation (CCBRT) in Tanzania, which both offer a range of support services to their local populations. [2, 3] But many wheelchair donation programmes do not ensure local fitting services are part of the provision package.

Donated wheelchairs designed for Western hospitals or evenly-surfaced roads are rarely robust enough for the rough terrain found in most low-income countries. The Leveraged Freedom Wheelchair from the shortlist is adapted for these conditions - a good design feature.

Wheelchairs should be maintained - and ideally produced - locally to avoid them quickly becoming redundant. The article on the awards shortlist reports that standard wheelchairs last six months on average.

The shortlisted wheelchair uses commonly available bicycle parts so local bike shops can repair it - another great feature that means the chairs should typically last five years or more, according to the news.

By making the wheelchair locally repairable the designers have sought to put its end users at the heart of its design. This practice is similar to the Appropriate Technology concept that organisations such as the NGO Practical Action (formerly ITDG) have promoted for decades.

All wheelchairs should be designed according to these principles; that technological choice and application should be decentralised, people-centred and locally maintained and controlled.

The WHO has produced excellent guidelines on good practice in wheelchair provision, consistent with Appropriate Technology approaches.

The guidelines were the result of extensive consultations with wheelchair providers and users globally. [4] The WHO is rolling out a global training programme based on these that is designed to promote good wheelchair provision throughout the developing world.

This award has offered an opportunity to confirm that assistive technologies including wheelchairs need to be low-tech and maintained locally to be of significant use to disabled people in developing countries. I urge all those involved in technology provision in and to the global South to adopt these principles.

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

References

[1] Motivation Fact Sheet 3: Can I donate a used wheelchair to Motivation? (www.harris.gb.net, accessed 12 November 2013)

[2] Association for People with Disability Health, Therapy and Assistive Devices (APD, accessed 12 November 2013)

[3] Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania Rehabilitation department (CCBRT, accessed 12 November 2013)

[4] WHO Guidelines on the provision of manual wheelchairs in less resourced settings (WHO, 2008)

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Ghana Federation of the Disabled Stakeholders Meeting

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BY JOSEPHINE ACHIAA BIO, 15 NOVEMBER 2013

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A stakeholders meeting to build strategic partnership and collaboration with political parties in the country to support persons with disabilities to participate in local governance took place yesterday, in Accra.

The meeting, organised by the Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD), also aimed to share information on the status of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in local governance and seek support for the adoption of quota representation of PWDs in MMDAs in Ghana.

In a presentation, the Acting Executive Director of the GFD, Mr Fredrick Ofosu, said Article 1 of the first chapter of the Constitution of Ghana gave citizens the right to express themselves and participate in the decision-making process of the nation both at the national and local level without restrictions.

Mr Ofosu said since the inception of the district assembly concept in 1989, efforts had been made by some PWDs to participate either through the open election system or lobbied for appointment in their respective assemblies.

According to him, the disability movement in Ghana successfully lobbied for the appointment of persons with disability in all Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

He noted that 15% of every population had one form of disability or another as shown by the World Health Organisation (WHO) while 3% of Ghana's population had severe disabilities, according to the 2010 population and housing census.

He said PWDs were faced with many other challenges such as illiteracy, negative socio-cultural perception and attitude, increased discrimination, as well as challenges in accessing information, unemployment and poverty.

He, therefore, called on MMDAs to include more PWDs in their 30% government appointees.

Source: ISD (Josephine Achiaa Bio)

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Philippines: Senior citizens start disabled fund

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PHILIPPINES, TACLOBAN : A typhoon victim (L) walks past land ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on November 13, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines. Five days after Haiyan ripped apart entire coastal communities, the situation in Leyte's provincial capital Tacloban was becoming ever more dire with essential supplies low and increasingly desperate survivors clamouring to leave. AFP PHOTO/Philippe Lopez

A group of senior citizens in the nation’s capital have started a fund for disabled elderly people affected by the disaster. Picture: Philippe Lopez/AFP

Govan Whittles | about 9 hours ago

MANILA/PHILIPPINES - As relief organisations worldwide raise money to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, a group of senior citizens in the nation’s capital have started a fund for disabled elderly people affected by the disaster. An estimated 4,000 people were killed when the super typhoon lashed the country and moved from the eastern region near Tacloban to the western town of Palompon.

South African relief group Gift of the Givers is already in that country and will be sending search and rescue teams to some of the most remote areas where aid has not yet arrived.

The senior citizens also hope to send essential equipment needed by the elderly with the military.

The senior citizens movement is based in Manila and has been collecting donations to send relief to elderly people affected by natural disasters for the past two years.

One of its coordinators is 70-year-old Nina Gonzalez who says they try to help all of the elderly but focus on certain people.

“Our priority project is for the disabled.”

Gonzalez says the money is just enough to buy essential equipment.

“We buy wheelchairs, eye glasses, so we can celebrate Christmas. We could help but what we’re getting here is not even enough.”

The movement is just one of many groups of people in Manila that have responded to Typhoon Haiyan by starting a donations fund and says it hopes to reach out to people in the country’s villages soon.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://ewn.co.za/2013/11/17/Philippines-Senior-citizens-start-disabled-fund




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Nigeria: Children Parliamentarian Leads Al-Makura to Dine With Lepers At 61

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BY HIR JOSEPH, 17 NOVEMBER 2013

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Lafia - Leader of the Nasarawa State Children Parliament, Master Richard Agah, weekend, led Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura to Angwan Jaba area of Lafia where they dined with lepers, the blind, deaf, crippled and other disabled to mark the governor's 61st birthday.

In 2011, he taught Government Science Secondary School (GSSC) in Lafia, Social Studies to students of Junior Secondary School III, to mark his birthday that year. He repeated the visit to the school in 2012, during which he ate with students at the dining hall of the school, just as he proceeded to Maimuna Katai Orphanage Home where he dined with orphans and other less privileged children.

Last weekend, he invited the leader of the Children Parliament to lead him to dozens of disabled who had already assembled at the home of one of their leaders in Angwan Jaba, an underdeveloped area of Lafia, where he celebrated his 61st birthday in the midst of the lepers, blind, deaf and other disabled.

Master Agah, the child parliamentarian walked the governor into the warm embrace of disabled at about 6pm of Friday, and announced to them "it is the governor's birthday today; I have led him here so that he can celebrate with you all."

Master Agah, who has criticised all forms of societal ills including the communal conflicts in the state in the last two years, admonished the people of the state to embrace the disabled among them, taking example from the humility of Governor Al-Makura.

Al-Makura, who shared refreshments himself, and sat on the floor with his hosts, said he chose to celebrate in such a manner because he was out to pass a message to privileged persons of the society that flamboyant celebrations of birthdays at a time when many Nigerians and their children go to bed with empty stomachs, can be reversed.

He also spoke against the treatment of disabled persons in a manner that demeans them. "I want people of this state to understand that those without physical challenges should not make mockery of those in physically challenged conditions as only God in his infinite wisdom apportions such physical status on individuals."

The governor donated the sum of N2 million to the various associations of the physically challenged in the state, to add to the various packages earlier instituted by his administration to uplift disabled.

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Kenya: Disability Fund Held in Bank

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BY JANE MUGAMBI, 19 NOVEMBER 2013

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More than Sh1 billion set aside by the government to benefit persons with disabilities is lying idle in the bank due to lack of board of trustees to manage it, acting council director James Ndwiga has said. He said the absence of trustees for the last one year has brought operations to a standstill.

Ndigwa said Sh770 million has been set aside to cater for persons with severe disabilities. He said 27,200 households which live with children or adults with severe disabilities will receive a stipend of Sh 2,000 per month to cater for the people who cannot take care of themselves.

Ndwiga however said he has been assured by the Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi that the Board of Trustees will soon be put in place to enable the beneficiaries gain from the huge sum of money currently lying underutilized.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony for four deaf and blind students at the Kerugoya School for the Deaf in Kirinyaga County, Ndwiga said the money will be equitably distributed in all 47 Counties.

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Angola: Lwini Foundation Offers Prosthesis for Handicapped in Huambo

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19 NOVEMBER 2013

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Fifty disabled in the central Huambo province received Monday functional prosthesis, offered by Lwini Foundation, with a view to facilitating their mobility.

Speaking to the press at the end of donation ceremony, the Foundation's executive director, Alfredo Ferreira, said that the province continues to be strategic with regard to support for disabled person.

He assured that the Lwini Foundation, within its capabilities, will continue to provide support for the disabled in particular and in general, the orthopaedic centre facing some difficulties to assist patients with dignity.

The vice governor of Huambo for technical and infrastructure services, Kalunga Francisco Zage Quissanga, who praised the initiative reaffirmed the existing partnership between the local authorities and Lwini Foundation.

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Protesters in Cairo demand employment rights for the disabled

Ahram Online
The protesters say their constitutional rights have been neglected
Ahram Online, Wednesday 20 Nov 2013

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Sit-in staged by Egyptians with physical disabilities in 2011 (Photo:Mai Shaheen)

Disabled persons group stage sit-in by Egyptian Cabinet headquarters

Dozens of people with physical disabilities held a protest on Wednesday in front of the National Council for Disabled People in Cairo's Sray El-Quba to demand greater access to jobs.

According to Egypt's constitution ? currently being amended ? at least 5 percent of all public sector workforces must be disabled people.

According to Al-Ahram's Arabic website, protesters vowed to continue demonstrating until their demands are met. The demands include the sacking of the state-run council's members.

People with physical disabilities make up around 12 million of Egypt's 80 million-plus population, according to rights organisations.

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Malawi gov’t gazettes Disability Act, Minister sends warning shot

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By Maurice Nkawihe, Nyasa Times November 20, 2013

Government has finally gazetted the Disability Act, making it enforceable, Minister of Persons with Disabilities and Elderly Affairs, Rachel Kachaje confirmed.

There has been outcry by Federation for Disability Organization in Malawi (Fedoma) on government's failure to gazette the Act approved by parliament in May last year.

In an interview with Nyasa Times, Kachaje said the Act was gazetted last month, putting to end concerns raised by Fedoma and its members. "The Clerk of Parliament told me during the just recent meeting of Parliament that now the Act has been gazetted, making it enforceable," Kachaje said.

The minister has since warned to prosecute those violating rights of disabled people since the Act is now operational.
Kachaje said: "Now the Act is a recognizable law, we will not let perpetrators and those violating rights of disabled walk scort-free. Now we are mandated prosecute anybody who breaks the law including institution who are defying universal construction standards when constructing their building to accommodate the disabled".

Fedoma has been complaining that observes the delay to gazette the Act, which tantamount to continued victimization of people with disabilities.

The Act took almost eight years before being tabled in Parliament last year.

Meanwhile, Fedoma has asked for repeal of the Handicapped Person’s Act which Malawi Council for the Handicapped (Macoha) has been operating on since its inception in 1971 but is currently outdated.

“The Act was made at a time when disability was viewed as a charity and not a rights issue. To streamline it to the new law, it needs to be repealed and replaced with a new legislation,” explained Fedoma Executive Director, Mussa Chiwaula.

Chiwaula observed that National Policy on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities which came into effect in 2006 needs to be reviewed so that it is in tandem with the new Act.

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Rights groups warn of loopholes in article for rights of the disabled

Daily News Egypt
Basil El-Dabh / November 20, 2013 / 0 Comments / 195 Views

Joint statement criticises draft article in the constitution for not completely protecting the rights of disabled citizens

Fifty-one civil society organisations, associations, and public figures objected to the text in a draft article of the constitution that deals with the rights of disabled citizens, proposed by the 50-member assembly tasked with amending the 2012 constitution.

The draft article states, “The state is committed to ensuring the health, economic, social, cultural, recreational, and athletic rights of people with disabilities and dwarfism and their equal educational integration with other citizens while providing them with job opportunities. [The state] is also committed to creating public utilities and an environment in accordance with ratified international conventions, and guarantees their political rights in accordance with the law.”

The joint statement from the signatories, which include associations that help the disabled, provided three criticisms of the draft amendment. Firstly, the group pointed out that the article only ensured integration with other citizens when dealing with education, which threatened to deny “the rest of the rights enshrined in the constitution” to those with disabilities.

The statement said the potential constitution article came short on ensuring that the Egyptian government adhere to the appropriate international conventions, pointing out that the article’s text only said that such conventions would be followed when it came to “creating public utilities and an environment” for the disabled, which they said would “expose the rest of the principles and rights set forth in the agreements to marginalisation and implicit or total lack of recognition.”

The article, said the group, also only discussed the principle of equality, “ignoring the principles of justice and equal opportunity, which is a continuation of the disappointing scenario of marginalisation and discrimination.”

In September the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), one of the signatories to Tuesday’s press release, criticised the draft amended constitution after it was released by the 10-member legal experts committee, saying it failed to preserve disability rights.

EIPR criticised the draft of being “negative and discriminatory” towards disabled citizens and warned that its articles fueled discrimination.

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South Africa: Overcoming Disability in the Workplace

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BY SAMONA MURUGAN, 21 NOVEMBER 2013

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After surviving a car accident which left him with a broken vertebrae column Maniki Bambalala picked up the pieces and went back to work.

Fourteen years later Bambalala, has defied his disability to continue working as a Supply Chain Management (SCM) clerk at Government Communication and Information System (GCIS).

Bambalala's fortunes changed when he lost all mobility in his arms and legs in a car accident in 1999. Employed at GCIS at the time, he recalls saying goodbye to colleagues the day before, not realising his life was about to undergo a drastic change. He was told that he would never be able to walk or use his hands again.

"For me the hardest thing was accepting my situation, and being reliant on others, because I was so used to fending for myself."

A caring employer After the accident, the GCIS purchased two customised wheelchairs for him, one for home and the other for office use, and provided transport to transfer Bambalala to and from work daily.

As part of the department's Reasonable Accommodation Plan, under the Human Resources Directorate (HRD), Bambalala's sister, Caroline Phahlane, was also hired as a caregiver. She assists with his travel, work duties, meals, bathroom breaks and ensures that he is taken care of at all times.

He, together with other employees with disabilities at GCIS, undergo weekly sessions with an in-house physiotherapist. Through extensive physiotherapy, Bambalala now uses his right arm, with the help of a hand splint to type. This enables him to steer his wheelchair and carry out his work duties. "I had to change my way of life completely from the way I exercised my muscles to what I ate. I have to maintain a strict diet as I cannot gain too much weight or I would not be able to support myself or sit upright," he says.

Previously getting a taxi to work would take almost two hours, as drivers would pass him by simply because it would take too much time for him to get into the taxi. Bambalala now receives a travel allowance from GCIS which he uses for fuel to get to and from work every day.

Going to the bathroom at work or even going to buy groceries at a shopping centre was and still remains a mission, because people use the parking and toilet facilities that are meant for people with disabilities and not for them.

"People think that they can use the disabled parking bays or the disability bathroom because they won't be long, but in reality they do not understand the severe implications of their actions. One might find oneself in upsets just waiting to use the toilet, it is not a nice feeling as a man," he says.

Maniki is grateful to his department for the assistance throughout the years, and often wonders how other people with disabilities who are unemployed manage.

According to HRD Director at GCIS, Mavis Tshokolo, the department has customised its disability assistance programme to meet the needs of its various employees. The Directorate, along with the physiotherapist, also hold regular sessions with the various managers who oversee employees with disabilities to discuss further challenges and improvements facing the employee and their respective team.

Bambalala recently also received a new customised workspace desk. This new desk allows him to perform his duties with optimal ease. "The normal desks used to hurt and bruise my knees as I could not fit under my table, now I am able to do my work without discomfort."

A day in Bambala's life

Bambalala's day begins at 4am and ends at 12am each day. "Everything I do takes much longer than the average abled bodied person, from getting ready in the morning to getting to work on time."

His day is filled with ensuring that he gets to work on time, compiling his duties at work, getting home, being a father to his four children, and also making time to study towards Psychology and Counselling through the University of South Africa. What prompted him to further his studies was a realisation that his disability could limit his career growth.

"Working in SCM, I could never progress to a management level, as things like carrying out physical stock takes are part of the job description, which I cannot do." Bambalala says he feels that this affects many people with disabilities across the Public Sector. "Yes, government has a mandate to ensure that at least 2% of people with disabilities are employed, but at what level?" asks Bambalala rhetorically.

He soon realised that he would have to use what he could, like his mind and his voice, to pursue psychology and counselling in the future. Going to the libraries to conduct research and study was a mission. But GCIS once again stepped in to assist and purchased a laptop for him to ease his studies.

Hope for a better tomorrow

Despite his endless challenges, his endearing smile and light heartedness have brought on a new outlook on life. "You cannot change what you don't accept or acknowledge," says Bambalala.

Staying positive and making the best of every day has kept him sane, but he says the worst part of being disabled is not the disability itself, as he has learnt to cope with that, but the attitude of others. "Society has not learnt how to treat people like me and we are sometimes treated as if we are invisible."

When using an elevator, people tend to rush and close the doors quickly when they see him approaching, and he is often told to let the 'normal' people use the elevator first as they are in a hurry. "This makes me question, am I not a normal human being too," asks Bambalala.

People's attitudes and the way they treat and behave towards people with disabilities is the biggest disability of all, says Bambalala. "We as public servants need to lead the way and show South Africans how to be compassionate and understanding, without taking pity and dehumanising someone with a disability."

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Gambia: Health and Nutrition Gambia to Embark On Nationwide Meningitis Campaign

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BY YAYA BAJO, 22 NOVEMBER 2013

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in collaboration with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative (GAVI) and the Meningitis Vaccine Project will commence a nationwide meningitis campaign from November 28th to December 4th, 2013. The exercise will target people between the age brackets of 1-29 which is about 1.2 million people, constituting 68 percent of the population. According to Mr. Modou Njie, Director Health Promotion and Education Directorate at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, meningitis is a deadly disease that has been responsible for the catastrophic loss of many lives around the globe. "It is transmitted from an infected person through secretions from throat or nose during a close contact - sneezing, coughing, and kissing to a healthy person.

Its symptoms, among other things, include headache, stiff neck, immediate high fever, vomiting etc. Meningitis is caused by a germ and not caused by evil spirits or witchcraft. Meningitis is a contagious disease that can kill if not treated immediately and can make one deaf, dumb, blind, or affects an individual's mental health after recovery".

Children are mostly affected. The new vaccine - MenAfriVac - that will be used for the campaign is a new vaccine that has been tested in The Gambia, Mali, Senegal and some parts of Asia, health officials affirmed.

Modou Njie further highlighted that children less than one year and seriously sick persons will not be vaccinated during the campaign. He informed that this year's campaign will not take the form of house-to-house, but instead the vaccine will be administered by trained health workers at the vaccination sites. He further explained that the vaccine will be administered in various places like mosques, churches, markets, schools, cross-border /check points, car parks, village centers amongst other places.

Commenting on the new vaccine, the Health Promotion and Education Director explained that MenAfrivac has advantages in that it gives a 10-year protection period against meningitis A for the target group 1-29 years. "It also protects the non-vaccinated population through the collective "hard immunity".

The vaccine reduces the quantity of the bacteria in the nose and throat and also reinforces anti-tetanus immunity," he added. Njie further noted that given the fact that The Gambia lies on the meningitis belt, every year the country experiences its outbreak. He remarked that reactive vaccination campaigns have been organised, but noted that the vaccine used until now gives protection for only three years. Thus, he described the new vaccine as important in the drive towards eradicating this contagious disease. In view of this, Health and Nutrition highlights the causes, spread, treatment and preventive measures of this deadly contagious disease to its esteemed readership. Meningitis is inflammation of the meninges. The meninges is the collective name for the three membranes that envelope the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system), called the dura mater, the arachnoid mater, and the pia mater. The meninges' main function, alongside the cerebrospinal fluid is to protect the central nervous system.

What causes meningitis? Meningitis is generally caused by infection of viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, and certain organisms. Anatomical defects or weak immune systems may be linked to recurrent bacterial meningitis. In the majority of cases the cause is a virus. However, some non-infectious causes of meningitis also exist.

A study carried out by researchers at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London, England, showed how bacteria that cause bacterial meningitis mimic human cells in order to evade the body's innate immune system. Viral meningitis

Although viral meningitis is the most common; it is rarely a serious infection, it can be caused by a number of different viruses, such as mosquito-borne viruses. There is no specific treatment for this type of meningitis. In the vast majority of cases the illness resolves itself within a week without any complications. Bacterial Meningitis

Bacterial meningitis is generally a serious infection. People become infected when they are in close contact with the discharges from the nose or throat of a person who is infected.

Twenty years ago, Hib was the main cause of bacterial meningitis - it is not any more thanks to new vaccines which are routinely administered to children.

The doctor needs to know what type of meningitis has infected the patient. Certain antibiotics can stop some types from infecting others. Meningitis is not always easy to recognize. In many cases, meningitis may be progressing with no symptoms at all. In its early stages, the symptoms might be similar to those of flu. However, people with meningitis and septicemia can become seriously ill within hours, so it is important to know the signs and symptoms. Early symptoms of meningitis broadly include: Vomiting, nausea, muscle pain, high temperature (fever), headache,cold hands and feetA rash that does not fade under pressure, this rash might start as a few small spots in any part of the body - it may spread rapidly and look like fresh bruises. This happens because blood has leaked into tissue under the skin. The rash or spots may initially fade, and then come back.In babies, you should look out for at least one of the following symptoms:

a high-pitched, moaning cry

a bulging fontenelle

being difficult to wake

floppy and listless or stiff with jerky movements

refusing feeds

rapid/ unusual/ difficult breathing

pale or blotchy skin

red or purple spots that do not fade under pressure

In older children, you should look out for:

a stiff neck

severe pains and aches in your back and joints

sleepiness or confusion

a very bad headache (alone, not a reason to seek medical help)

a dislike of bright lights

very cold hands and feet

shivering

rapid breathing

red or purple spots that do not fade under pressure

Treatment The treatment for severe meningitis, which is nearly always bacterial (but can be viral), may require hospitalization, and includes: Antibiotics - usually administered intravenously by injection, or through an IV. Corticosteroids - if the patient's meningitis is causing pressure in the brain, corticosteroids, such as dexamethasone, may be administered to adults and children. Paracetamol is effective in bringing the patient's temperature down. Other methods for reducing the patient's fever may include a cool sponge bath, cooling pads, plenty of fluids, and good room ventilation. Anti-convulsants - if the patient has seizures (fits), he/she will be given an anti-convulsant, such as phenobarbital or dilantin. Oxygen therapy - if the patient has breathing difficulties, oxygen therapy may be given. This may involve a face mask, a nasal cannula, a hood, or a tent. In more severe cases, a tube may be inserted into the trachea via the mouth. Fluid control - dehydration is common for patients with meningitis. If a meningitis patient is dehydrated, he/she may develop serious problems. It is crucial that he/she is receiving adequate amounts of fluids. If the patient is vomiting, or cannot drink, liquids may be given through an IV.

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South Africa: Bridging the Digital Divide for People With Disabilities

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BY GABI KHUMALO, 23 NOVEMBER 2013

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People with disabilities, enrolled at Phokeng in Education in the North West province, will now have access to IT devices, which will empower them with the skills to become independent and employable.

The Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, and mobile company Cell C on Friday officially opened the school's computer lab, which has 10 computers installed with the relevant software to meet the students' needs. This includes Open Book scanning and reading software to enable visually impaired students to read and make notes.

The lab also boasts a double-sided braille printer so students can print copies in braille. Over R300 000 was spent on the equipment.

During the opening of the lab, Cell C also donated three mobile devices, airtime and access to internet connection for a period of 12 months to wheelchair tennis stars.

The event forms part of marking Disability Rights Awareness Month, held under the theme 'Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all'.

Speaking at the event, Bogopane-Zulu thanked Cell C for coming on board and making it possible for students with disabilities to access technology tools. She said this would make it easier for them to carry on with their studies and it would give them the skills needed in the workplace.

Bogopane-Zulu had approached Cell C to make them aware of the plight facing people with disabilities, and asked them to assist.

"... This is the beginning of more centres like this to be established in the province," she said.

She impressed upon students to get ready for the workplace and create the kind of life they want for themselves. She also encouraged them to strive for greatness every day.

"Let us be active citizens... to make South Africa a better place... As you receive these computers, make use of them. We are hoping that you are going to learn to use this equipment to get yourselves ready for work," Bogopane-Zulu said.

Cell C Executive: Government Relations, Joshua Moela, said the company was honoured to take part in Disability Rights Awareness Month.

"People with disabilities have a right to access to ICT equipment, such as mobile devices," Moela said, adding that they will be proud when they see the students making a difference in their communities.

North West Education MEC Wendy Matsemela said the department was in the process of empowering teachers in South African Sign Language. She said the computer lab would help to level the playing field for students with disabilities.

Phokeng in Education is an independent training and skills development service provider, which specialises in braille studies, South African Sign Language, ICT training for youth with disabilities, visually impaired and hard of hearing persons in and around the rural villages of Rustenburg and the greater North West province.

The institution also provides training in scarce skills such as braille production, orientation and mobility services to enable visually impaired people to live more independent lives.

The school was founded in 2003 as a satellite campus of a prominent business college operating in the mainstream sector. In February 2007, it was registered as an independent institute of training, skills development and research focused on programmes affecting people with disabilities and rural youth in and around the province.

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Tutankhamun had disability because his parents were siblings

Egypt Independent
Sun, 24/11/2013 - 17:59

Zahi Hawass,Vice Minister of Culture ,and Secretary General of Supreme Council for Antiquities during holding a seminar of Touristic Writers Association on January 31,2010

Azza Fadaly
Al-Masry Al-Youm

Former Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass has revealed new secrets about the young Pharaoh Tutankhamun (1354-1345 BC), including that he suffered from a disability in his foot, because his parents were brother and sister.

Hawas told the London-based newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, on the sidelines of the signing ceremony of his new book on Tutankhamun in London on Saturday, that “everything that has been said about the assassination of the young pharaoh is not true and is not based on scientific grounds.”

After over than 33 centuries since his death, the golden pharaoh still raises controversy among Egyptologists around the world over the causes of his death and many details of his life, in addition to other debates about the ways that were followed to preserve the mummy, which sits inside his famous tomb, west of Luxor.

“The search to uncover the real causes of the death took about three years,” he added. In the presence of 17 other scientists, Hawass said they were able to prove that the wound in Tut body was not the cause of his death.

“British explorer Howard Carter, the discoverer of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, wanted to take away the mummy out of the golden mask of Tutankhamun, so he used a knife and put it on the flame causing a straight cut in the mummy,” he explained. “The cut is a result from the knife..not from falling from a chariot.”

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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God’s existence: Malawian atheist Thindwa Vs Pastor Masikamu

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Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi
By Robert Masikamu
November 24, 2013

After my earlier article entitled “Where is the loving God in times of People’s suffering…” which was published on Nyasa Times online news media, the renowned Malawian atheist George Thindwa responded through an email and without redaction, below is how our arguments went;

George Thindwa:
Your analysis is archaic and meaningless on the above subject. Your observation that there is too much suffering is correct.

Then from such observations you must prove that God exists. Before you start proving, define God first. And deduce whether your God fits the observation

1- Yes, he is claimed to be LOVING. What does loving mean? Does suffering and loving agree in your analysis? The answer is no!

2-God exists. You have come to this conclusion too fast. Prove what a non existence God does to suffering. Because he does not exist, he will definitely do nothing to human suffering. This is what is obtained my dear. We are suffering and nothing is done about it. A situation that a non existent God would do. Therefore God does not exist! An existing God that does nothing must be a fool.

3-Free will is foolish for a God that is loving, and powerful. So to say that God gave people free will is archaic reasoning. I will kill people because God gave me free will- that is what you are saying?

4- Do n`t you think that you could have made this world a better place if you were God yourself?

5-Qouting the Bible to prove God is redundant and poor un professional work. You cannot get anywhere with it unless you collaborate with other sources of information.

6- An existing God cannot exist in BELIEFS. Beliefs are not facts. So God being a belief and not fact equals He does not exist!

7- Give us science stuff to prove or demonstrate such important things that affect people not verbal testimonies of Jesus this or that!

Thindwa - Heads the Association for Secular Humanism and believes there is no God
Pastor Masikamu
Regards

Robert Masikamu:
Greetings Mr. Thindwa,
Thank you for taking your time to react to my article on Nyasa Times online media. You have termed my analysis of the existence of God as archic which I may not totally disagree because God has been, He is and He will forever be.

We don’t need new findings to justify the existence of God for His existence doesn’t need to be defended. God is self-defensive and when we argue for His existence does not mean that the reality of His existence is defenseless. What we see on earth and life we have bear witness to His existence.

When we defend God’s existence, we are only trying to prevent heretical teachings on His existence while at the same time washing hands to those who deny His existence like you so that on that judgment day, you have no excuse when you are to account on what you did with the life God entrusted you with. We also not do this to show off intellectual capability but basing it on a hope that one day you and many others will believe that God exist. Mr. Thindwa, from your email, I see that you are not far from believing that God exists basing on the following:

1. You are able to differentiate between God and god meaning that you have the concept of God or god in your mind.

2. You have said that God who does exist but does nothing must be a fool. This means that you don’t have a problem with God’s existence but you have a problem with His passiveness. All you want is for God to intervene in every human suffering by rooting it out.

>From this, I hear you saying that God does not love people because he does not intervene;
we have a God who is a fool because He does not intervene. However, remember that, it is said, fools say in their heart, there is no God. I hope you don’t want to be categorised as such.

3. You asked if I don’t think, I could make this world a better place if I was God myself.

These points show that your problem is not God’s non-existence but His passiveness. My answer to this question is no because I would not be God, there is only one God and no other.

On the question of the definition of God, I would say that God is not an object because He is not a “what” BUT “who”. In that respect, I would answer the question of “who is God?” God is the author and omega, the beginning and the end. He is the creator of heavens and earth and what is in them, including you Mr. Thindwa. The existence of everything defines who God is. You have said that I shouldn’t use the bible because it is archaic forgetting that you depend on science while I depend on what God says.

Like I said, God does not change but science changes and fails, may be that makes my dependence on the bible archaic because this God has been there before anything else was created. Scientists have failed to create life because they are created beings depending on God’s revelation to do what they do but what God has not revealed, they cannot do. True scientists acknowledge the existence of God.

On the analysis of a loving God but suffering people, I would like to emphasise that God is loving. He loved us from the beginning. He loves you Mr. Thindwa regardless of your abominable statements against His powers. Mr. Thindwa, note that, God created man without suffering but man invited suffering through his disobedience against God’s command. If man obeyed, there would be no suffering but we chose to do otherwise.

Just as some choices of our parents affect us sometimes, the choices of the first man (Adam) affect us till today. Mr. Thindwa, are you telling me that punishing your child for disobeying you is an expression of a cruel father? Punishment may also be an expression of love to put your child in the right way. We suffer as a result of our choices and sometimes choices of people who hate us. God should not be blamed for our suffering. He meant good by creating us but our disobedience has brought suffering.

Free will does not make God a fool but rather a God who puts some trust in us. God gave orders and emphasised that man should do what is right by obeying Him but man disobeyed. Remember that choices have consequences, thus what we see and experience today. You can’t tell me that you can keep on making choices for your married children. You leave them to make their choices because you trust their capability. Does that mean that you hate them if they suffer as a result of wrong choices they make? The answer is no.

Mr. Thindwa, you have said that beliefs are not facts, and since God’s existence is about belief not facts, equals, He does not exist, what is a fact? If the answer is the dictionary one, then believe that God exists. Like I said, the creation attests to His existence. In addition, God does miracles which man or a scientist cannot do such as instant healing of the sick.

Brother Thindwa, are you saying that you don’t acknowledge the existence of the word belief or believe? Are you saying that at times you don’t do things you are not sure of their outcome? If you do, then you are not far from believing in God’s existence. I believe that, you plant crops even when you are not sure if rain will come, that is a belief, thus God exist even if you haven’t touched or seen Him face to face. You are at times told of people who existed before you and you believe even if you did not see those people, why should it be difficult for you to believe in God’s existence even if you have not seen Him but seen His works? My brother Thindwa, using science to prove God’s existence cannot work since what is created cannot attain wisdom more than of a creator to prove His existence. He is not an object to be contained in a scientific laboratory. While I appreciate the effort scientists have made to make this world better, at the same time they have brought more problems than before. They have created sophisticated weapons to kill more people. They have made chemicals which have poisoned the creation. They have made poverty more visible by creating posh cars, prestigious phones and many others which many people are not able to buy thereby labelled poor. Don’t blame God for these. Science is limited, God is not.

If the Bible cannot take us anywhere, how far has the evolution theory of Charles Darwin taken us? If man came from chimpanzee as many scientists want to make us believe, tell us, who created Chimpazee? After Homo sapiens (human beings as we are) scientifically, what will we become and after how many years are we to become what you anticipate? Lack of answers to these questions is an invitation for you to believe in God’s existence and depend on Him. Mr. Thindwa, besides your unbelief about God’s existence, one thing is clear, GOD EXISTS and I pray that His grace reaches you to realise this fact. God has a purpose with your life and that is the reason why besides your insubordination against Him, you are still alive.

In my conclusion I request that you consider answering the following questions:

1. How did what exists come to exist before anything else existed?

2. How did it happen to be a man and a woman and not only a man or a woman?

3. Without sneaking into the bible, tell us what existed first between man, animals, vegetation, water, sky bodies and land and why in that order?

4. Have you ever believed in God’s existence before and why? What made you stop believing in His existence if you ever believed before, poverty or riches, healthy or sickness?

5. If you don’t believe in God’s existence, why do you even mention the name “God”? I mean, does something that does not exist have a name? Are you sure you are not working under someone’s influence?

6. It is clear that miracles do happen, with your science; tell us, how does this happen? E.g. the deaf and the blind recovering instantly after faithful prayers.

7. You were told of the date you were born; do you believe and tell people about it? Your memory was not fully developed then, why do you believe in what you were just told Prove you reasoning.

8. My last but not least question is, do you only believe in existence of what is seen, felt and tangible and not what is not seen, felt and tangible?

Regards,
Robert Masikamu

George Thindwa
Noted and thanks,
Your response show the same way religious people put their case- NO EVIDENCE USED. Here are some intelligent responses to your questions

1- I do not know.

2- I do not know

3-Try to check work of evolutionist. They have an idea.

4-I lack belief in God as God as a concept is meaningless. I am not the type that believe in Gods and yet there is no evidence for it. am not so stupid as to waste time in beliefs.

5-God is one of the terms around. Have you come across talking snake? Zombies, Witches,- they do not exist. Yet we have terms for these!

6-There are no miracles. Faith prayers are a hoax.

7- I don't believe in the date I was born. It is not a belief. It is a fact.

8- Foolish question commonly asked by believers. This is how we go about issues. Make a claim about say air, define it and then test with observation and data- then you have it whether seen or unseen!

For example: God is defined as very powerful, everywhere, loving and perfect and answers prayers. Test with data and observations. Data: people are suffering= fact. Haiyan in Philippines has just killed 10,000 people-FACT. Test these observations with the God attribute of loving and powerful. My friend you have the answer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Mind you use any many observations as possible. My was just a simple example.

There are comprehensive studies on the efficacy of Prayer- Step Study, Colombia Study etc – The conclusion is that there is no god who answers prayers. Prayers equals Talking to oneself without feeling silly! A christian God with the attribute of loving and omnipotent cannot exists and therefore does not exist.

Another one that is easy. Here we go. God is everywhere. There is space that I occupy in the world-FACT. That is why people are able to see me and say there goes Thindwa. The space I occupy therefore cannot be occupied by anyone else. Therefore God cannot occupy my space simultaneously. Correct! Therefore that the Christian God is omnipresent is rubbish. Thus an omnipresent christian God cannot exist and does not exist.

If you have brains you will understand.

Also love Science. This world and yourself are better off with Science and not religion as religion is collective Insanity!

Thanks
Robert Masikamu

Greetings Brother Thindwa,
Now I know that you have a problem to understand the God we talk about. God is the spirit; therefore he doesn't need to occupy space like you and I do. Or don't you believe in the existence of the spirit also?
I still say, God loves you brother though you don't believe in His existence.

Blessings

George Thindwa
Robert
What is that- spirit? Mawu odyera eti (just a scapegoat)?

Robert Masikamu
Greetings Brother Thindwa,

To answer your question on what it means by God being the Spirit, the answer is that God being the Spirit means that He is a Supernatural being whose presence can be felt and His voice audible to human beings but He is disembodied to be perceived by our naked eyes.

Note:
Brothers and sisters in the Lord, this shows that the devil is at great work to mislead God’s people. Please, let us keep on praying for people like George Thinda without ceasing so that one day they may come to the Lord and serve as witnesses of our Lord Jesus Christ. Never believe people like Thindwa.

You can also note that the answers “I don’t know to my questions” doesn’t portray intelligence as he has put it. He says science has answers, if he has great interest and commitment to science, why does he not know? He does not know and if he asks for answers, then God He rejects is the answer to those questions.

OUR GOD EXISTS; HE IS THE CREATOR AND LIVES FOREVER AND EVER.

May God bless you all!

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Ghana commence disability act reforms

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By Ghana News -SpyGhana.com

Nana Oye Lithur - Minister for Gender & Social Protection

The Ghana Federation of the Disabled on Thursday presented a Gap Analysis Report on the Persons With Disability Act, (Act 715, 2006) to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to consider for reforms.

A review of the Act by Law and Development Associates in April revealed a number of inconsistencies with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Minister, Nana Oye Lithur told a delegation of the federation led by Mr Joseph Adu Boampong, immediate past President of the Federation that two years to the expiration of the 10-year moratorium, most public buildings are still unfriendly to persons with disability.

She said the ministry would include the issues of the Act in the 2014 work plan and ensure that it is amended to meet the needs and aspirations of persons with disability.

Nana Lithur observed that the act is weak on employment and urged the leadership of the federation to study other nation’s Disability Acts in order to enhance it.

She called on the federation to make suggestions compelling enough to convince the Attorney-General’s Department to consider immediate action on the amendment.

Nana Lithur asked members to scale up its advocacy efforts by engaging the Office of the President, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice as well as key ministries, department and agencies to galvanise support for the reforms.

She suggested to the federation to initiate consultative meetings to collect informed submissions that would help bring out a “rich legal framework” to adequately protect the rights of persons with disability.

Persons with Disability in Ghana are confronted with limited access to education, unemployment, stigmatisation, social exclusion, negative socio-cultural perception and poverty.

Nana Lithur announced that the ministry is undergoing restructuring to guarantee total inclusiveness of persons with disability in political, social and economic decision making process.

As part of the restructuring effort a 40-feet container office would be constructed to cater for the needs of Persons With Disability while a Resource Mobilisation Unit would be created at the ministry.

Source: GNA

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Oye Lithur Calls For Amendment Of Disability Act

Ghana

Nana Oye Lithur, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection has called for amendment of the Disability Act 2006 to conform to international obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability.

She said the amendment would also ensure that the needs of Ghanaians with disability were addressed in accordance with the new mandate given to the Gender Ministry.

Nana Oye made this call today during the inauguration of the National Council on Persons with Disability.

She charged the Council to develop modalities for raising funds to facilitate its activities.

She said the Council was mandated to pursue and promote a better Ghana experience for the estimated 20 per cent of the nation’s population with disability.

“The Council is also mandated by section 42 of Act 715 to develop policies and strategies to facilitate the participation of persons with disabilities in the national development process”, she added.

She also called on the Council to come out with a plan to enable all public structures to be disability friendly as the deadline for such compliance would expire in about three years’ time.

Mrs Oye Lithur also tasked the Council to conduct thorough investigations into issues surrounding the disbursement of common fund allocated to persons with disabilities.

“I will also appeal to you to develop a plan to secure access to services where there are communication challenges, especially with the accessing of health care for person with hearing impairment,” she added.

She called for the establishment of regional and districts offices with proper operational capacities to establish a national register of Persons with Disability.

This, she said, would help to address issues relating to the rehabilitation centres at the district level, initiating right based interventions and programmes and also help secure better and well planned programmes for the disabled.

She said each member of the board was specially chosen to enhance the work of the board with his or her unique attribute and expertise.

Ms Emma Lilian Bruce-Lyle, who represented the Federation of Persons with Disability on the board, on behalf of the chairman express her appreciation to the minister for the trust reposed in them and pledged their readiness to work for the disabled in the country.

The Council members are Prof. Gyimah Boadi, Chairperson, (Centre for Democratic Governance); Dr Akwesi Osei, Ministry of Health Representative; Mr Sampson Nii Trebi, Department of Social Welfare; Mr Humphrey Koffie, Mental Health Society of Ghana; Nana Yaa Agyeman, ShareCare Ghana and Mrs Gertrude Oforiwaa Fefoame, Sightsavers Ghana.

The rest are Ms Patience Opoku, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection; Ms Emma Lilian Bruce-Lyle, Federation of Persons with Disability; Father Andrew Campbell, Christ the King Catholic Church, Mr Divine Ayidzoe, Ministry of Education and Mr Max Varden, Executive Secretary for Council of Persons with Disability.

The Ministries of Local Government and Rural Development, Employment, Labour Relations and the Ghana Employers Association are all required to present a representative each.

Source: GNA

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Angola: Over 90,000 Disabled Persons Get Government Assistance

AllAfrica.com
26 NOVEMBER 2013

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Ninety-five thousand people with disabilities in Angola benefit from social assistance provided by the Social Welfare Ministry (MINARS ), as part of the Government's effort to improve the living standards of vulnerable persons.

The information was released Tuesday in Luanda by the National director for Integration of the Handicapped, Andre Nzinga.

The assistance consists of zinc sheets, food stuffs and used clothes.

The batch includes wheelchairs, trike motorcycles and crutches.

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Airtel Ghana Donates To State School Of The Deaf

BusinessGhana
News Date: 26th November 2013

Ashiaman, Tema: As part of celebration of World Children's Day, Airtel Ghana donated items to the State School for the Deaf at Ashiaman, a suburb of Tema in the Greater Accra Region. The items included a 10kva generator set, football jerseys, student mattresses and funds exclusively raised by Airtel employees towards the upkeep of the pupils of the school.

Presenting the items on behalf of the Director of Human Resources, Maame Dufie Cudjoe, HR Manager in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Engagement at Airtel Ghana explained that the gesture was part of the company's pledge to support the under-privileged in the communities in which it operates, especially in the area of education.

"Airtel Ghana sees education as a key area of development in any society, in particular primary education, and so we are always on the lookout to support any initiative that will make learning easier and fun for children", she stated.

The project was an initiative of one of Airtel Ghana's employees, Benonia Laryea, whose visit to the school last year prompted her to seek the company's support. "I saw such brilliance in the pupils I met. In spite of their obvious challenge, they were studious and ready to make the best out of their situation. I found that very moving and so I decided to get Airtel involved to touch their lives", she explained.

Accepting the donation, the headmaster of the school, Michael Cudjoe, expressed his appreciation for the support. He was especially grateful for the generator, which he said will help provide constant electricity to the school and so aid teaching and learning.

State School for the Deaf is a public special school for the deaf in the Greater Accra region of Ghana established in 1965 with a pupil population of about 325.

About Bharti Airtel Limited

Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 4 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company's product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 281 million customers across its operations at the end of October 2013. To know more please visit, www.airtel.com

For more information, please contact:

Donald Gwira

Head, Corporate Communications and External Affairs

Airtel Ghana

donald.gwira@gh.airtel.com
Source: Airtel

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Ghana: Bosome-Freho Assembly to Offer Employable Skills to Disabled

AllAfrica.com
27 NOVEMBER 2013

As part of managing the Disability Fund, the Executive Committee of the Bosome-Freho District Assembly has taken the initiative to offer employable skills to People Living with Disability (PLWD) in the district and their caretakers to earn them a living on a sustainable basis.

Mr. Kwame Adarkwah, District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, announced at the Assembly General Meeting that the Executive Committee also recommended that part of the fund be set aside to cater for unforeseen disability emergencies.

The initiative follows a directive by the Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC), after it had realised that the beneficiaries of the fund only use the money to feed themselves, instead of profitable ventures.

He entreated members of the assembly to get data on all PLWDs in their respective Electoral Areas, while the Social Welfare Officer designs a format for them to use for the exercise.

He asked the members to submit a list of communal labour days in all communities within their jurisdiction, in order for the Assembly to monitor its effectiveness, and also to boost maintenance culture in the communities.

According to him, the committee observed that most of the people in the communities had been refusing to pay their levies to the Assembly to aid the development of the district, as a result of which it had been recommended that the siting of developmental projects would now be based on a community's effort on payment of levies.

The DCE disclosed that the Executive Committee also recommended that the Assembly collaborate with the Regional Feeder Roads Directorate to help reshape most of the district's roads, which are in a deplorable state.

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Disability Act must be amended - Oye Lithur

GhanaWeb
Nana Oye

The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, has called for amendment of the Disability Act 2006 to conform to international obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability.

She said the amendment would also ensure that the needs of Ghanaians with disability were addressed in accordance with the new mandate given to the Gender Ministry.

Mrs Lithur made this call during the inauguration of the National Council on Persons with Disability. She charged the Council to develop modalities for raising funds to facilities its activities.

According to her, the Council is mandated to pursue and promote a better Ghana experience for the estimated 20 per cent of the nation’s population with disability.

“The Council is also mandated by section 42 of Act 715 to develop policies and strategies to facilitate the participation of persons with disabilities in the national development process.”

The sector Minister urged the Council to come out with a plan to enable all public structures disability friendly as the deadline for such compliance would expire in about three years’ time.

She tasked them to conduct thorough investigations into issues surrounding the disbursement of common fund allocated to persons with disabilities saying, “I will also appeal to you to develop a plan to secure access to services where there are communication challenges, especially with the accessing of health care for person with hearing impairment.”

She called for the establishment of regional and districts offices with proper operational capacities to establish a national register of Persons with Disability.

This, she said, would help to address issues relating to the rehabilitation centres at the district level initiating right based interventions and programmes and also help secure better and well planned programmes for the disabled adding that each member of the board was specially chosen to enhance the work of the board with his or her unique attribute and expertise.

Ms Emma Lilian Bruce-Lyle, who represented the Federation of Persons with Disability on the board, on behalf of the chairman express her appreciation to the minister for the trust reposed in them and pledged their readiness to work for the disabled in the country.

The Council members were Prof. Gyimah Boadi, Chairperson, (Centre for Democratic Governance); Dr Akwesi Osei, Ministry of Health Representative; Mr Sampson Nii Trebi, Department of Social Welfare; Mr Humphrey Koffie, Mental Health Society of Ghana; Nana Yaa Agyeman, ShareCare Ghana and Mrs Gertrude Oforiwaa Fefoame, Sightsavers Ghana.

The rest were Ms Patience Opoku, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection; Ms Emma Lilian Bruce-Lyle, Federation of Persons with Disability; Father Andrew Campbell, Christ the King Catholic Church, Mr Divine Ayidzoe, Ministry of Education and Mr Max Varden, Executive Secretary for Council of Persons with Disability.

The Ministries of Local Government and Rural Development, Employment, Labour Relations and the Ghana Employers Association are all required to present a representative each.

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CHRAJ dragged before for court

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By Ghana News -SpyGhana.com

Ms Vivian Lamptey - CHRAJ Commissioner

Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Volta, Monday gave notice it would go to court to seek justice for a client, allegedly brutalized by the police at Aflao a decade ago.

Simon Deffour, 39, an Evangelist and photographer, has a bludgeoned eye and a shattered ear as a result of the beatings.

Deffour’s left eye is almost popped out of its sockets with his head puffed-up.

He is blind in the left eye and deaf in the left ear.

The sole perpetrator of the act named in correspondence only as Detective Buabeng, then at the Aflao Police Station, is said to have resigned from the Police Service and currently resident in the United States of America.

Mr Deffour told the Ghana News Agency in the offices of Volta Regional Directorate of CHRAJ, that the incident happened on July 14, 2003.

He said Mr Buabeng grabbed him from behind in town around Togbe Amenya Fiti’s residence and with the help of a second policeman, a Sergeant Vincent Agbenoo, dragged him to the police station

He said at the station, Buabeng held him by his beard and banged his head against the wall a few times.

Mr Deffour alleged that Buabeng hit him with a blow on the left eye, on which he had had a cataract operation only a week before.

He said, his eyes streaked blood and fluid, but was pushed into the cells and only released the next day, upon the intervention of his parents.

Mr Deffour said the issue was over a piece of family land sold by an Auntie, which he objected to.

He said he had gone to the site to demand that workmen stopped work, but was beaten up.

Mr Deffour said he reported the case to the Aflao Police but was told it could not be handled since the issue was not criminal.

He said he visited the police station a few times on the request of Mr Buabeng but did not find him only to be accosted in town on July 14 2003, sent to the Aflao Police Station and manhandled.

Mr Joseph Nuertey, CHRAJ Volta Regional Director showed the GNA a letter from his office to the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Bureau (PIPS) over the issue, dated August 21, 2012, which he said had so far yielded no result.

He said the complaint was first lodged at CHRAJ offices at Denu on November 2, 2006.

Mr Nuertey said though letters had been sent to the police at various levels over the issue “it is worth-noting that it was not until 21st July, 2011 that the Commission received any piece of information from the District Commander (Aflao) indicating the station diary confirmed the arrest and that the docket was sent to the Divisional Command in Keta”.

The CHRAJ letter to PIPS further indicated that “the District Commander also informed the Commission per the same letter that Detective Corporal Buabeng had resigned from the Ghana Police and at the time domiciled in the United States of America”.

“We (CHRAJ) wrote to the Divisional Commander, Keta to find out the status of the docket only to be told that the docket could not be traced, ” that correspondence from the CHRAJ Volta Regional Directorate indicated.

Documents attached to the letter from CHRAJ Volta to PIPS include Sergeant Vincent Agbenoo’s comments, pictures, and a referral letter from the Ketu District hospital, complainants compliant and the investigative report from CHRAJ district office in Denu.

Source: GNA

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Cameroon: Deaf and dump football match

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The deaf and dump national football team of cameroon has recently defeated the gabonese counterparts by 2-0 in a friendly match organised by both federations from both countries.

This match that was the first of its kind tobe organised by this federation thrilled thousands of supporters and anxious people to the stadium who were out to watch the match.The match started with plenty of presure mounted by cameroon on Gabon but the gabonese later gained steem and took control of the match.But unfortunately for them cameroon was much more stronger and they scored 2 goals with gabon not being able to score even one.The match ended with a 2-0victory for cameroon.All during the match spectators wre thrilled with the drbbles that came from the deaf and dump players who were playing as normal players.When the referee sounded his final whistle it was fair play that had thriumphed at the end of the day and match for both teams cellebrated the victory and shered a common communion.

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Angola: MINARS Update Statistic Data of Disabled People

AllAfrica.com
28 NOVEMBER 2013

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The Ministry of Assistance and Social Reinsertion (MINARS) is engaged in updating statistic data of disabled people in Angola, to allow the implementation of programmes aimed at improving social conditions of these vulnerable people.

The information was presented to Angop on Thursday by the National Director of Disabled People's Integration with the MINARS, Andre Nzinga, as part of activities aimed to celebrate Disabled People's day, to be marked on December 3.

The official added that the updated statistical data on disability in the country also aims to help planning techniques, in order to know who needs wheelchairs, crutches, and motor tricycles, among other means for these people vulnerable.

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Richoff Disability Festival Hits Ghana

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By Daily Guide Ghana

Offei flanked by Smith (L) and Armah

RichOff Amputee and Disability Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that seeks to empower persons with disability through sports has hit the ground running.

On December 3 at the Accra Stadium, a special sports event will be put together by the Foundation to mark this year’s UN Disability Day.

The event will attract representatives from countries like Haiti, France, Iran, Georgia and Brazil, who have rich experience in disability sports, to raise funds for a Disability Sports Education Academy in the Central Region.

President of the Foundation, Richard Ofei, at a press conference on Monday at the studious of Asempa FM, said that his predicament as an amputee at age 18 stirred him to establish the foundation.

The former member of the National Amputee Soccer team revealed that fortunately the traditional chief of Dominase Komenda, Nana Ekow Biesie II in the Central Region offered him a 40-acre land for the construction of the academy.

“At age 18 as a footballer with Michael Essien and co at Liberty Professionals, I had my leg amputated through an accident. My family gave up on me but I persisted.

“I decided to establish this foundation to help persons with disability to discover their real potential. I got in touch with high-profile personalities on the land and they have really being of inspiration and great help.

“Everybody is invited on December 3 for the special games, admission is free, we want to raise funds to cut the sword for the project,” he said.

Executive members like Rev Ken Augustt, Bob Smith Jnr., of Diabolo fame, Philip Otuo Acheapong, Emmanuel Armah, Prince ‘Waakye’ Yawson, James Twumasi Ankrah, Theodore Viwotsu, Cashius Mensa and Eschin Samuel have been of tremendous support to the foundation.

According to the Foundation, sponsors like MTN, Donewell Insurance, Ghana Maritime Authority, Alban Bagbin, Isaac Osei, Las Palmas Food Centre, Ash Foam, Heroes World Computers, Tobinco, Vita Milk, Lake City Spot and TT Brothers have all pledged to support the event.

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Nigeria's fight against AIDS

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With 3.5 million infected, Nigeria has blended foreign funding with locally tailored strategies to fight HIV/AIDS.

Chika Oduah Last updated: 01 Dec 2013 11:57

Elders in Uko Itak Eyulor say awareness initiative has boosted knowledge of HIV [Chika Oduah/Al Jazeera]

In a small home tucked away on a side street in the city of Kaduna in northern Nigeria, Aisha Yakubu watches her son take out three bottles of prescribed medications from a dresser in his bedroom. The eight-year-old boy ignores the kittens meandering around his legs as he twists open the caps of each of the white bottles.

Every day he takes anti-viral drugs: 200 miligrams of Aluvia, 150 miligrams of Truvada and half a tablet of Septrin. "I think he contracted the HIV from his mother," Yakubu says.

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About six years ago, she found the boy lying in a heap of rubbish in an abandoned building. She picked him up, took him home and has been raising him as her son ever since. Together, they strive to overcome the challenges and stigmas surrounding those infected with HIV.

"After seven [in the evening] you couldn't even say HIV then because people were so afraid," she says. She explains that the word to describe HIV or AIDS in the local Hausa language, kanjamau, refers to a sickly, skeleton-like person with scabby skin.

In 2005, after several months of losing weight and being accused of possessing an evil spirit that was making her sick, Yakubu said she became depressed and her relatives, some Christians and others Muslims, did not offer her enough support. "The Christians were saying I need deliverance and the Muslims were saying I was a sinner," she said.

She finally visited a medical doctor who told her she was HIV-positive. She said the news "completely threw her off balance". She suspected her second, now former, husband had given her the virus.

Millions infected

>From that moment, Yakubu became aware that she was part of a much larger community. An estimated 3.5 million Nigerians are infected with HIV. The National Agency for the Control of AIDS says Nigeria has the world's second-largest number of people living with the virus after South Africa. Nigeria also carries about one-third of the global burden of new HIV infections among children, according to The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS.

HIV funding shortage threatens Senegal gains

In places like Kaduna where Yakubu lives, the rate of HIV infection is higher than the national average of five percent.

The federal government has allocated more than $12.4m to the state to finance HIV and AIDS reduction initiatives from 2014-15, according to the head of the Kaduna State Agency for the Control of AIDS. This agency, in partnership with Enhancing Nigeria's Response to HIV and AIDS (ENR) - a programme funded by the United Kingdom's Department of International Development, aims to fight the epidemic by boosting awareness.

Yakubu says her involvement with local advocacy groups has helped her to accept her status. She is said to be the first woman openly living with HIV in Kaduna. "I have already told the world my status," she says.

"There was a lot of scepticism. It's a huge amount of money with a lot of expected deliverables," says Olanipekun Oluwasola, who helps to monitor and evaluate ENR's activities. "In the past five years we have proved that we have been able to manage such money - not just manage but to make a huge difference on ground."

Community-specific approaches

Although ENR has prescribed certain strategies, it has also tailored its approach to the needs of certain communities. Kaduna is the only state in Nigeria where ENR trainings have targeted physically handicapped persons.

Under a tree near a cluster of markets, about 20 people - some blind, some lame and others mute or deaf - gather in a circle to talk about HIV. They agree that rape is the biggest problem facing handicapped people in Kaduna, especially blind and mute, and that this causes the virus to spread.

"Imagine a blind woman who comes outside not knowing she is inappropriately dressed. Men will take advantage of her," says Risikat Toyin Muhammed, the Kaduna state coordinator of the Network of Persons With Disabilities Against HIV and AIDS.

Thirty-nine-year-old Muhammed walks with a metal set of crutches to support her limbs, which were crippled by a bout of childhood polio. ENR gave her training as a field worker to educate others about HIV. She chose to use her experience to reach out to those with physical and mental disabilities.

This is the land of God. It cannot be rubbished by HIV. Everyone's hand is on deck to make sure the virus is completely eradicated in this state.

- Dr Frances Udoikpong, head of the Akwa Ibom State Agency for the Control of AIDS

Meanwhile, in the small farming village of Uko Itak Eyulor in southern Nigeria, chiefs and elders say they know more about the virus after an ENR community facilitator began conducting regular learning sessions with residents in the village.

Akwa Ibom state, where Uko Itak Eyulor is located, has the second-highest HIV prevalence rate in the country. A survey on sexual and reproductive attitudes conducted by ENR's Akwa Ibom team found that practices such as wife sharing and avoidance of condom use have led to the high rate of infection.

Dr Frances Udoikpong, the head of the Akwa Ibom State Agency for the Control of AIDS, emphasises his commitment to lowering the rate. "This is the land of God. It cannot be rubbished by HIV," he said. "Everyone's hand is on deck to make sure the virus is completely eradicated in this state."

Foreign funding

Despite Nigeria's localised approach, foreign entities provide a bulk of the funding. The United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS relief (PEPFAR), the landmark effort begun in 2004 which has been acclaimed for providing free antiretroviral drugs to millions of people around the world, has given $2.5bn to Nigeria to fight the virus, according to the US diplomatic mission to Nigeria. The mission reports that PEPFAR funds in Nigeria have made it possible for more than 3.4 million pregnant women to access health services for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and that nearly 415,000 people have received anti-retroviral therapy.

Nigeria's largest health-oriented NGO, the Society for Family Health, receives money from international donors including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, and the Global Fund to fight HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to maintain a number of HIV and AIDS-related programmes.

Some Nigerians are calling for more anti-HIV efforts backed by the Nigerian federal government. Local media recently reported claims from a state official who claimed that the federal government has not adequately funded HIV and AIDS programmes on the state level.

Meanwhile, HIV-positive Nigerians like Yakubu are focusing less on federal government aid, instead hoping to strengthen local community support groups and become more financially self-reliant. Yakubu depends on per diems from HIV and AIDS advocacy and awareness workshops that she runs, and hopes the money will continue to provide a livelihood for her two adopted sons and husband.

She closely monitors the health of her HIV-positive adopted son and that of her own, offering herself as an example of the success of localised strategies to reducing Nigeria's HIV epidemic. "I am making an impact right here," she says.

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Source: Al Jazeera

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Establish more sign language centres - Association

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The Ghana National Association of the Deaf has appealed for the establishment of more sign language centres to train interpreters.

Mr. Emmanuel Sackey, President of the Association, said the lack of sign interpreters was creating problems of social exclusion and left their needs and concerns largely unresolved.

The difficulty the deaf faced, in terms of access to information, quality health care, education, employment and political participation, would have to be tackled, to allow for their optimal contribution to national development.

Mr. Sackey, who was speaking at the 35th anniversary celebration of the Ashanti Regional branch of the association, suggested to health and education institutions to engage sign language interpreters.

“Breaking barriers; ” was the theme for the week-long celebration, with highlights including discussions on the Disability Act and guidelines for sharing of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF).

Mr. Eric Opoku, the Regional Minister, underlined the need for intensive public education on the disability act to help give adequate protection to people with disability.

The law would have to be properly understood, respected and enforced, he added.

He encouraged the various organizations and institutions to do everything to create the right conditions and provide the necessary facilities, for the convenience of those with disability.

Madam Doris Birago, the Regional President of the Association, appealed for support to enable them to acquire a permanent office.

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Federation satisfied with inauguration of disability boards

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The Ghana Federation of the Disabled on Wednesday expressed happiness over the inauguration of the Mental Health Board and the Board for National Council of Persons with Disability.

The inauguration of the boards followed a two-week ultimatum given to government to form the two boards; else members would hit the streets.

“We are happy that government has finally responded to our call for the formation of the two boards to ensure the drawing of guidelines for the implementation of the Persons with Disability Act and the Mental Health Act,” Mr Yaw Ofori-Debrah told the Ghana News Agency in an interview on Wednesday.

Mr Ofori-Debrah, who is the President of the Federation, entreated members of the boards to work towards compliance of the laws and the protection of rights of members.

He urged government to show commitment and concern to disability issues, by ensuring that public structures and places were made unconditionally accessible to persons with disability.

The Mental Health Board was inaugurated on Tuesday, November 19, with a call on members to establish a fund to support mental health and protect fundamental human rights of mental health patients.

With the inauguration of the Board for National Council of Persons with Disability on Monday November 25, government charged board members to evolve policies and strategies to facilitate the participation of Persons with Disability in the national development process.

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Awolowo never understood real politics at anytime ?Omololu Olunloyo

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REPORT CULLED FROM PUNCH NIGERIA

Dr. Omololu Olunloyo, a former governor of Oyo State, tells GBENRO ADEOYE that he was not disappointed that he spent less than three months in the office as governor

First, my condolences on the loss of your mother, Alhaja Tejumola Abebi Olunloyo.

Thank you very much, she lived long enough and escorted me in the journey of life long enough. I’m going to be 79 in a few months. We’re in the midst of the funeral and I hope in the next month, we will conclude the final funeral ceremony but as they say, it’s something that never will be forgotten since one has only one mother.

What major influence did she have on you?

The major influence my mother had on me is to stick by one’s gun in anything that one wants to do; to determine to succeed by working hard at it and to believe that nothing is impossible. She was a very tough person, even aggressive and that is part of the attributes I inherited from her and I count it to be of very great use to me in a hostile world. She didn’t allow anybody to intimidate her, however rich they may think they are, whether inside or outside the family, and that has been my outlook too towards life.

The aggressive part, how has it helped you?

Yes, when you want to achieve any goal, it may be in sports, academics, or politics, when you have intimidating circumstances, obstacles, whether man-made, natural and unnatural obstacles, I found out that I was able to overcome some obstacles. I mean for instance, 48 of us were admitted to the Government College, Ibadan out of 2,002 that sat for the entrance exam. Three of us were from Standard five and I was on scholarship. All the other 45 boys were standard six boys and they had done an extra year in Primary school, so they were way ahead of us. In the first year, they beat us to smithereens and in the second year, we caught up with them in seven subjects. We remained on top of the class permanently because during the holidays, we worked all the problems in the books; Durrell mathematics, Durrell algebra, Durrell geometry, Durrell calculus and we decided that we must attain world standard. We had two excellent teachers in mathematics.

The aggression was that we would wake up in the morning and decide to work all the questions. We knew one year before school certificate that we were definitely going to get Grade 1, there was nothing stopping us. There were many brilliant old boys, many brilliant classmates and many brilliant junior boys. So, you learnt some humility apart from aggression too because in war, you could get caught. Some junior boys too could teach you a trick or two or something because we had senior boys who were not as bright and we had junior boys who were brighter. And so you learn to respect everybody. Even in Britain, that confidence was like that. When we were doing tutorials, the professor would ask ‘

Olunloyo, what did you get?’

I would say ‘three-quarter.’ He would say, ‘yes, I’ve worked it out, I got three-quarter myself. So we must both be right.’ And the other boys in the class would say ‘either you are both right or you’re both wrong.’ We had a sense of humour. But you had to work through all the problems.

You are famously called ‘mathematician’, what’s the story?

I am an engineer but in the school mathematics was my penchant. There was almost no problem I could not solve. But when I left school, the media would say ‘mathematician’. I had the distinction under the (Obafemi) Awolowo (government) of being given two simultaneous scholarships. One for engineering, one for mathematics and they so indulged me and allowed me to use both scholarships. In the engineering class, I came first and in the mathematics class, I came first in the university. It was a great privilege. I used that of engineering first and they sent me to Scotland where you have a four-year course, I had a dramatic career in St. Andrews. I got there and they said everybody from overseas would start from the first year and I was far ahead of Year One. I told them that I would like to appeal and I gave my reasons. I appealed to the Senate. The Senate turned it down and said I must go to First year, so I devised something. I asked them to give me an exam with seven days’ notice. One in physics, one in chemistry and one in mathematics and that they should decide where I should go from the test results. They agreed to give me the test. In physics, I got 84 upon 100; in chemistry, I got 88 upon 100 and to crown it all; in mathematics, I got 98 upon 100. Sum total 270 over 300, 90 per cent average. At the end of that second year, the Dean took me to the Faculty meeting and said he had brought some good news to the senate. ‘The African man who said he was beyond first year and asked that we allow him go to second year, the second year results are out and he actually came first in the class. We would have wasted his time.’ Then, there were six gold medals: the first year, I got one that year out of two, the second year, I got the two and the third year, I got the two. So I got five gold medals out of six.

The third year, I did honours, in aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, they called me and said they didn’t usually show scripts but I had got 100 per cent; thermodynamics which was the horror of all students all over the world and they had one question- had I learnt it before coming. I said ‘no, you taught me everything here. So I’m very grateful to you’. In drama, I was first and then they did something then, the person who comes first in each university, 26 of them then, they would send the results to the British Association for the Advancement of Science to compare. When they compared, they declared me best overall Engineering student. That price had eluded the university for 11 years out of its 600 years of existence. So when I was going to graduate, by the way, Bolanle Awe and I graduated that day; all the professors, the vice chancellor, students, all their parents, they gathered up, clapped and clapped and clapped once the vice chancellor had announced the result and that they were grateful to me for bringing the British Association Prize back to the University of St. Andrews , the first university in Scotland. I made quite some money. The Mayor of the town wrote a letter to the Dean of the Faculty that he wanted his son to become an engineer and that he wanted the most competent postgraduate student to coach him. That he would pay a handsome sum of money, so I was given a letter to the Mayor. So he employed me, paid me some bags of money and I lived like a king for those three months. And then, his son was deaf, so I would write everything on paper (for him). He later wrote me to thank me that he had passed his exam and that he never understood Calculus before I taught him. That only Archimedes, Newton or Einstein were greater and I thanked him very much for the extravagant encomium. I had an interesting career. The queen invited me to Buckingham Palace ?‘we know that you are one of the people who have justified our coming to Africa… we are grateful to you for making our effort there achieve some spectacular result.’

At what point did you decide to go into politics and why?

When I came back, I wasn’t quite satisfied with Ibadan (UI). I came on January 1 and they promoted me on May 8. That invoked a lot of envy. Then I resigned and went to join University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife) I was the first lecturer appointed by the University of Ife. They denied me that credit because they falsified through conspiracy the history of the university. The first falsification is that they said the university was started in 1962 which is not true, the university was started in 1961. They also lied that the first chancellor was Awolowo, but the first chancellor was not Awolowo, the first chancellor was SLA (Samuel Ladoke Akintola), whoever is the head of government is the chancellor. While I was doing my engineering practical, (popular politician) Adegoke Adelabu came and removed me from my factory in Kent, (United Kingdom) and took me round Ibadan, announcing that I would be the minister when I came back. He actually died before then. If he had not died and I came back, he would have made me a minister. Not long, (Col. Adeyinka) Adebayo made me Commissioner for Education and I had the distinction of being Commissioner for Education two times.

You first became commissioner at 27, what was the experience like?

Now there was a commotion in the Action Group which affected my mind and I was a follower of two politicians in Ibadan who I knew very much. One of them was the first Ibadan lawyer, Mojeed Agbaje. The other man who interested me very much was Lekan Salami of Ogbomoso and Ibadan fame. I took part in the breaking of the door of the Premier’s office, I saw something that was undemocratic. Akintola was the supreme leader, Awolowo left of his own volition without advice to contest the federal election. In the federal election he contested, he had no alliances. Stubborn, aggressive, very hardworking, visionary leader that Awolowo was, he never understood real politics at anytime. In real politics, you have to look at the figures, you have to have allies, there are no permanent friends and no permanent enemies. You must have some allies. Nigeria is too fragmented for you not to have allies. If you’re counting the fingers of someone with nine fingers, you don’t count in the person’s presence and say you ‘so you have nine fingers.’ We had a brilliant man called Akintola who understood real politics. Awolowo believed that book knowledge was so important but he knew better.

A situation arose; Awolowo wanted to ally with the east and Akintola wanted to align with the north. So there was a crisis: Akintola wanted something, Awolowo wanted something. Where we came in is what I will explain to you now. Awolowo had earlier fought at the Jos conference and Akintola said he demanded that the governor call a meeting of the house and call for a vote of no confidence or of confidence. Or alternatively to dissolve the house and call for fresh elections, but they refused. They denied him an ordinary motion for confidence in the house which is undemocratic. You either test a man’s popularity in the house or you dissolve the house and call for fresh elections. They knew they would spend money and Akintola was eloquent. As a result, there was tension and we protested. That was where they picked me.

Were politicians as corrupt then as they are today?

Of course, there was little or none of that. The most important thing is that there was corruption but over one millionth of what it is now.

Then, why do we have so much corruption today?

Corruption manifests itself as an attempt by people to reward themselves when the state doesn’t reward them.

Did you think you would win the governorship election when you defeated late Bola Ige, who was the incumbent governor, to become Oyo State governor in 1983?

Who is Bola Ige, why the question? What is the importance of the question? He was beaten in the election; he agreed he would be beaten. Ask Akande who was the deputy governor. Who is he? I was in government before him, I was in government after him and I was in government with him. When I was in government before him, I was under Majekodunmi. When I was in government with him under the Adebayo government, I was declared by far the best commissioner. So I had had experience operating in government before him. Most importantly, in Oyo state with free education, I had made my name. After Oluwole Awokoya, I’m the second most important Commissioner for Education the state has ever had. Awokoya was the first commissioner for education. That’s the greatest educationist the Western Region has produced. I claim the second. On August 11, 18 and 25 and September 1982 , Bola Ige assessed his government and said it was not likely they would win the election that was coming. They put it in the cabinet book, he signed it, sealed it. First of all, how did Bola Ige become governor? Should he have become governor at all? He did not contest the primary, so he was not selected to be the governor. He didn’t deserve to contest. Where were the primaries of the UPN held? It was held at Oke-Iho and who won it? It was won by S.M. Afolabi of Ire. You understand me now. They came down to Ibadan, the same thing in Ondo, where Omoboriowo won. But Awolowo wanted his old reliable hands to assist him, so he asked Omoboriowo to step down for Ajasin. Bola Ige’s constituency was Ilesha and there was no Action Group there. It was NCNC in Ilesha. Action Group lost all their seats.

Babalakin probe was set up to see whether the election was rigged or not, I encouraged them to set up the probe. Though, they had the most powerful propaganda but we beat them at their game. In my hands were three copies of the Intelligence report. I was the guru of Intelligence. I would know what they would eat in the night, I would know when they sleep with their wives. I put a security ring round them, something that I studied. It went to court and they were badly routed. The result was three for me, none for him and two neutral. Not 3-2. None for him, he lost the case a day before the judgment. So I’m not particularly interested in that question. There were some correspondences between Ige and I that we should settle and become friends again. They assumed he would win, why? He was coming from a non UPN constituency, he was coming from an NCNC place.

The documents are still there in the cabinet book of the Oyo State, the signature of Bola Ige on the prognosis. He was not of the opinion that they would win the election.

Were you disappointed that your government was scuttled by a military coup after about three months of assuming the position?

I was not disappointed. If you see my CV, you will see that I have been Commissioner for Economic Planning and Community Development. I’ve been Commissioner for Special duties. I’ve been Commissioner for Education twice. I’ve been Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and I’ve been governor and then a member of CONFAB. I have no regrets; all I wanted to do was work.

So looking back as a very brilliant student in school, are you pleased with the path you took in life and how it turned out?

Yes, I’m very pleased because I do not believe in knowledge for its own sake. I believe in the application of knowledge to the betterment of mankind. I don’t believe that knowledge itself is anything. Listen to Christiane Amanpour on CNN: Knowledge is power, knowledge is this, knowledge is that. Knowledge should be used for human beings, and I was influenced in that by Adegoke Adelabu. He told me that knowledge should be used to develop the world. I’m quite pleased with myself. After my PhD in the university and the other degrees I got, I taught in (Universities) Ife and Ibadan. What I taught in Ibadan was not what I got my BSc or PhD for. I taught abstract algebra and logic which I learnt on my own which I’m still learning. Sometime in 2010, some students of University of Ibadan met me in the library; I spent six hours there that day. Another time, they met me in the bookshop where I spent three hours. They came to meet me at home to ask if I was still doing mathematics and I said very much. I told them that I was in touch with everything happening in the world of mathematics and that this and that had happened in the last two years. They were amazed and then asked me to come to the university to give them a lecture even though I had left 17 years ago. So I gave the whole school a lecture on mathematics and then they established a chair-Christian Omololu Olunloyo Proletariat Chair of Mathematics.

Has any of your children taken to mathematics the way you did?

Well, not to mathematics but to other things. My daughter who has just been made Special Adviser is an artist; she’s an all-rounder. She was a prize girl in mathematics here and in England, did 11 A Levels, including Spanish and Greek. She does interior decor and so many things as tiny as she is. She did drawing in O Level and A Levels. One member of the family who seems to be the most brilliant was made bed-ridden by the ‘Alli must go riots’. He has been on the sick bed for 34 years. He was just eight years old then. He’s 42 years old now. When Obasanjo saw him sometime back, he wept. But he’s gifted. He’s Akintayo Olunloyo. Then we have an engineer who graduated in 2000 from the University of Ghana with a second class upper. I have one who has a doctorate, though she’s interested in very many things. She’s interested in social networking, she’s interested in criminology. Many people count me as a mathematician in Nigeria but what I used government money for was to study engineering. I’m an engineer, qualified in both civil and mechanical engineering, aeronautics, oil and all these things and I’m a registered engineer, a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, a member of the American Mathematics Society, so I decided to diversify. I ’m not interested in acquiring knowledge for its sake, I think it should be for mankind.

Did you consider who would also have a love for mathematics when you wanted to get married?

My wife was a secretary, my own private secretary and she typed very fast- 120 words per minute. She rose to become a teacher in the civil service training school. But she’s a good mother, somewhat impatient; she cooks well when she’s not angry. Her cooking is best when she’s in Togo, Cotonou and London, there are some ingredients in Togo, they have very good cooking oil there and she uses it very well. She has four sons, three daughters.

One of your colleagues in school, Dr. Lekan Are, described you as exceptionally brilliant. Did you have a social life in school?

Lekan Are was also exceptionally brilliant, he’s my senior in age but we were in the same class. 2,002 persons sat for the entrance exam in 1947, Lekan Are was second out of 2,002.

Yes, we had a social life in school. The most prestigious games in school were football and cricket. I was the leader of the attack of the cricket team and I was regarded as the best schoolboy bowler in Nigeria because I was the opening bowler for my class, house, school and combined colleges of Nigeria. Lekan Are was the leader of the attack in football. He was number 9 and he scored 20 goals in my team and I got 72 wickets in cricket. For the first time in many years, we beat Kings College, Lagos home and away, we beat Igbobi College home and away, we beat Lagos Grammar School, so it was an epochal year for us. Lekan Are had the distinction of having the neatest notebooks in our final year. Some of us had no notebooks; all the things I knew were in my head in mathematics and so on.

Wole Soyinka became so proficient because his father made him write one essay everyday. His father was called S. A. Soyinka so from the S.A, boys started calling him Baba Essay. He gave Soyinka enough paper, one foolscap sheet and he was also interested in drama. I didn’t like biology, drawing birds and frogs and so on, I was not interested. Also, Latin. I liked literature. Soyinka began learning theatre from the age of 9. We had some very brilliant boys in GCI. They admitted only 24 students in a year out of 2,000 so you must be exceptional.

It’s often said that brilliant people have weaknesses like drinking, women and smoking, which are yours?

Everybody has vices. But drinking and women, we were not doing anything like that in school. We were not allowed to be drinking and be touching women. (Turns to his wife beside him and added,) my wife is my witness.

How do you keep busy now?

Plenty of things. (turns to wife again and says he’s asking an important question). I study the music of the world, from all over the world. I was president of music society in my university. I don’t listen to music, I study music and I have perhaps the biggest music library in Ibadan. I have a bigger one than Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Ibadan. I’m up to date in music and they also know me in London, when any music comes out. Also horticulture, I built this garden in 1986, somebody built the house in 1944. I plant flowers, I read books and I like to study music too. So I like to be a moving encyclopaedia or brain box.

What about one of your daughters, Ms. Kemi Olunloyo, who’s seen as controversial. What’s your opinion of her?

Kemi is an independent-minded person and she is not the kind of person you can suppress. She believes what she believes. Some of them may be wrong in other people’s system. For example, in America, she always fought against crime and drugs and all these things. But I like her condemnation of religion- very bold. Where did these churches come from? There are three or four churches that should be wiped out of the Lagos ?

Ibadan expressway. All you have to do is build a barb wire or walls along that express, they were there originally but they cut it. When people were more godly in this country, there weren’t so many churches.

How religious are you? I know your mother was a Muslim while your father was a Christian.

Religious? I’m a good man. I love my fellow human beings and I obey some of the laws of God. Nobody observes the ten as David Cameron says. The ten are very difficult to obey. Religion is an opium of the people.

What do you think about Oyo State politics?

The government, they are not experienced macho politicians but I think they have good intentions and they have been playing out the intentions.

But the whole western region, they have to study Awolowo better. Awolowo had his strengths, he had his weaknesses. Only a mad man would call him perfect but he was the best of his time. If any politician sets out a mission, that mission will go on for years. There are four cardinal principles, but the marks you will give him for education is not the one you will give him for rural development or for agriculture and so on. As a matter of fact, Awolowo placed education as number one and health as number two. In contrast with (Kwame) Nkrumah in Ghana, who placed health as number one and education as number two. As for Oyo State, Ajimobi has transformed the place. We know that anybody who tries to improve the environment will have to demolish the ramshackle out of the environment and so will be regarded more or less as an enemy of the people, demolishing this, demolishing that. But there are many crazy things that have to be demolished and he‘s done that and he shouldn’t just get ten upon ten in one area and get zero upon ten in the remaining. He should concentrate on education, scholarships, human developments and also infrastructure.

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South Africa: Collaboration is Crucial to Address GBV and Disability

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BY GABY SANCHEZ, 2 DECEMBER 2013

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In April 2012, a cell phone video of a teenager with an intellectual disability being gang raped by men and boys from her community in Soweto went viral.

Authorities had no choice but to attend to the 17-year-old's ordeal, so too, South Africans had to acknowledge the violence that so many women and girls with disabilities face on a daily basis.

This was not the first time men had abused the young girl. She had also experienced violence in 2009 and 2010, but authorities failed to address these instances and make arrests.

One wonders whether police would have seen to her case, had her ordeal not been filmed and shared so publicly. Over a year later, the accused still await trial, while charges have been dropped against one of the eight alleged perpetrators.

Although gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa has received much more attention in recent years, it is clear that our society, the media and authorities often ignore and neglect the violence experienced by women and girls with disabilities.

When society does 'acknowledge' issues relating to disability, they are very disturbingly mocked, trivialised and stereotyped.

Society continues to stigmatise individuals with disabilities as infantile and burdensome dependents.

But, what society fails to understand is that the real 'disability' does not lie with an individual's impairment, but rather the attitudes and physical barriers within society. These barriers continue to exclude and discriminate against so many people, hindering their access to basic human rights.

It has become more widely known that women with disabilities are the most vulnerable to abuse and sexual violence, facing double the risk of being survivors of GBV compared to their non-disabled counterparts.

Furthermore, high levels of economic disparity and under-reporting in this country and Southern Africa greatly exacerbate women's vulnerability.

Women and children with disabilities are subject to different forms of abuse in their homes, care facilities and schools - if they are even lucky enough to access education.

Perpetrators are often family members, spouses or caregivers, and in most cases known to the survivors.

Owing to a lack of access to social, medical and legal support, most cases of violence are never reported and inadequately addressed.

We need to empower, educate and support women and children, especially those most vulnerable to violence and sexual abuse.

But, we also need to acknowledge that the 'single-issue' approach to human rights advocacy is ineffective.

A successful and sustainable approach requires an understanding of how other struggles intersect. For instance, high instances of GBV among women with disabilities are directly related to the increasing rates of HIV infection among these women. We need to connect issues of gender, disability, economic equality and access to education to address these problems.

The internationally recognised phrase "Nothing about us, without us", is often thrown around in disability rights circles to remind ablest structures in society to be inclusive of all citizens' needs.

However, this phrase means nothing when so many people with disabilities in leadership positions do not actively and consistently dismantle sexism and implement strategies that will tangibly address rape and abuse on the ground.

We need to stop seeing rape crisis centres, children victim units, women's rights organisations and legal advocacy groups as just charity organisations, but instead as the people at the frontlines trying to mitigate the GBV pandemic.

They work hard to support survivors, educate law enforcement and monitor legal processes to ensure survivors see justice.

However, this immense task cannot be undertaken in isolation without non-governmental organisations stepping outside of their sectors to collaborate with each other, and other medical, legal and governmental departments to ensure an inclusive, effective and sustainable solution.

The media also plays a crucial role in reporting on and educating society about the increased vulnerability that women and girls with disabilities face.

More importantly, they are instrumental in dismantling the discriminatory language and representations that perpetuate stigmas and stereotypes around disability and gender.

All education and awareness campaigns must not only be responsible and inclusive, but the voices and experiences of people with disabilities must inform and determine these strategies.

The common trend of heavily advocating for employment for people with disabilities, without placing equal emphasis on children with disabilities' access to quality education, is counterintuitive and unsustainable.

To realise rights for all, there needs to be a balance. Society must place equal weight on access to education, healthcare, occupational services and protection from violence and abuse.

It is crucial that efforts to address GBV are preventative and not merely reactionary. Our approach to incidents of violence against women and children with disabilities must be both a collaborative and holistic one.

Gaby Sanchez is an inclusive education advocate, independent editorial strategist, and consultant specialising in matters of disability and gender rights.

This article is part of the Gender Links News Service, special series on 16 Days of Activism, providing fresh views on everyday news.

South Africa

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School for the Deaf to close down over Ghc 14,000 rent

GhanaWeb-

The only Technical School for the Deaf in Ghana risk losing their current place of study if a 14,000 Ghana cedis rent fees are not settled by close of this week. JOY News’ Yaa Fosua Gyamfi found out the rent for the Senior High Technical School for the Deaf expired last Friday.

The property and land owners of the school are demanding that the authorities pay all monies owed them or they will forcibly be ejected from the buildings that house both school’s administration work and classrooms.

The school authorities have been previously appealing to the Akuapem Chiefs to plead their case before the landowners, but after many of such interventions the Chiefs have given up.

The 38 years old school is under government subvention but funds to run the facility are hard to come by despite several petitions by the acting headmaster, Nathan Pecku.

With no bus, the physically challenged walk two kilometers from school to their classroom and two kilometers return journey.

The Senior High School for the Deaf has about 200 students with some coming from neighboring country Togo.

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Africa: Focus On Disability - Enabling Full Participation in Science

AllAfrica.com
3 DECEMBER 2013

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Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It's a day of celebration and challenge for the world to consider issues concerning its citizens with impairments. This year's theme is 'Break Barriers, Open Doors - for an inclusive society and development for all'.

A recent SciDev.Net news story reported plans to mentor women in developing countries to increase their participation in science and technology work by providing more funding for qualifications, fellowships and travel to relevant conferences.

If science and technology organisations - all the way from schools and universities to workplaces - adopted a similar approach (with government support) to increase the participation of disabled people of all impairment groups too, it would be highly beneficial.

Not only for disabled people themselves but also because of the diverse knowledge and life experience they would bring to improve the quality of science and technology outputs, such as research findings and technological solutions.

The article outlined a number of factors inhibiting women from progressing in a science career. Disabled people face multiple barriers too.

Education opportunities are largely denied to them - shockingly only two per cent of disabled children are estimated to attend school in developing countries. [1]

This is largely due to multiple layers of discrimination and stigma; from school authorities, teachers, parents of non-disabled children and sometimes parents of disabled children seeking to protect them from abuse in school environments. [2]

Inadequate buildings where research takes place and the ways scientists communicate are other barriers. Steps and small toilet cubicles exclude people in wheelchairs.

Science labs could easily be designed to be fully accessible to physically impaired people. Written and visual briefings present challenges to those with sensory impairments. Technical, jargon-ridden language excludes people with intellectual impairments.

A further barrier is organisational policies preventing disabled people securing science-based jobs. For example, many job descriptions require candidates to be "physically fit and able" - often interpreted by recruiters to exclude disabled people.

The gender issues mentioned in SciDev.Net's report also apply to disabled women, who face the double barriers of disability and gender. I have met many young, disabled women in Africa and Asia who aspire to become scientists but feel they have no prospects or hope of working in the field.

Mentorship programmes could help tackle some of these problems. For example, they could help promote science-focused education for disabled people and, importantly, challenge discriminatory attitudes in the science and technology sector towards them.

Today's event has extra significance in 2013 due to the landmark commitments made at the historic UN High Level Meeting on Disability and Development on 23 September.

State parties were urged to implement disability-inclusive national development strategies in their 'post-2015' agenda work. [3] Including mentoring programmes for disabled people to increase their participation in science and technology work would be a valuable part of that.

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

References

[1] Coe, S. and Wapling, L. Travelling Together: How to include disabled people on the main road of development (World Vision, 2010)

[2] Plan Outside the Circle (Plan, September 2013)

[3] UN High-level meeting of the General Assembly on disability and development (UN, accessed 29 November 2013)

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Jobs scarce for disabled people

Times of Zambia
Posted December 3, 2013 by Diran Chama in Featured
SATA
By CHATULA KAMPO, CLEVER ZULU and ISAAC MUKANDO? -

COPPERBELT Province coordinator for people living with disabilities, Emma Phiri has said unemployment and poverty are still high among disabled people because they have been neglected in society.

Ms Phiri said Government and other stakeholders should empower persons with disabilities with different entrepreneurial skills to prevent them from asking for alms.

She voiced the concerns during commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) held at the Ndola Civic Centre in Ndola yesterday under the theme ‘Breaking Barriers, Open Doors for an Inclusive Society for All’.

At the same function, Ndola District Commissioner Rebby Chanda challenged people living with disabilities to make use of infrastructure in their centres to generate revenue.

Mr Chanda urged the physically challenged to empower themselves with different skills that would add value to national development.

“You can make use of the vast land you have, all you need is to give Government your ideas, we are ready to empower you.

Don’t just sit on your wheelchairs and wait for money,” he said.

President Michael Sata said his administration considered people with disabilities as equal partners in development.

Mr Sata said Government had since increased funding to the Zambia Agency for People with Disabilities (ZAPD) from K 5.5 million in the 2013 Budget to K9 million in the 2014 Budget to ensure that ZAPD repositioned itself to give the much needed services to persons with disabilities.

The President said Government had demonstrated that people with disabilities were equal partners in development by appointing some persons with disabilities to senior Government positions.

He said this during the commemoration of the IDPD at the Showgrounds in Lusaka.

“Your Government has continued involving persons with disabilities in national consultative programmes, policy making processes and Republican constitutional process at the district, provincial and national level,” Mr Sata said in a speech read for him by Labour and Social Security Minister, Fackson Shamenda.

The President also announced that Government, in an effort to create employment among people with disabilities, would grant special incentives to persons with disabilities who engage in business and to business organisations that employ persons with disabilities.

The IDPD chairperson Raphael Kamfwa said he was happy that Government had shown commitment towards including people with disabilities in the development agenda.

In Kitwe, District Association of Persons with Disabilities chairperson Gilbert Mumba said persons with disabilities had continued to suffer discrimination and lower standards of living in the country.

Mr Mumba said persons with disabilities lacked employment opportunities, and assistive devices and services.

They also lack education and grapple with inaccessible infrastructure, he said.

Kitwe District Commissioner Elias Kamanga said Government was aware of the poverty levels among persons with disabilities and had come up with programmes such as the social cash transfer in 50 districts aimed at helping people living with disabilities.

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South Africa: Collaboration Is Crucial to Address GBV and Disability

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BY GABY SANCHEZ, 3 DECEMBER 2013

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Johannesburg - In April 2012, a cell phone video of a teenager with an intellectual disability being gang raped by men and boys from her community in Soweto went viral. Authorities had no choice but to attend to the 17-year-old's ordeal, so too, South Africans had to acknowledge the violence that so many women and girls with disabilities face on a daily basis.

This was not the first time men had abused the young girl. She had also experienced violence in 2009 and 2010, but authorities failed to address these instances and make arrests. One wonders whether police would have seen to her case, had her ordeal not been filmed and shared so publicly. Over a year later, the accused still await trial, while charges have been dropped against one of the eight alleged perpetrators.

Although gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa has received much more attention in recent years, it is clear that our society, the media and authorities often ignore and neglect the violence experienced by women and girls with disabilities. When society does ‘acknowledge' issues relating to disability, they are very disturbingly mocked, trivialised and stereotyped.

Society continues to stigmatise individuals with disabilities as infantile and burdensome dependents. But, what society fails to understand is that the real ‘disability' does not lie with an individual's impairment, but rather the attitudes and physical barriers within society. These barriers continue to exclude and discriminate against so many people, hindering their access to basic human rights.

It has become more widely known that women with disabilities are the most vulnerable to abuse and sexual violence, facing double the risk of being survivors of GBV compared to their non-disabled counterparts. Furthermore, high levels of economic disparity and under-reporting in this country and Southern Africa greatly exacerbate women's vulnerability.

Women and children with disabilities are subject to different forms of abuse in their homes, care facilities and schools - if they are even lucky enough to access education. Perpetrators are often family members, spouses or caregivers, and in most cases known to the survivors. Owing to a lack of access to social, medical and legal support, most cases of violence are never reported and inadequately addressed.

We need to empower, educate and support women and children, especially those most vulnerable to violence and sexual abuse. But, we also need to acknowledge that the ‘single-issue' approach to human rights advocacy is ineffective.

A successful and sustainable approach requires an understanding of how other struggles intersect. For instance, high instances of GBV among women with disabilities are directly related to the increasing rates of HIV infection among these women. We need to connect issues of gender, disability economic equality and access to education to address these problems.

The internationally recognised phrase “Nothing about us, without us”, is often thrown around in disability rights circles to remind ablest structures in society to be inclusive of all citizens' needs. However, this phrase means nothing when so many people with disabilities in leadership positions do not actively and consistently dismantle sexism and implement strategies that will tangibly address rape and abuse on the ground.

We need to stop seeing rape crisis centres, children victim units, women's rights organisations and legal advocacy groups as just charity organisations, but instead as the people at the frontlines trying to mitigate the GBV pandemic. They work hard to support survivors, educate law enforcement and monitor legal processes to ensure survivors see justice.

However, this immense task cannot be undertaken in isolation without non-governmental organisations stepping outside of their sectors to collaborate with each other, and other medical, legal and governmental departments to ensure an inclusive, effective and sustainable solution.

The media also plays a crucial role in reporting on and educating society about the increased vulnerability that women and girls with disabilities face. More importantly, they are instrumental in dismantling the discriminatory language and representations that perpetuate stigmas and stereotypes around disability and gender.

All education and awareness campaigns must not only be responsible and inclusive, but the voices and experiences of people with disabilities must inform and determine these strategies.

The common trend of heavily advocating for employment for people with disabilities, without placing equal emphasis on children with disabilities' access to quality education, is counterintuitive and unsustainable. To realise rights for all, there needs to be a balance. Society must place equal weight on access to education, healthcare, occupational services and protection from violence and abuse.

It is crucial that efforts to address GBV are preventative and not merely reactionary. Our approach to incidents of violence against women and children with disabilities must be both a collaborative and holistic one.

Gaby Sanchez is an inclusive education advocate, independent editorial strategist, and consultant specialising in matters of disability and gender rights. This article is part of the Gender Links News Service, special series on 16 Days of Activism, providing fresh views on everyday news.

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SOMALILAND: Historic Commemoration of the International Day of People with Disability in SL

Somaliland Sun
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 22:13

"It is incumbent upon us all, both collectively and in our personal capacities to acknowledge, respect, support, appreciate and live by the dignity, rights and welfare of the disabled" - President Silanyo

World International People with Disability Day Commemoration in Hargeisa Somaliland

By M.A. Egge

HARGEISA: - (Somalilandsun) - The International Day of People with Disability (ID PwD) marked worldwide was celebrated in the biggest way ever in the country's history yesterday in Somaliland with none other than the President himself H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Mohamud Silanyo at the forefront.

With the epitome of the commemoration witnessed the well attended function at the Civil Service Commission Hall in the city, it reached its climax with the distribution of 28 dune-sand -motors and 150 bicycles for disabled person by the President.

He greeted and joked with the disabled who were of all ages in a visibly hilarious moment.

In an extremely emotional and moving short speech that emitted sincerity and compassion, the Head of State was pragmatic that the government would prioritize issues and policies addressing the needs of the PwD.

In fact the occasion was yet another achievement of one of his promises and pledges given to PwD that his administration would take care of their public welfare and related interests.

"I am quite happy just as we are all quite elated to come together to celebrate this day in honouring the dignity of the people with disabilities", said the President.

He emphasized that, "It is incumbent upon us all, both collectively and in our personal capacities to acknowledge, respect, support, appreciate and live by the dignity, rights and welfare of the disabled".

He said that he would prioritize policies that go in line with the PwD welfare such as public amenities constructed in tune to their needs.

The Head of State was equivocal that consideration would be taken as concerns the health, schooling and employment of PwD.

He noted that regardless of the cause of the disability whether congenital, accidental or as a result of illness, all disabled persons were indeed quite able to be productive in all spheres of lives any other persons.

In fact, he intoned, most of them were veteran freedom fighters.

Surely, the President's tone was indeed so filled with compassion that it promptly evoked soul searching by any given audience.

Several ministries amongst them Hon. Abdillahi Mohammed Dahir Ukuse of Information and Hon. Hersi Ali Haji Hassan of the Presidency were amongst the dignitaries who graced the occasion.

Disability Day, or International Day of People with Disability, is a day that is sanctioned by the United Nations. It commemorated on the 3rd of the twelfth month of every year.

The aim of Disability Day is to encourage a better understanding of people affected by a disability, together with helping to make people more aware of the rights, dignity and welfare of disabled people.

Disability Day was founded in 1992 and is a day that is marked around the world by a variety of events held in many countries. The original name for this day was the International Day of Disabled Persons. The day's origins date back to 1981 and the International Year of Disabled Persons, which was created to improve the lives of disabled people all around the globe, as well as to prevent disabilities from occurring in the first place.

The Day is used for holding discussions, forums and campaigns relating to disability, and communities are encouraged to organize performances in their local area.

These can range from hosting a musical to a play, and disabled people should be involved in these productions. The overall aim is to show that a person with a disability can be a vibrant member of society.

Each year the day is celebrated there is an emphasis on a new aspect related to improving the lives of people living with a disability. In 2012 there was a call to help disabled people live in an inclusive society in every country, and to make sure that society was as accessible as possible for disabled people

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A NATION LIVING WITH DISABILITIES

Times of Swaziland
04/12/2013 08:20:00The editor

What does it mean to be living with a disability? In Swaziland, 30 per cent of all our children are stunted ?impaired in their physical and mental growth. One in four Swazis has their immune system disabled by HIV.

An estimated 200 000 children are classified as Orphaned or Vulnerable; a disadvantage that equates to a social disability. Everyone you meet on the street will talk to you of their ‘challenges’. So what makes people classed as ‘living with a disability’ different from the rest of the population? In truth, we are all living with disabilities of various kinds in this nation. We just seem to care more about the ones we can see than the ones we can’t. And, after all, living with a disability is not the result of a curse - just one kombi accident could put any of the so-called ‘temporarily abled’ into that category.

But it’s not just dangerous roads that result in the most visible ‘ disabilities’, amputations. The Swaziland Diabetic Association estimates that around eight legs are chopped off every month in the nation’s hospitals due to diabetic complications. Diabetes is said to have a role in 80 per cent of the deaths in this country and is creating a whole new generation of people living with disabilities.

Disability

The Deputy Prime Minister’s Office is trying to raise the standard of living of those Swazis labelled as living with a disability. The idea is to give them the same opportunities and lifestyle as any other Swazis (whereas, until now Swazis living with disabilities have often been relegated to the corners of homesteads to await hand-outs from the family). But we are still hampered by our peasant mentality; we see a man with one leg and think ‘he can’t work as strongly in the fields’. Yet, of course, he can. More to the point, he doesn’t need his leg for thinking; which means he can do any job he is trained to do if he is educated.

Education is the key to people getting around any of the challenges they face in life, whether mental, financial or physical. Yet those who need it most receive it least; 89 per cent of children living with disabilities are effectively denied their right to education. This is improving slowly with the introduction of the High School for the Deaf, the training of police officers in sign language and similar initiatives, but progress is slow. Stigma still grips the nation; none of the people living with disabilities who vied for Parliament made it through.

When we talk about inclusiveness - especially education for all - we are talking about every one of us. No one must be left behind in the march of progress. In fact, no one being left behind is the definition of progress. Schools and public areas need to be made friendly for those who live with obvious mental and physical disabilities, just as they are being made friendly to those of us who live with HIV.

We cannot segregate people based on their physical, or even mental, shape. Instead we must do what needs to be done to include all of us, no matter what. Building ramps to public buildings is a start. And the public transport sector can do a lot to accommodate PLWD.
We can’t help what life dishes out to us; but we can help each other to live as fully as possible.

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Disabled call for inclusion in constitution review process

Daily News
DailyNews Online Edition
Published on Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:25

PEOPLE with disability in Zanzibar marked the International Day of People with Disability, with a call for the government to ensure disabled people access public transport and buildings to ease communication.

“We ask the government to improve accessibility. It has always been difficult for us to get services in public buildings. Unfortunately, even government buildings are unfriendly for disabled people,” they said in their message read by Ms Hadaa Khatib Simai.

She said despite repeated calls to the government and members of the public, there has been very slow response. “We are discouraged by the little response to our call,” they said.

Mr Abdulwakil Haji Hafidh, chairperson of the Zanzibar Disabled Council, said at the event, which was held in Dole village in West district, that policymakers and the government needed to review laws in order to protect the rights of people with disabilities.

The guest of honour at the function, Mr Haji Faki Shaali, minister without portfolio, asked people with disability to be patient as the government looked into ways to improve infrastructure and buildings in the Isles so they are accessible to them.

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Sierra Leone: President Koroma Intervenes to Restore Land to Blind School

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President Ernest Bai Koroma has intervened to tilt the balance in favour of disabled persons by ordering the Minister of Lands and Country Planning to validate the claims of the Milton Margai School for the Blind, Deaf and Dumb as legitimate fee simple holders of the disputed land on Wilkinson Road.

The land had been in dispute, but a plea to the president by a tearful Commissioner of the National Commission for People with Disabilities (NCPD), Fredrick J.M. Kamara, seems to have touched the heart of the president, who urged for prompt action to restore the land to the school.

President Koroma based his decision on the fact that the Milton Margai School for the Blind, Deaf and Dumb has occupied the said land since the era of Independence Prime Minister Sir Milton Margai, adding that the land in question was given to the disabled by the State.

"I am instructing the Minister of Lands and Country Planning, Musa Tarawallie, to handover the land to the disabled even if those who claimed the land have legal document," he said.

He also called on the Transport Minister, Leonard Balogun Koroma to provide the Disability Commission with vehicles.

In his statement, Chairman and Chief Commissioner of NCPD, Fredrick J.M. Kamara thanked President Koroma for his relentless support to disabled persons in the country, adding that the establishment of the NCPD and the appointment of disabled minister are clear manifestations that the president cares for the disabled.

Commissioner Kamara said that the intervention of the President meant the school will continue to provide special needs education to disabled persons, being the only school for the blind, deaf and dumb in Freetown.

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第4回アフリカ子ども学研究会 周縁化された子どもたちと教育

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     アフリカ都市における教育環境整備のための住民の
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     ナイジェリア・ラゴスにおける移民「エグン」の
     私立小学校の展開を事例として
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Savelugu School of the Deaf appeals for assistance

Vibe Ghana-

Savelugu School of the Deaf appeals for assistance
December 7, 2013 | Filed under: Latest news | Posted by: VibeGhana

Management of the Savelugu School of the Deaf has appealed to Zoomlion and Jospong Group of Companies to assist in building a fence wall round the school to protect the children.

Madam Gertrude Daasah, the Headmistress of the School, complained that madmen and other intruders entered the school anytime, posing danger to pupils.

Also, because the school has no fence wall, some of the children sometimes disappeared to unknown locations posing problems for school authorities.

She cited an example where recently a female pupil was not found resulting in a search for her and was later found elsewhere. “This can only happen because the school has no fence wall.”

Madam Daasah made the appeal on Wednesday at Savelugu when Zoomlion and Jospong Group of Companies presented rice, cooking oil and cash to the School as part of their annual thanksgiving and prayer sessions.

The donations followed a prayer and thanksgiving service by staff of the company at Savelugu to thank God for His mercies and blessings over the year.

Madam Daasah commended Zoomlion and Jospong Group of Companies for the donations and appealed to them and other benevolent companies and institutions to assist them to build the fence wall.

Mr. Emmanuel Volsuuri, the Northern Regional Manager of Zoomlion, said it was an occasion for them to thank God for bringing them that far and it was also an occasion to prepare towards the coming year.

He said the companies continued to chalk successes and mentioned the commencement of the African Institute of Sanitation and Waste Management and a plastic recycling project as the two most achievable landmarks for the year.

Mr. Volsuuri said very soon a recycling factory would be operational in the Northern Region to collect plastic waste and thus create employment for people.

He said people should change their attitude in waste disposal and urged metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies to enforce bye-laws on sanitation to ensure the environment and the nation was kept clean. GNA

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Tanzania: Those Who Are Hard of Hearing!

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BY SOSTHENES MWITA, 7 DECEMBER 2013

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WORLD Health Organisation (WHO) statistics show that on the average, about 10 out of every 1,000 children are born deaf or develop deafness when they are young.

Four out of the 10 are usually profoundly deaf. About one in every 1,000 children goes deaf at the age of three years. Between the ages of nine and 16 years two in every 1,000 children go deaf. However, I must point out here that the commonest cause of hearing loss is ageing. Seventy-five per cent of people who are deaf are aged over 60 years.

>From 40 years of age, more men than women become hard of hearing. However, among people aged over 80 years, more women than men are deaf or hard of hearing, not because women are more likely to become deaf but because women live much longer.

Now, let us look at hearing and deafness from the scientific point of view. The process of hearing begins when sound waves enter the auditory canal. Just as ripples of water travel across the surface of a pond, sound travels by the successive vibrations of molecules. So, dear readers, my mind is on the effect of deafness in children today. Deaf children are, indeed, quite unfortunate.

Deafness has four categories. It can be mild, moderate, severe or profound. Children with mild deafness have difficulty following speech, mainly in noisy situations. Those with moderate deafness have difficulty following speech without a hearing aid.

Those who are severely deaf rely a lot on lip-reading, even with a hearing aid. So, sign language may be the first or preferred language for deaf children. Hearing aids are available but they are expensive.

Profoundly deaf children understand speech by lipreading and signs made by the speaker using hands, facial contortions or even leg movements. Deafness can cause communication difficulty and children who are deaf may be at risk of physical and social isolation. Children with deafness or partial hearing are at a greater risk of accidents because they may not hear warning alarms and sirens.

In some countries every newborn baby gets a hearing test within 48 hours of birth. In our part of the world this practice is rare. Ordinarily, sound waves do not carry much energy. But when a large number of waves strike the eardrum, it moves back and forth (vibrates) slightly.

Organs called ossicles receive the vibrations from the eardrum and transmit them to an oval window, having amplified them about 20 times. These sound waves or signals can then be detected by the brain. Hearing loss can result from damage or disruption to any part of the hearing system.

Causes can range from wax blocking the ear canal to agerelated changes to the sensory cells of the cochlea or to brain damage. Side-effects of medication and acoustic neuroma can also cause hearing loss in both children and adults. However, common causes of deafness in children include inherited conditions, infection during pregnancy, meningitis, head injury, glue ear and foreign body obstruction.

Excessive exposure to noise is also a source of a particular pattern of hearing loss, contributing to hearing problems for up to 50 per cent of deaf people. So, I must caution parents to make sure they keep their children a discreet distance away from noises that are likely to impair their hearing.

Often people fail to realize the damage they are doing to their ears until it is too late. In some cases hearing gadgets may restore hearing. Cochlear implants often save the situation for some people The ability to communicate is an essential part of living in human society.

Although loud music is often blamed (and MP3 players or Walkmans are said to be storing up an epidemic of deafness in years to come) research has also blamed tractors (for deafness in children of farmers), aircraft noise, gun salutes and even cordless telephones. A recent research has shown that 72 out of 110 users of MP3 players tested in the UK listened to music or rather noise volumes above 85 decibels.

This is dangerous noise. According to the WHO listening to earphones at 85 decibels or more for over an hour at a time can damage hearing. Studies suggest that ageassociated hearing loss can be prevented if ears are protected from loud noises starting even during infancy.

Hospitals are now aware of the problem and are taking steps to ensure that neonatal intensive care units and nurseries are as quiet as possible. Since even listening to city traffic for extended periods can damage hearing, frequent attendance to live or disco music concerts or constant loud music from a stereo are dangerous.

Even prolonged noises for motorcycles can cause gradual hearing loss. Exposure to intense sounds of short duration, such as a mining rock blast, a burst of gunfire, a thunderclap or jet engines at close proximity can result in immediate hearing loss. Parents also need to be aware that some medicines are ototoxic.

They damage any of the elements of hearing. Cancer drugs, especially Cisplatin; and certain antibiotics including streptomycin, kanamycin, and gentamicin, make ears susceptible to a hearing loss. Anyone, especially children, who takes such medicines, should protect his or her ears from loud noise. Let us take a closer look at the sounds that impair children's (or adults') hearing ability.

Jet engines have sound levels exceeding 125 decibels. Jet engine noise goes beyond the threshold of causing pain in the ears. It can also cause complete hearing loss. A thunderclap or nightclub concert music can pack over 120 decibels of noise and can cause permanent hearing loss instantly or gradually if a child (or adult) is exposed to their noises from time to time.

Older children can block their ears with their fingers to shut out dangerous noise. Infants should be protected when close to dangerous noise. Earplugs can come up handy in a noisy situation.

Avoiding infections and exposure to excessive noise reduces the risk of deafness. Technological advances in hearing devices are a good help for those with hearing loss.

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マラウイの学校現場でのインクルーシブ教育への反応

斉藤@AJF事務局です。

先週末、京都の総合地球環境学研究所で開催した第4回アフリカ子ども学研究会
で、マラウイのインクルーシブ教育政策と学校現場の受けとめ方、ナイジェリ
ア・ラゴスにおけるベナンからの移民「エグン」たちによる学校作り・運営、ブ
ルキナファソとニジェール共和国でのコーラン学校の実態という、これまでほと
んどなかった報告を興味深く聞きました。
いずれも中間報告的な内容で、本格的な調査報告が楽しみです。

マラウイの学校現場で、2006年の国連障害者の権利条約採択で国際的にはメイン
ストリームになったインクルーシブ教育が「混乱をもたらす」「学校への
enclosure for allという意味でのEFA」といった形で受け止められているという
報告を聞きながら、35年近く前に関わった、障害児の希望による地域の普通学校
への転校実現運動のことを思い出しました。
本人が肢体不自由児を対象とした養護学校(当時の表現、現在は「特別支援学
校」)ではなく自宅から歩いて5分の普通学校に弟と一緒に通うことを希望し、
親もそのことを望んだことから始まった運動には、盲学校・聾学校・養護学校の
教員たちを含む多数の教員たちが参加していました。
この日、紹介されたマラウイの教員たちの声は、インクルーシブ教育は障害児に
とっても健常児にとっても学力向上につながらないというものでした。一方、報
告者は「マラウイは日本以上にインクルーシブな社会」と繰り返していました。
社会のインクルーシブネスが学校教員、教員養成校の指導者に反映していないと
いう状況に働きかける際に、日本ではどうやって本人たち、親たちが声を上げ始
めたのか、また教員たちがなぜ障害児も普通学校で学ぶのがよいと考えるように
なったのか、について参照してほしいと思いました。
せっかくのコメントの機会に、このように考えたことを整理して言えなかったこ
とが残念です。



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Rwanda: Upgraded Airport Caters for Physically Impaired

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BY JAMES KARUHANGA, 8 DECEMBER 2013

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Work to upgrade Kigali International Airport that started September last year is now 70 per cent complete and facilities for People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) have been put in place, the Ministry of Infrastructure (Mininfra) says.

A statement from Mininfra says that the expansion will make the airport terminal spacious, easing movement for both the able bodied and PLWDs using escalators and lifts.

"The number of check-in counters will be doubled from the current nine to make the queues shorter. Shopping experience will be made more luxurious with more outlets as well as refreshment areas and other services to make the airport a one stop center for both arriving and departing passengers," reads part of the statement.

The upgrade was initiated in response to surging passenger numbers. The number of passengers using the airport is projected to reach 500,000 per year by the end of this year and will reach 600, 00 by end of 2014.

The projections, the ministry says, are made in relation to the increased rate of passengers since 2008 when they were just 280,000.

"KIA was initially built to handle a capacity of 300,000 passengers but upon completion of the upgrade the airport will be able to handle up to 1.5million passengers," reads the ministry's statement.

After completion of an architectural design of the $17.8 project in 2011 by a British company, ROKO Construction Ltd from Uganda, was later contracted. The completion timeframe for the project was set at 15 months since September 2012. The ministry says this target 'will be achieved' looking at the pace of the ongoing works.

It is noted that 350 Rwandans [skilled and unskilled] are employed.

The departure lounge is being enlarged and the baggage area will be installed with an additional conveyor belt machine to increase efficiency of baggage provision.

On the airport's landside, another automated outlet and parking area complete to provide comfortable parking lots for many cars and quick exit to during busy hours.

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Ghana Wins Silver At West Africa Deaf Football Tournament

GhanaWeb

Ghana won the silver medal at the just ended 3rd edition of the West Africa Deaf Football Tournament held in Benin.

Four countries, namely Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana participated in the tourney played on a round-robin basis at the Cotonou Township Stadium.

The team presented their medals to the Minister of Youth and Sports Hon. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah at his office in Accra. Receiving a delegation of 18 players and 7 officials at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, where they presented their medals to him, Hon. Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah congratulated the players for lifting high the flag of Ghana.

He expressed his gratitude to the team for placing second despite their hurried preparations for the tournament. Hon Afriyie-Ankrah said the Ministry would continue to support the various associations in their quest to win laurels for the country adding that it was necessary to highlight such achievements. He requested special prayers from the team for the success of sports in the country as well as the Black Stars and promised to host them to a reception in honour of their feat.

The Chairman of the Ghana Deaf Football Association, and Manager of the Black Wonders, as the team is known, Mr Johnson Mahama Numeri thanked the Minister for his constant support and pledged that his team, with the necessary assistance would continue to win medals for the country.

Mr. Numeri said that the next edition will be hosted by Togo next year and appealed for massive support from the general public and organizations to enable the team win the gold medal in that tourney.

Ghana beat Benin 3-0 and drew 0-0 with Togo before succumbing to Nigeria 1-5 to place second with 4 points.

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Andrew Okaikoi comes to the aid of School for the Deaf

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Andrew Okaikoi

A former chairman of the National Disability Council, Andrew Okaikoi has come to the rescue of the Mampong Senior High Technical School for the Deaf by paying half of the 14 thousand Ghana cedis rent arrears owed the landlords.

Andrew Okaikoi said he was moved by the plight of the students after he watched a Joy News story about the situation in the school.

The owners of the properties which accommodates the school have threatened to throw out the over 200 students and their teachers unless they make good their rent which has been in default for more than two years.

The Ghana Education Service meanwhile is yet to decide on how to support the school.

Al Wahab, a friend to the former chairman of the national disability council made the donation on his behalf.

“We are very disappointed and sad by what we have seen in this school. Is 14,000 Ghana cedis so big enough that student of this school should be evicted? I think we shouldn’t adopt this kind of “speed rump” approach to solving issues in this country. We need to identify such schools in the country and help them” He said.

The Assemblyman for the area, Okraku Oku who witnessed the donation in the presence of the students and staff was grateful for the gesture and urged other corporate institutions to come to the aid of the school.

The school's head prefect, Prince Mocha also expressed gratitude on behalf of the students.

“People are now hearing about our developmental problems. Now we have the hope that we can live in the school. We think in the future, the school will develop” the head prefect said.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service says it is taking steps to address the challenges confronting students of the school.

Deputy Director of Education, Stephen Adu says the GES is still undecided about whether to relocate the school or buy out the property.

“We are looking at all the various options available to us to see which of the options will be very appropriate. So discussions have started and I can assure you that we will work to the letter to ensure that everything comes to an end”

The school is the only one in the country providing secondary and technical training for hearing and speech impaired students.

Besides the challenge of operating from rented classrooms and dormitories that are congested, the lecture halls lack places of convenience and the students and pupils also have to trek some 2 kilometres every day, risking their lives along the busy Aburi Mampong highway for lectures.

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Okaikoi saves Mampong Akwapim School

GhanaWeb

A former National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Candidate for the Okaikoi North Constituency, Mr. Andrew Nii Okakoi, on Thursday prevented the Mapong Akwapim School for the deaf from possible ejection, when he paid an amount of seven thousand cedis (7,000) to offset half of the debt the school owes its landlords.

The school, which is housed in rented premises at Mampong Akuapem in the Eastern region, has been served with an ejection notice as a result of the authorities’ failure to pay a GH14, 000 rent arrears. The school which started in 1957, was the first School built to take care of the deaf and dumb in Ghana.

However, the condition at the school today needs much to be desired. Alhaji Al-Wahab, who presented the money to the school on behalf of Mr. Andrew Okaikoi said, “Service to others is an integral part of Mr. Okaikoi.” He noted that, Mr. Okaikoi was touched by the story of the school hence “his decision to help prevent the innocent students from ejection.”

Any possible closure of this school, he said, will be damaging not for the students but for the country. Mr. Al-Wahab also revealed Mr. Andrew Okaikoi’s intention to help build a toilet facility for the school.

“If these innocent students are trekking 2kilometers to attend natures-call, then we have a serious problem in this country,” he said. Mr. Al-Wahab expressed his profound appreciation towards the efforts the headmaster and staff of the school were putting in for the welfare of students, despite the difficult situation they find themselves.

“We appeal to corporate bodies, philanthropic organizations and individuals to salvage this outfit from its predicament. It is national disgraces to have these innocent children go through this hell,” he said. The Mapong Akwapim School for the deaf, a secondary/technical school survives mainly on government funds and also donations from individuals and corporate bodies.

According to the school authorities, they have arrived at a point where eviction is starring them in the face, due to the late release of funds by the government.

Another pressing issue confronting the school is the lack of computers, making learning and teaching of Information Communication Technology (ICT) for the students and teachers very difficult.

“We have no single computer in this school, in addition to other serious problems we face,” noted Mr. Nathan Pecku, Headmaster of the school. The school, which has students from Nigeria, Togo, La Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Kenya is in a state of despair, as the authorities strive under strenuous conditions to keep it running. It has no toilet facility. At times, teachers have to use their own money to cater for some of the urgent needs of students as they await the government’s subvention.

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1.4 m Kenyans have disability: Report

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-
no comment admin December 9, 2013

A United Nations report released in 2011 indicates that some 1.4 million Kenyans, representing 3.5 percent of the population, have disability.

The report also says there are over 1 billion people who experience disability worldwide.

“This raises concern since the disabled are in most cases marginalized by the society where they are discriminated against, leading to stigmatization” said Professor Peter Wanyande, a member of the Constitutional Implementation Commission (CIC) during the United Nations Day for Persons With Disabilities marked in Busia County.

Professor Wanyande, who is in charge of the western region at the CIC, contends that there is an urgent need to put into place appropriate measures to address the needs of this vulnerable group, especially children and women, who he said are most affected.

“The UN convention for the disabled, which came into force in May 2008, offers state parties a firm foundation that will help step up efforts to enable mainstreaming of issues of disability besides establishing services for people with disability” explained the Professor during the occasion.

Further, says Professor Wanyande, the May 2008 convention provides a legal framework to promote, protect and provide for special needs of the disabled and played a big role in the domestication of the international norms and standards leading to the enactment of the Disability Act 2003 by the Kenyan legislature.

Some of these norms include the use of Braille and sign language and right to suitable employment under the same terms and conditions of employment and the compensation, privileges, benefits, fringe benefits, incentives or allowances as qualified able-bodied employees.

Professor Wanyande says that these provisions have been enshrined in the Kenya Constitution 2010 and further include the provision that employees with disability shall be entitled to exemption from tax on all income accruing from his or her employment while the besides being reserved a five percent of all casual, emergency and contractual positions in employment in the public and private sectors for persons with disability.

The same constitution provides that persons with disability are entitled to a barrier free and disability friendly environment to enable them have access to buildings, roads and other social amenities, and assistive devices and other equipment to promote their mobility.

To facilitate this, adds Professor Wanyande, a proprietor of a public building shall adapt it to suit people with disabilities, for instance by putting up ramps to enable those on wheel chairs access upper floors of the building.

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Zimbabwe: Mr, Miss Deaf Crowned

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BY KUMBIRAYI SHONIWA, 9 DECEMBER 2013

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THE 2013 edition of the Mr and Miss Deaf beauty contest, which was recently held at a colourful event at the Crowne Plaza in Harare, was a huge success.

Graphic designer Marvin Mukuyu won the Mr Deaf Zimbabwe title while the Miss Deaf award went to 27-year-old Shaleen Chidyamukuru from Harare.

Founder and Organiser of the event, Madeline Yohane, believes that the show is necessary in helping deaf people get over stereotypes and realise that disability is not inability.

"The beauty contest is meant to give (deaf people) confidence and raise their self-esteem in a world which rarely tolerates disabled individuals.

"Communication barriers make it difficult for them to express themselves to other people, with teachers not being trained in sign-language finding it hard to teach deaf children in schools, for example," she said.

The concept of the event is to make those with hearing impairments become aware that other people with similar problems can achieve more in life and encourage them to pursue their dreams in life.

2012 Miss Deaf Zimbabwe winner, Kudakwashe Mapeture, managed to get into the world top ten at the international event held in the Czech Republic in July. The local show is held annually and the winners get to represent the country at the Mr/Miss Deaf World pageant in the Czech Republic featuring more than 40 countries from around the world.

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Municipal Assemblies Warned Against Stealing Disability Fund

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By Daily Guide Ghana

disability

THE UPPER EAST Deputy Regional Minister, Daniel Syme, has sent a strong warning to all Municipal and District Assemblies in the region, to desist from utilizing portion of their District Assembly Common Fund, allocated to the welfare of Persons With Disability (PWD).

He charged the various assemblies in the region to show commitment and help in breaking all barriers that hindered PWD from accessing support from the Common Fund.

Mr Syme called on Assemblies to ensure that “the management of the portion of the Common Fund allocated to persons with disability is effectively and transparently done.”

The Deputy Minister was speaking at this year’s International.

Disability Day celebration, organized by the Presbyterian Community-Based Rehabilitation Programme in partnership with the Christian Blind Mission at Sandema in the Builsa District.

He touched on the need to break barriers that hindered the development of PWD, and also urged private building developers and assemblies to ensure that all buildings, especially public offices become disability-friendly to ease the movement of disabled persons, by the end of 2016 as stated in the Disability Act.

The celebration which was under the theme: “Education ? Breaks Barriers, Open Doors For An Inclusive Society And Development For All”, began with a march through the streets of Sandema, amidst singing and drumming, with placards, some of which read, “Respect People With Disability”, “I Can Make A Difference”, “We Can Cause A Change”, “Disability Is Not Inability”.

Some persons with disability who spoke to DAILY GUIDE confirmed, “Most public and private offices are not disability-friendly and the environment does not even treat us in accordance with the Disability Act 715.”

The Chairman of the Upper Presbytery, Rev Esmond Nagba, also told DAILY GUIDE that “the church established the Presbyterian Community-Based Rehabilitation to assist disabled persons in many ways to improve their lives.

The occasion was climaxed with the launch of the New Era Soap produced by the persons with disability under the Community-Based Rehabilitation in Sandema.

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Malawi: Do Not to Lock Up Physically Challenged Children - Mzimba Dem

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BY ZENAK MATEKENYA, 10 DECEMBER 2013

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Mzimba - Mzimba South District Education Manager, Leman Mvula, has urged parents and guardians of physically challenged children not to deny them their right to education. He made the appeal Saturday at Embangweni during an education open day organized by World Alive Church. During the function, an official from FEDOMA (Federation for Disability Organizations in Malawi), revealed that some parents were ill-treat their children simply because they are physically challenged.

"Recently we took some time to assess how physically challenged children are fairing in society and we were shocked. We learnt that some parents were rocking up their children in a house, saying they can't go to school simply because they are physically challenged.

"We also came across a family that used to send a physically challenged child to scare away monkeys from the [crop] fields while the rest of children in the village were at school," complained Ngwira. In response, Mvula described the revelations as shocking and pathetic. He strongly advised parents and guardians never to lock up their disabled children, but assist them to access education instead.

He informed participants at the function that government is training teachers for special needs learners besides other efforts, to ensure smooth access to education for the physically challenged children. "For instance, here in Mzimba, through my office there is funding that goes to Embangweni School for the blind and Ekwendeni School for the deaf," he added.

World Alive is implementing a project in Ekwendeni that aims to encourage pupils, especially girls to remain in school and refrain from the pressure that emanates from culture, especially that of early marriages which has seen 18 forced marriages in the past four months in the area.

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Malisha Da Queen donates food to disabled at Grafton and Hastings

Sierra Express Media
By: SEM on December 10, 2013.

On Wednesday 4th December this year, Madam Mayene Sesay aka Malisha Da Queen who is currently in the country to help the disabled persons visited some of the disabled people in their various camps at Grafton and Hastings where she donated bags of rice, sugar, and some packets of assorted Mega Cola drinks.

She promised that she will continue to assist them from time to time. She encouraged them to always stay happy and to be law abiding people in society.

The disabled people stated that they were overwhelmed with the gesture ass it was the first time that they were getting such assistance from a Sierra Leonean sister.

They said that by eating, drinking and dancing with them they felt love and belonging.

The pleaded with government to assist Madam Mayene Sesay and not to frustrate her efforts.

According to Madam Mayene Sesay she was in the country to join hands with President Ernest Bai Koroma in pushing forward the Agenda for prosperity.

She explained that it is her passion to make disabled people happy. She said they should regard themselves as one family and they should not quarrel among themselves but show love and brotherhood and sisterhood to each other.

She promised that she will be visiting them from time to time as long as she is in the country.

She also informed them of the disabled beauty contest which she said she was going to organize at the Family Kingdom at Aberdeen in April 2014 where she said she would want them to take part.

She explained that the contest is not make profit but to make the disabled people feel lively and also for them to be noticed.

By Cyril H. Smith

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SLAD observes International Day for the Disabled

Sierra Express Media-
By: SEM on December 10, 2013.

The Sierra Leone Action for the Disadvantaged (SLAD) on Tuesday, December 3 this year, observed the International Day for the Disabled in collaboration with their donor partners on the theme, ‘’Break barriers, open doors for inclusive society for all,’’ under the sponsorship of Africell, UNFPA, PLAN-Sierra Leone and CIPED held at the Scripture Union office at Pademba Road in Freetown.

In his statement, the Chairman of the ceremony who is also the Executive Director of SLAD, Mr. Mohamed Aloysius Kamara, noted that the day marked an important day in the life of disabled people in the country and the world over especially when it comes to the welfare of disabled issues like education, health and employment.

He said government should make a platform to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to key issues like health, education and employment.

Mr. Kamara pointed out that since the enactment of the Disability Act in 2007 nothing has been done to seek the welfare of disabled people in the country.

He added that there has been a lot of discrimination against persons with disability in the areas of employment, housing, education, and health care among others.

He noted that disabled persons should not sit back and complain but that they should stand up for their rights by lobbying government to implement the provisions of the Disability Act of 2007.

He thanked the Africell mobile company for their support towards disability issues in the country, while stressing that they are very proud of their contributions to the welfare of disabled persons.

In his comments, the Partnership Manager of Master Peace-Sierra Leone, Mr. Alfred Augustine Kebbie, revealed that SLAD is a very hard working organization that promotes the welfare of disabled persons in the country.

He reiterated that they have been partnership with SLAD for a very long time in their struggle to ensure that the rights of disabled persons are protected and promoted.

He disclosed that Master Peace-Sierra Leone has over the years engaged in peace-building among youths and the Police and engaged in solving land issues at community level.

He revealed that they have recently concluded three-day Boot Camp training for over thirty participants on peace-building.

Mr. Kebbie commended SLAD for its stride to promote disability issues in the country and encouraged disabled persons not to relent in their effort to empower themselves.

In his remarks, the Head of Marketing Events and Sponsorship at Africell, Mr. Arthur B. Kallon, stated that Africell has contributed greatly to the development of country, stressing that they take disability issues very seriously.

He disclosed that they have a very strong relationship with the Milton Margai School of the Blind.

Mr. Kallon explained that as a mobile company they are not just involved in making people communicate but they also give a lot of assistance to deserving causes.

He maintained that Africell is ready to partner with disabled organizations to not only give them financial support but to assist them in other areas as well.

He commended the management of SLAD and said that he hoped they would continue to work together.

In his comments, the Director of Rights Way International, Mr. Mohamed K. Barrie, stated that the disabled persons can play a vital role in society but that in Sierra Leone most disabled persons are discriminated against compared to other parts of the world.

He urged the disable to break the barriers and be inclusive in society.

In his contribution, the Executive Director of Pace-Sierra Leone, Mr. Mohamed Sannoh, said there are a lot of barriers that hinder the potentials of disabled persons in the homes, in educational institutions, in vehicles, in work places, and even in social gatherings.

He disclosed that in the 2014 Budget the issues of disabled persons were not considered.

He stressed that it was to break the barriers against the disabled persons and help them achieve their potentials that this day was set aside.

By Issa Mansaray

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Develop Disability Act work plan

Times of Zambia-
Posted December 10, 2013 by Diran Chama in Local News
By MARTIN NYIRENDA -

GOVERNMENT should develop an annual work plan on the implementation of the new Disability Act Number 6 of 2012 and create employment and education opportunities for persons with disabilities, an expert has advised.

The Act has been amended and Government is in the process of domesticating the United Nation Convention on the rights of disabled persons.

Regional Disability policy analyst for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and inclusive development adviser, Charles Mwape said yesterday that Government should strive to ensure disabled persons had access to health, shelter and education.

Dr Mwape said in a statement that there was need to cultivate coordinated support through a joint steering committee of partners working in Zambia in an effort to improve the lives of persons with disabilities.

“We are calling upon the international community to support the Patriotic Front Government in its efforts to uplift the lives of persons with disabilities, more especially that Government has demonstrated political will by amending the Disability Act and domesticating the United Nations Convention on the rights of the disabled persons which forms the basis on new Disability Act Number 6 of 2012,” he said.

He said Government had further increased funding to the Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities in the 2014 national Budget from K5 million to K9 million, though he observed that it was not enough.

Dr Mwape said the international community partners and Government had the potential to do more in the provision of basic social services to persons with disabilities, which should be encouraged at all costs.

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Rwanda: Tigo Brings Digital Life to Disabled Children

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BY DANIEL S. NTWARI, 10 DECEMBER 2013

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Gatagara School for children with disabilities is now enjoying a digital lifestyle, thanks to Tigo Rwanda donating five computers with one-year Internet connectivity to the Huye-based school in the Southern Province.

Through a partnership with the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), Tigo Rwanda also offered healthcare insurance, twenty cases of text and story books, twenty boxes of chalk, fifteen blackboards, plus toys and play materials for over 150 children. The donation was made to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Manager of Corporate Responsibilities at Tigo Rwanda, Christine Mukundwa, said Tigo was participating in the day as part of its commitment to improving the lives of Rwandans, especially those with special needs.

"Tigo is a responsible company and we are happy to partner with organizations sharing a similar philosophy in this noble cause," she said. "A digital lifestyle will ensure their rights to decent healthcare and will go a long way to reduce the level of discrimination these kids face on a daily basis."

Gatagara School was founded in 1960 with the aim to ensure the right to education and healthcare for children with disabilities is respected.

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http://allafrica.com/stories/201312130568.html




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Airtel Employees Donate To Sweden Ghana Medical Centre

spyghana.com
By Ghana News -SpyGhana.com

Employees of Airtel Ghana has donated funds raised as part of the organization’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month to the Sweden Ghana Medical Centre, a breast cancer organisation based in Ghana.

>From left holding cheque: Public Relations and Marketing Director of the Foundation, Korkor Agboka, Joshua Tetteh, Chief Executive Officer of Sweden Ghana Medical Centre and Human Resource Director of Airtel Ghana, Tina Muparadzi pose with Airtel staff for the presentation. From left holding cheque: Public Relations and Marketing Director of the Foundation, Korkor Agboka, Joshua Tetteh, Chief Executive Officer of Sweden Ghana Medical Centre and Human Resource Director of Airtel Ghana, Tina Muparadzi pose with Airtel staff for the presentation.

The Airtel Ghana Breast Cancer Awareness Month is observed by employees every year as part of its internal Corporate Social Responsibility drive aimed at creating awareness of the condition internally as well as raising monies to support organizations who are spearheading the campaign against breast cancer.

The campaign saw employees of the outfit coming up with innovative ways to raise funds, including the sales of pink souvenirs like hand bands, make up kits, breast cancer badges, cupcakes, note pads, fans among tones of other accessories.

This year’s campaign also had another interesting twist, whereby Airtel Facebook fans were asked to nominate a deserving breast cancer organisation to receive the donation.

One of the fans, Tahiru Mumuni, nominated the Sweden Ghana Medical Centre, a non-governmental institution spearheading the campaign against cancer in Ghana.

Presenting the cheque to the foundation, Human Resource Director of Airtel Ghana, Tina Muparadzi expressed her appreciation to employees for the passion with which they participated in the campaign. She added that this was a small way by which employees of Airtel Ghana were adding their voices to the campaign against the pandemic.

Accepting the donation, Joshua Tetteh, Chief Executive Officer of Sweden Ghana Medical Centre disclosed that many Ghanaians cannot afford cost of medical treatment for cancer, especially those whose condition is detected late. He advocated for people to go for early screening to help with early detection and prevention if possible.

He also called on Ghanaians to donate to the fund so that those who cannot afford treatment can still be cared for with money from the fund.

Public Relations and Marketing Director of the Foundation, Korkor Agboka, thanked Airtel Ghana for the gesture, which she said will go a long way to help pay for some drugs for patients. She advised other organisations to emulate Airtel by coming on board to help in the fight against cancer.

In a related story, Airtel employees last month also donated some items and cash to the state school of the deaf in Ashiaman in the Greater Accra Region.

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http://www.spyghana.com/airtel-employees-donate-sweden-ghana-medical-centre/




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Human Rights Day: UN pays tribute to activists, landmark Vienna Declaration

UN News Centre

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the UN Human Rights Office. Credit: OHCHR

10 December 2013 - Honouring human rights activism, including the legacy of Nelson Mandela, senior UN officials today mark Human Rights Day calling for greater political will and resources to implement laws and standards designed to promote and protect the rights and dignity of all people everywhere.

“Promoting human rights is one of the core purposes of the United Nations, and the Organization has pursued this mission since its founding,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day. “Then, as now, the key to success is the political will of Member States.”

He added that Member States have the primary obligation to protect human rights and prevent violations at a national level, and to stand up when other States fail to live up to their commitments.

This is not always easy, Mr. Ban noted, adding that over the past 20 years, the world has seen genocide and many other appalling and large- scale violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.

The theme for this year’s observance is ‘20 Years Working for Your Rights,’ marking the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Plan of Action, adopted at the World Conference on Human Rights, convened in the Austrian capital in 1993, which crystallized the principle that human rights are universal and committed States to their promotion and protection, for all people regardless of national political, economic and cultural systems.

“The Vienna Declaration should be viewed as a blueprint for a magnificent construction that is still only half built,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said noting also that the Declaration led to the creation of her office known by its acronym OHCHR.

She stressed the importance of modern technologies in transforming the way human rights work is carried out. The Internet, social media and other innovations to improve real-time communications and information-sharing are “magnifying the voice of human rights defenders, shining a light on abuses, and mobilizing support for various causes in many parts of the world.”

They also facilitate human rights violations, the UN official cautioned, noting the use of mass electronic surveillance and data collection, as well as the use of autonomous weapons systems known informally as ‘killer robots’ which pose deeply troubling ethical and legal questions.

Ms. Pillay summarized that at the international level, a huge amount of work remains to be done “to transform human rights from abstract promises to genuine improvement in the daily lives”, particularly among marginalized or excluded groups.

As part of today’s events to mark the Day, OHCHR will honour six recipients of the 2013 Human Rights Prize, an honorary award given to individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding achievement in human rights.

This year’s winners are: Biram Dah Abeid of Mauritania, a son of freed slaves who works to eradicate the practice; Hiljmnijeta Apuk of Kosovo, a campaigner for the rights of people with disproportional restricted growth (short stature); Liisa Kauppinen of Finland, President emeritus of the World Federation of the Deaf; Khadija Ryadi, Former President of the Morocco Association for Human Rights; Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice (the Constitutional Court); and Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban who advocates for education.

Among previous recipients is Nelson Mandela, whom officials lauded in their messages for the Day, and whose legacy is honoured today in an official memorial service in Johannesburg attended by Mr. Ban and more than 90 heads of State and Government.

Mr. Mandela’s work and the spirit of the Human Rights Day are also being marked in South Sudan, where Hilde Johnson, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission there (UNMISS), drew parallels between the fights to end apartheid in South Africa and the political struggles in South Sudan, including the referendum in 2011 on whether the region should remain a part of Sudan or become independent.

“Madiba reconstructed a nation, the new South Africa, and he made sure it was built on respect for human dignity and human rights,” Ms. Johnson said referring to Mr. Mandela by a popular term of endearment. “Make these same principles your Bill of Rights - for all - be your most important building stones.”

The most widespread demand of women and men is perhaps the opportunity to work in dignity, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) said.

Some 20.9 million people were in forced labour during the period between 2002 and 2011, and there are still 168 million children in child labour, according to UN figures. In addition, 870 million workers and their families live in poverty on the $2 per day line, while about 400 million in extreme poverty.

“Decent work, with the right and principles it embraces, is the sustainable route out of poverty,” said Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General. “The creation of decent jobs remains, and will continue to remain, one of the pressing global development priorities.”

The UN agency highlighted that the right to work is a basic human right and its denial puts at risk the lives, freedom, human dignity, security and health of workers or keeps households in conditions of extreme poverty.

Health and human rights are intricately linked, said Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS in his message, highlighting some of the struggles of people with HIV and AIDS.

“We need to protect and respect human rights and be courageous enough to confront society’s wrongs,” he said. “How can the world accept that some people have access to safety and services while others are excluded because of legal and social status, income or sexual orientation?”

“Everyone has equal dignity and value, and everyone deserves the right to health and to life,” he stressed, adding that ending the AIDS epidemic is a matter of human rights.

The Human Rights Day fails in the culmination of the global campaign of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence which begins annually on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, marked on 25 November.

“Accountability, the empowerment of women, and societal transformation, are key factors to challenging the norm of impunity and the lack of effective and sustainable responses for acts of violence against them,” said Rashida Manjoo, Special Rapporteur on violence against women.

In her message, Ms. Manjoo urges Governments to intervene to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, saying that failure of States to respond effectively to such treatment of women and girls is yet another form of violence against them.

In its message for the Day, the International Criminal Court (ICC) expressed its deepest sympathies to all people whose fundamental human rights have been violated, particularly those lining in areas of conflict.

The ICC noted that for the first time in history, victims can now actively participate in the proceedings before the Court and apply for reparations.

Human Rights Day stems from the General Assembly’s adoption the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948. The Declaration sets out a broad range of fundamental human rights and freedoms to which all men and women, everywhere in the world, are entitled, without any distinction. Flip through a photo story of the Declaration’s birth. http://www.un.org/apps/news/photostories_detail.asp?PsID=33

As part of events being held around the world to mark the Day, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is holding in Paris a cultural event showcasing tango, jazz and traditional music and dance.

“To realize freedom and equality in dignity and rights for all women and men, we must do everything to support countries in meeting the Millennium Development Goals by 2015,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in reference to the eight universally approved anti-poverty targets.

At the UN Headquarters in New York, tennis legend Martina Navratilova and NBA basketball player Jason Collins are taking part in a special event on “Sport comes out against Homophobia.”

Meanwhile, in Oslo, Norway, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is today being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.”

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http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=46702&Cr=human+rights&Cr1=#.Uqe0VPRdV8E




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Somaliland: The President Commemorated International Day of People with Disability

UNPO

The people of Somaliland have gathered together to celebrate the International Day of People with Disability and addressed the need to develop policies aimed to improve lives of disabled people. Below is an article published by the Somaliland Sun:
The International Day of People with Disability (ID PwD) marked worldwide was celebrated in the biggest way ever in the country's history yesterday [02-12-2013] in Somaliland with none other than the President himself H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Mohamud Silanyo at the forefront.

With the epitome of the commemoration witnessed the well-attended function at the Civil Service Commission Hall in the city, it reached its climax with the distribution of 28 dune-sand -motors and 150 bicycles for disabled person by the President.

He greeted and joked with the disabled who were of all ages in a visibly hilarious moment.

In an extremely emotional and moving short speech that emitted sincerity and compassion, the Head of State was pragmatic that the government would prioritize issues and policies addressing the needs of the PwD.

In fact the occasion was yet another achievement of one of his promises and pledges given to PwD that his administration would take care of their public welfare and related interests.

"I am quite happy just as we are all quite elated to come together to celebrate this day in honouring the dignity of the people with disabilities", said the President.

He emphasized that, "It is incumbent upon us all, both collectively and in our personal capacities to acknowledge, respect, support, appreciate and live by the dignity, rights and welfare of the disabled".

He said that he would prioritize policies that go in line with the PwD welfare such as public amenities constructed in tune to their needs.

The Head of State was equivocal that consideration would be taken as concerns the health, schooling and employment of PwD.

He noted that regardless of the cause of the disability whether congenital, accidental or as a result of illness, all disabled persons were indeed quite able to be productive in all spheres of lives any other persons.

In fact, he intoned, most of them were veteran freedom fighters.

Surely, the President's tone was indeed so filled with compassion that it promptly evoked soul searching by any given audience.

Several ministries amongst them Hon. Abdillahi Mohammed Dahir Ukuse of Information and Hon. Hersi Ali Haji Hassan of the Presidency were amongst the dignitaries who graced the occasion.

Disability Day, or International Day of People with Disability, is a day that is sanctioned by the United Nations. It commemorated on the 3rd of the twelfth month of every year.

The aim of Disability Day is to encourage a better understanding of people affected by a disability, together with helping to make people more aware of the rights, dignity and welfare of disabled people.

Disability Day was founded in 1992 and is a day that is marked around the world by a variety of events held in many countries. The original name for this day was the International Day of Disabled Persons. The day's origins date back to 1981 and the International Year of Disabled Persons, which was created to improve the lives of disabled people all around the globe, as well as to prevent disabilities from occurring in the first place.

The Day is used for holding discussions, forums and campaigns relating to disability, and communities are encouraged to organize performances in their local area.

These can range from hosting a musical to a play, and disabled people should be involved in these productions. The overall aim is to show that a person with a disability can be a vibrant member of society.

Each year the day is celebrated there is an emphasis on a new aspect related to improving the lives of people living with a disability. In 2012 there was a call to help disabled people live in an inclusive society in every country, and to make sure that society was as accessible as possible for disabled people
- See more at: http://www.unpo.org/article/16681#sthash.jsRxi4AD.dpuf

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http://www.unpo.org/article/16681




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Meet Mr Jacque Joubert: recipient of the National Disability Young Leader Award

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By Ghana News -SpyGhana.com

The Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority (INSETA), in conjunction with the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, hosted the fifth National Disability Awards, on 2 December 2013, in Port Elizabeth. The purpose of the National Disability Awards was to commend the various achievements of people living with disabilities. Able-bodied persons, who have dedicated their efforts to improving the lives of people with disabilities, were also recognized at the awards ceremony.

unnamedMs Sandra Dunn, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of INSETA said, “ We trust that the National Disability Awards, in some small way, contributes towards breaking down barriers, and creating an inclusive society for all.”

“We are pleased to announce, that this year, Mr Jacque Joubert is the winner of the National Disability Young Leader Award for his sporting achievements and is the recipient of a R100 000 bursary sponsored by INSETA. Nominees in this award category are young people living with a disability, between the ages of 18 and 25 years, and who display outstanding potential in their studies and or workplaces; and are poised to achieve great things in business.”

Mr Joubert is a 19 year-old Bachelor of Arts student, at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). He lives with Stargardt disease, the most common form of inherited juvenile macular degeneration. This disease causes the death of photoreceptor cells in the retina and leads to progressive vision loss in the central part of the eye.

Mr Joubert said that he felt overwhelmed when he heard that he had won the award and even started shaking. “I never dreamt I would win such a great amount of money. I have only ever done my work for fun and enjoyment.” Mr Joubert believes that he won the award because of the balance he has been able to obtain between his academic work and sporting career. He participates in judo and athletics and has won a few medals in both national and international competitions. In addition, Mr Joubert coaches children in athletics.

Mr Joubert thanked INSETA for their generous bursary sponsorship and said, “INSETA gives many opportunities to people with disabilities, many opportunities that they would never have dreamed possible. INSETA is changing people’s lives for the better. People living with disabilities have a difficut time, especially those in rural areas; INSETA investing in them makes a huge difference. We would like to thank INSETA for their work. People do not just appreciate money that is given, but most valuable of all to them, is the empathy and enthusiasm that INSETA extends towards them.”

INSETA’s bursary money will be channelled to the sports manager at UJ where Mr Joubert will be a second-year student in 2014. Mr Joubert, together with his parents and the sports manager will discuss the allocation of the money for Mr Joubert’s studies over the next two years. The university has said it shall continue to support Mr Joubert while he studies at their institution. Mr Joubert hopes to do an Honours degree in Sports Science or Biokinetics once he has completed his undergraduate degree. His dream is to pursue his sporting career for the next seven to eight years and says that he does not want to choose between judo and athletics just yet. He adds that he would also like to give back by coaching young athletes in different communities

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.spyghana.com/meet-mr-jacque-joubert-recipient-national-disability-young-leader-award/




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南アのネルソン・マンデラの追悼式典の手話通訳,偽物か?

http://limpingchicken.com/2013/12/10/fake-interpreter-mandela/

http://www.theage.com.au/world/all-signs-suggest-obamas-interpreter-for-the-deaf-was-fake-20131211-2z60s.html

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Mandela-Memorial-interpreter-a-fake-20131211?fb_action_ids=10152411302049409&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_ref=.UqgomFSvUow.like&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B256050657883378%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.recommends%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%22.UqgomFSvUow.like%22%5D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fzRSE_p1Ys

http://www.sabreakingnews.co.za/2013/12/11/outrage-over-sign-language-interpreter-at-madiba-memoria/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/interpreter-for-deaf-at-mandela-memorial-service-was-a-fake-advocates-for-deaf-say/2013/12/11/fc35cc12-628e-11e3-aa81-e1dab1360323_story.html

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-mandela-deaf-20131211,0,3884935.story

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/12/mandela-sign-language-video-memorial-deaf-anc.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/11/mandela-ceremony-interpreter_n_4424423.html

http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/3c87a0004235b148a33bbb3d86b55090/ANC-again-distances-itself-from-interpreter-20131612

http://www.realinterpreter.com/

http://theconversation.com/explainer-what-is-sign-language-21453



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Government is insensitive to our plight - Disabled people in Anambra state cry out

DailyPost Nigeria-
By Joe Chukindi on December 11, 2013

Persons living with disabilities in Anambra State have accused the state government of being insensitive to their plight.

They said they were unhappy that there was no legislation in place to guarantee them equal opportunities with others in the state.

Speaking in Awka during a gathering to mark the 2013 International Day For Persons Living With Disabilities, Miss Ukamaka Nwogbo said that it was a pity that the state government did not place much importance on persons suffering from one form of disability or the other.

She said that deformity was not the end of one’s life and that no matter how bad the situation might seem, there was ability in disability.

According to her, the problem was that physically-challenged persons in the state go through harrowing experience in a bid to access basic things of life.

She maintained that the government was not encouraging them, lamenting that they were being completely relegated to the background because of their conditions.

She further lamented that she was not recognised by the Anambra State government when she won the “Miss Wheel Chair” Anambra state at the Miss Wheel-Chair Nigerian Pageant in Owerri Imo State in 2010, whereas her Abia State counterpart was given a job by the Abia State government.

She noted that in the United States of America, the parliament passed a law called the Disability Discrimination Act to enable persons with disabilities access employment opportunities so long they have the capabilities to execute such assignments.

Nwogbo said the reverse was the case in Nigeria as persons living with disabilities languish in abject penury and squalor as evident in the high rate of alms-begging by many a physically-challenged persons.

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http://dailypost.com.ng/2013/12/11/government-insensitive-plight-disabled-people-anambra-state-cry/




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Disabled not exempt from e-tolls

ITWeb
By Bonnie Tubbs, ITWeb senior journalist.

Johannesburg, 11 Dec 2013

QASA CEO Ari Seirlis says the group will fight to the bitter end for e-toll exemption for the disabled.

Persons with disabilities are not exempt from paying tolls as part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).

These are the words of SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli, who says - although the state-owned agency and government have previously engaged in discussions with the QuadPara Association of SA (QASA) regarding issues faced by people with disabilities - it is misnomer for the group to think they are exempt.

This follows a protest by QASA and fellow disabled individuals last Tuesday, during which the group - apparently under the impression they could register for "exempted e-tags" on the day - picketed and burnt a dilapidated wheelchair outside Sanral's Rivonia customer centre.

In a letter addressed to the South African Disability Alliance (SADA) - a body consisting of 12 national associated entities, including QASA - Alli emphasises that, in terms of the Sanral Act (section 27.1.C), exemptions may only be granted by Sanral in respect of "vehicles of a category and users of the road of a category".

As it stands, according to Sanral, the South African Police Services and the South African National Defence Force are exempt through legislation; and "qualifying commuter public transport operators" receive a 100% discount in certain instances - through a Cabinet directive.

QASA CEO Ari Seirlis says Alli's letter contradicts what the group was told by a Sanral official two weeks before its protest. "Our intention and hope was to get exemption. We believed the appropriate forms would be available." On arrival, the group was told it could register as regular road users and appeal for exemption afterwards, but it turned its back on the suggestion.

Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona says Sanral has always been prepared to listen to the voice of the disabled, but that QASA keeps vacillating between litigation and negotiation. Seirlis, however, disputes this - saying the organisation joined the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance prior to opening up discussions with the roads agency.

No backing down
Despite past battles, says Seirlis, QASA is hopeful a solution will come about - thanks largely, he says, to a call from the MEC of transport's office this week.

"They have asked for patience during this 10-day mourning period [for Nelson Mandela] and said they would like to engage with us to talk about exemption for the disabled."
He says QASA this week applied for exemption for the buses non-profit organisations and members of SADA use to transport the disabled.

"Our request is threefold: we would like e-toll exemption for the buses we use to transport the disabled (not for commercial gain, but for free); and then we would like the same for disabled drivers of their own cars. The last, slightly trickier one, is some kind of e-toll relief for regular road users who give disabled people lifts."
While there is hope, says Seirlis, QASA is resolute it "will not stand down until we have a workable agreement". He says the group will continue to put pressure on the relevant authorities to come up with a fair agreement. "Until that paper is signed, we can't shake hands and put the matter to rest. It's a trust thing."

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http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=69691




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Fake interpreter outrages S African deaf community making a 'total mockery' of language during Mandela's funeral

The Voice of Russia
Screenshot: Youtube

The sign language interpreter hired by the South African government for the memorial for Nelson Mandela was not using universally recognized symbols and made a "total mockery" of the language, the Deaf Association of South Africa said on Wednesday.

"The signs the interpreter used are not used in South African sign language and it is a total mockery of the language," said Bruno Druchen, the national director of the organization.

The interpreter "did not use the established, recognised signs" for Mandela, President Jacob Zuma, former president Thabo Mbeki and South Africa, among other mistakes, said Druchen.

He also noted that the person did not use any facial expressions at the event on Tuesday at the Soweto soccer stadium and that such body language is crucial to understanding the meaning of hand signals.

"The deaf community of this country could not participate in one of the most meaningful days in the history of this country," said Naomi Janse Van Vuuren, a sign language lecturer at Wits University in Johannesburg.

"They also want to share in this celebration of Madiba's life."
"The man on stage used four signs the whole time at the most maybe five. He repeated the same signs all the time. He was definitely not signing what the speaker was saying," Janse van Vuuner said.

"He didn't even know the sign for the Madiba," she added, referencing Mandela's clan name.

"My deaf friends on Facebook are complaining about this, the community is outraged," she said, adding that three members of her department all came to the same conclusion.

The Wits team also concluded the signer was not using British sign language, a widely understood variant.

Government spokesman Phumla Williams said she was looking into the matter.

The Deaf Association of South Africa said the man on stage is not recognized as a professional interpreter and they had no knowledge of who he is.

Janse van Vuuner called for a government investigation into how the person was hired.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_12_11/Fake-interpreter-outrages-S-African-deaf-community-making-a-total-mockery-of-language-during-Mandelas-funeral-7172/




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障害学生への支援:スーダンと日本の共通点と相違点(2013年12月12日)

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コーヒーアワー障害と開発シリーズ第39回
障害学生への支援:スーダンと日本の共通点と相違点(2013年12月12日)
主催:世界銀行東京事務所、障害分野NGO連絡会(JANNET)、日本財団共催

東京外国語大学博士課程に在学中の視覚障害当事者のモハメド・オマル・アブディン氏と、
日本の障害学生の支援団体の代表を務める殿岡翼氏のお二人から、障害学生への支援の実情について、
スーダンと日本についてのお話をしていただきます。

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日時: 2013年12月12日(木)18時30分〜20時00分
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東京都千代田区内幸町2-2-2
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使用言語: 日本語、日本手話、英語 (日英通訳有)
http://www.worldbank.org/ja/events/2013/12/12/seminar-efa-sudan-and-japan

(案内文)
ユネスコ(UNESCO:国連専門機関)の提唱する「万人のための教育(EFA: Education for All)」では、障害者の教育についても万人にアクセスできるようにするべきとしています。また、世界138ヶ国が批准している障害者の権利条約では障害者の教育の平等が謳われています。しかしながら、特に途上国では障害者が不自由なく学習できる制度・環境は十分に整ってはいません。そんな中でも、大学に進学している障害者が開発途上国にはいます。一方、振返ってみると、果たして先進国である日本の状況はどうなのでしょうか?本当に進んでいるのでしょうか?皆様、ご存知ですか?

今回の世界銀行コーヒーアワーでは、スーダンから日本に留学し、東京外国語大学博士課程に在学中の視覚障害当事者のモハメド・オマル・アブディン氏と、日本の障害学生の支援団体の代表を務める殿岡翼氏のお二人をスピーカーにお招きし、障害学生への支援の実情について、スーダンと日本についてのお話をしていただきます。

アブディン氏は、スーダンからの留学生で、視覚障害を持つ障害学生当事者です。単著「わが盲想」(ポプラ社)を著すほど日本語が堪能で、母国スーダンの障害学生を支援するNGO法人スーダン障害者学生を支援する会(CAPEDS)を設立するなど、当事者として、支援者として、多角的な経験と視点をもっています。殿岡氏は、脳性マヒによる全身性の肢体障害をお持ちの障害当事者で、初等から高等教育(大学)までを普通教育で受け、教員免許もお持ちです。現在は、全国障害学生支援センターの代表を務めており、日本の障害学生を支援する活動をされています。

二人の話から、開発途上国特有の障害学生が直面する困難さと、先進国であっても変わらない障害学生が直面する困難さへの理解を深め、どのようなことができるのか、するべきなのか、について、語り合いたいと思います。

障害者の教育の分野で様々な活動を展開しているお二方の経験や見解を伺う有意義な機会ですので、是非奮ってご参加ください。この機会に「障害と開発」について考えてみませんか?

(以上)

過去のコーヒーアワー「障害と開発」シリーズ
http://go.worldbank.org/LGGC2IR3O0


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The Right of Deaf South Africans to Access to Information and Communication

Our airways and print media have over the past few days been inundated with comments and outcries over the quality of sign language interpretation at the national memorial service for former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela on 10 December 2013.

Whilst the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities was at no stage consulted or involved with the logistical arrangements. As per Minister Chabane’s earlier statement, the Presidency has launched an investigation into the procurement of sign language interpreter services at the memorial, and will communicate the outcomes of this investigation once completed.

It should be noted that whilst the breakdown in communication to Deaf persons attending the national memorial service due to the poor quality of interpretation is regretted, mistakes were made whilst the country attempted to uphold the rights of Deaf citizens. Very few countries can claim that they provide Sign Language interpretation when their leaders address their nations. So yes, mistakes were made by the entities procuring the sign language interpreter services.

The Department nonetheless would like to use this opportunity to ensure that this unfortunate incident acts as a catalyst to promote and protect the rights of all South Africans ? also Deaf South Africans ? in honour of Madiba.

Madiba taught us that true freedom only comes about when we liberate both the oppressed and the oppressor. For too long have persons with disabilities fought their struggle for liberation alone.

Chapter 2, Section 16(1) and (2) of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 guarantees freedom of expression and opinion. Section 5(a)(iii) of the Constitution places the responsibility to promote the development, usage and recognition of Sign Language as the first language of deaf South Africans, with the Pan South African Language Board (PANSALB). The Deaf community has been represented on the Board since its inception, and PANSALB employs Deaf persons to help effect the mandate. It is therefore important that we collectively, as a country, take a critical look at ourselves with regards progress made in achieving this Constitutional obligation.

South Africa ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol without reservation in 2007 (http://www.un.org/disabilities).

The Convention obliges States Parties to take specific measures that will promote the rights of persons with disabilities, including the right to equal access to information and communication and freedom of expression and opinion through freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas on an equal basis with others and through all forms of communication of their choice. Such measures could include, among others,

・ the provision of professional sign language interpreters (Article 9);

・ by providing information intended for the general public to persons with disabilities in accessible formats (Article 2);

・ accepting and facilitating the use of sign languages (Article 21);

・ recognising and supporting specific cultural and linguistic identity, including sign languages and Deaf culture.

The deaf community voiced concern that government measures to date have been inadequate for any significant promotion of the linguistic identity of Deaf persons during the compilation of the baseline Country Report on the Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Many Deaf learners in special schools are not taught in sign language due to the lack of sign language skills of educators. Many Deaf children are not attending school due to the lack of Sign Language medium schools closer to home. The majority of Deaf South Africans therefore speaks a variety of sign language dialects, often not understood by formally trained SASL interpreters. The current outrage over the quality of sign language interpretation at the memorial service is therefore an everyday experience for the majority of Deaf South Africans, even when qualified interpreters are available.

There is currently only 7 SASL interpreters accredited with the South African Translators Institute (SATI), and the challenges brought about by the lack of a universal South African Sign Language and disunity within the Deaf sector, are further delaying progress in accrediting many of the interpreters trained at universities as well as through organisations such as Sign Language Education and Development (SLED).

It is important to note that these accredited SASL interpreters are not necessarily proficient in all the eleven official languages, and the quality of interpreting from a language one is not fully proficient in, to SASL, is therefore also compromised.

The Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities shares these concerns, and are working with relevant government departments, public entities and national representative organisations of Deaf persons to accelerate the agenda for full recognition of South African Sign Language (SASL) as a twelfth official language, a national accreditation system for South African Sign Language interpreters, and the development of South African Sign Language.

The finalisation of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements for South African Sign Language, Grades R to 12 by the Department of Basic Education for implementation in 2014 is an important step in our national effort to give effect to our commitment to uphold the rights of Deaf South Africans.

Let this incident rally the country as a whole around collectively fighting for the rights of persons with disabilities in general, and the full recognition of South African Sign Language as a twelfth official language in particular.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.gov.za/speeches/view.php?sid=42693




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Malaysian deaf community gives thumbs down to fake sign language interpreter

The Star Online

Published: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 8:49:00 PM Updated: Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 9:51:56 PM

BY RASHVINJEET S. BEDI AND T. AVINESHWARAN

Screenshot of Thamsanqa Jantjie fake signing his way through the ceremony.

PETALING JAYA: The deaf community in Malaysia have slammed the fake sign language interpreter at the memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela, calling his actions disappointing and disrespectful.

The sign language interpreter at Tuesday's memorial service, who was later identified as Thamsanqa Jantjie, caused an uproar after he was exposed as a fake.

Student Farhan Kamarzaman, 23, who is hearing impaired, learnt of the incident via social media, said he was shocked that Jantjie was even hired.

"When I looked at the video, it was so obvious it wasn’t sign language. It was like monkey language," he told The Star Online.

He explained that all countries have their own version of sign language but Jantjie's gestures were obviously fake to those who could sign.

"It’s easy to spot. I didn’t see any facial expressions, body language and movement," he said.

Adrienne Goh, am interpreter attached to the Malaysian Federation of the Deaf (MFD) said Jantjie's actions were disrespectful to the profession.

"The profession has been downgraded and has become a laughing stock for many," he said.

Advocate for the deaf Anthony Chong said it was disgusting to see the fake interpreter make a mockery of himself by pretending to know how to sign.

He said with speech, mocking tones can be identified, but the incident would not be obvious to those who did not know sign language.

Chong, who majored in deaf studies at Gallaudet University, Washington D. C., said he had met his fair share of frauds.

"I've met some who beg for money pretending to be deaf.

He described one instance where a man had written a message saying he was deaf.

"When I told him that I could speak to him in sign language, he ran away!" said Anthony.

Anthony said the South African government was negligent for appointing a fake for such a high-profile event.

"Why didn’t the government do a background check? They could have contacted their deaf association to find out if he was genuine.

"I am truly sorry for the government because they were fooled," said the 31-year-old.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/12/12/Msian-deaf-slam-fake-signer.aspx




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Deaf interpreter’s reference company ‘does not exist’

Sowetan
2013/12/12 | BONGIWE SITHOLE | 101 COMMENTS
Fake interpreter also gave 'sham' reference.

Thamsanqa Jantjies the so called ‘interpreter’ at the memorial service of former statesman Nelson Mandela was exposed by Deaf SA for being a pretense sign language interpreter.

It became news across the world how the man who had been delegated to represent deaf people gesticulated gibberish in front of millions of viewers at the dignified memorial of Madiba.

The fake interpreters name was revealed yesterday and it has also been discovered that he gave a fake reference according to Deaf SA.

National South Africa language interpreter at Deaf SA, Delphin Hlungwane says the interpreter’s work reference is not creditable anywhere.

“Thamsanqa said he was hired by a company called ‘Interpreters SA’ and that company does not exist, we even googled and found nothing.”

“It was upsetting for Deaf SA because deaf people did not have access to the memorial,” she added.

“SA deaf people were denied from being part of the memorial and other countries did not have an interpreter, it was disrespectful for the deaf,
” she said.

“He was not translating from any recognizable language.”

Hlungwane says even if the fake interpreter was translating in African languages it would have been picked up.

“All languages have a gramma structure that can be understood. Although SA does not have a specific interpreter, they needed to get someone professional, well trained with years of experience from a recognizable company. This was just an embarrassment,” she says.
Hlungwane says they are uncertain about the ‘serious action’ that will be taken against Jantjies.

Sowetan Live tried to get a hold of Jantjies, however his phone led us to voicemail several times.

It was not the first time that Janties translated; he has interpreted at South Africa’s biggest events including the late stalwart Albertina Sisulu’s funeral.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/2013/12/12/deaf-interpreters-reference-company-does-not-exist




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Fake' interpreter for deaf at Mandela's funeral made up his own signs

IBNLive-
Associated Press
Dec 12, 2013 at 10:26am IST

Johannesburg: As one world leader after another paid homage to Nelson Mandela at a memorial service, the man standing at arm's length from them appeared to interpret their words in sign language. But advocates for the deaf say he was a faker.

The incident, which outraged deaf people and sign-language interpreters watching the service broadcast around the globe, raised questions of how the unidentified man managed to crash a supposedly secure event attended by scores of heads of state, including President Barack Obama.

It also was another example of the problems plaguing Tuesday's memorial, including public transportation breakdowns that hindered mourners going to the soccer stadium and a faulty audio system that made the speeches inaudible for many. Police also failed to search the first wave of crowds who rushed into the stadium after the gates were opened just after dawn.

Watch: 'Fake' interpreter for deaf at Nelson Mandela's funeral made up his own sign language The incident outraged deaf people and sign-language interpreters watching the service broadcast around the globe.

The man, who stood about a yard (one meter) from Obama and other leaders, "was moving his hands around, but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for," Bruno Druchen, national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa, told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

When South African Deputy President Cyril Rampaphosa told the crowd that former South African President F.W. de Klerk was among the guests, the man at his side used a strange pushing motion unknown in sign language that did not identify de Klerk or say anything about his presence, said Ingrid Parkin, principal of the St. Vincent School for the Deaf in Johannesburg.

The closest the man's gestures came to anything in sign language at that point might possibly be the words for "running horse," "friend" or "beyond," she said, but only by someone who signs terribly.

The man also used virtually no facial expressions to convey the often- emotional speeches, an absolute must for sign-language interpreters, Parkin said.

Collins Chabane, one of South Africa's two presidency ministers, said the government is investigating "alleged incorrect use of sign language at the National Memorial Service," but has not finished because it has been overwhelmed with organizing the public viewing of Mandela's body in Pretoria and his funeral Sunday in his hometown of Qunu. He did not identify the man, but said the "government will report publicly on any information it may establish."
US Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said in response to an emailed question by the AP that "agreed-upon security measures between the US Secret Service and South African government security officials were in place" during the service.

"Program items such as stage participants or sign-language interpreters were the responsibility of the host organizing committee," Donovan added.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest added: "It's a shame that ... a service that was dedicated to honoring the life and celebrating the legacy of one of the great leaders of the 20th century has gotten distracted by this and a couple of other issues that are far less important than the legacy of Nelson Mandela."
Four experts, including Druchen and Parkin, told the AP the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages and could not have been signing in any other known sign language because there was no structure to his arm and hand movements. South African sign language covers all of the country's 11 official languages, according to the federation.

"This man himself knows he cannot sign and he had the guts to stand on an international stage and do that," Parkin said. "It's absolutely impossible that he is any kind of interpreter. Or a language person at all, because he's not even using a language there."
Nicole Du Toit, a sign-language interpreter who also watched the broadcast, said in a telephone interview that the man was an embarrassment for South Africa.

"It was horrible, an absolute circus, really, really bad," she said. "Only he can understand those gestures."
The man also did sign interpretation at an event last year that was attended by South African President Jacob Zuma, Druchen said. At that appearance, a deaf person in the audience videotaped the event and gave it to the deaf federation, which analyzed the video, prepared a report and submitted a formal complaint to the governing African National Congress party, Druchen said.

In the complaint, the federation suggested the man should take the five years of training needed to become a qualified sign language interpreter in South Africa. But the ANC never responded, Druchen said.

A new complaint will be filed to the ANC with a demand for an urgent meeting, he said. The federation did not know the man's identity.

"We want to make a statement that this is a warning to other sign-language interpreters who are fake and go about interpreting," Druchen said. "I am hoping the South African government will take notice of this."
ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu declined comment.

Bogus sign-language interpreters are a problem in South Africa because people who know some signs - frequently because they have deaf relatives - try to pass themselves off as interpreters, Parkin said. And those contracting them usually don't know how to sign, so they have no idea the people they are hiring cannot do the job, she said.

"They advertise themselves as interpreters because they know 10 signs and they can make some quick money," Parkin said. "It is plain and simple abuse of the deaf community. They are taking advantage of the deaf community to make money.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/fake-interpreter-for-deaf-at-mandelas-funeral-made-up-his-own-signs/439117-79.html




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Interpreter for deaf at Nelson Mandela event called fake

Khaleej Times
(AP) / 12 December 2013

South African deaf community accused the interpreter at Mandela's memorial of being a fake, who had merely flapped his arms around during speeches. In these combination pictures taken on December 10, 2013 US President Barack Obama delivers a speech next to a sign language interpreter (R) during the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.

South African deaf community accused the sign language interpreter at Mandela's memorial of being a fake, who had merely flapped his arms around during speeches.

The sign-language interpreter on stage at Nelson Mandela’s globally broadcast memorial service was a faker who was waving his arms around meaninglessly, advocates for the deaf said on Wednesday.

The allegation raised questions of how and why he managed to insert himself into a supposedly secure event attended by scores of heads of state, including United States President Barack Obama.

As one world leader after another took the stage in a gigantic soccer stadium to pay homage to Mandela, the man at arm’s reach from them appeared to interpret for the deaf at the hours’ long memorial so the world’s deaf population could understand the historic event.

The allegation of the use of a bogus sign interpreter was yet another example of bad organisation at the service on Tuesday. Other problems included breakdowns in public transportation that hindered mourners from getting to the soccer stadium and a faulty audio system made the remarks of world leaders inaudible for many. Police also failed to search the first wave of crowds who rushed inside the stadium after authorities opened the gates just after dawn.

The unidentified man, who stood about one yard (one meter) from Obama and other leaders, “was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for,” Bruno Druchen, the deaf federation’s national director, told The Associated Press.

When South African Deputy President Cyril Rampaphosa told the crowd that former South African President F.W. de Klerk was among the guests in a VIP section, the man at his side used a strange pushing motion unknown in sign language that did not identify de Klerk or say anything about his presence in the stadium, said Ingrid Parkin, principal of the St. Vincent School for the Deaf in Johannesburg.

The closest the man’s gestures at that point came to anything in sign language might possibly be the words for “running horse,” “friend” or “beyond,” she said, but only by someone who signs terribly. The man also used virtually no facial expressions to convey the often emotional speeches of the leader, an absolute must for sign language interpreters, Parkin said.

Collins Chabane, one of South Africa’s two presidency ministers, told reporters the government is investigating “alleged incorrect use of sign language at the National Memorial Service” but has not finished because it has been overwhelmed with work organising public viewing of Mandela’s body in the South African capital of Pretoria and his funeral Sunday in his hometown of Qunu. He did not identify the man but added the “government will report publicly on any information it may establish.”

Four sign language experts, including Druchen and Parkin, told the AP the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages and could not have been signing in any other known sign language because there was no structure to his arm and hand movements. South African sign language covers all of the country’s 11 official languages, according to the federation.

Outraged deaf people and sign language interpreters from Canada to China have complained about the man, Parkin said.

“This man himself knows he cannot sign and he had the guts to stand on an international stage and do that,” Parkin said. “”It’s absolutely impossible that he is any kind of interpreter. Or a language person at all, because he’s not even using a language there.”

Nicole Du Toit, an official sign language interpreter who also watched the broadcast, said in a telephone interview that the man was an embarrassment for South Africa.

“It was horrible, an absolute circus, really, really bad,” she said. “Only he can understand those gestures.”

The man also did sign interpretation at an event last year that was attended by South African President Jacob Zuma, Druchen said. At that appearance, a deaf person in the audience videotaped the event and gave it to the Deaf Federation of South Africa. The federation analyzed the video, prepared a report about it and a submitted a formal complaint to the governing African National Congress party, Druchen said.

In their complaint, the federation suggested that the man should take the five years of training needed to become a qualified sign language interpreter in South Africa. But the ANC never responded, Druchen said.

Druchen said a fresh complaint will be filed to the ANC with a demand for an urgent meeting. The federation does not know the identity of the man.

“We want to make a statement that this is a warning to other sign language interpreters who are fake and go about interpreting,” Druchen said. “I am hoping the South African government will take notice of this.”

ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu declined comment.

Bogus sign language interpreters are a problem in South Africa because people who know some signs, frequently because they have deaf relatives, try to pass themselves off as interpreters, said Parkin, the principal of the school for the deaf. And those contracting them usually don’t know how to sign, so they have no idea that the people they are hiring cannot do the job, she said.

“They advertise themselves as interpreters because they know 10 signs and they can make some quick money,” said Parkin. “It is plain and simple abuse of the deaf community, they are taking advantage of the deaf community to make money.”

In Washington, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he was unaware of any security concerns related to the fake interpreter. Responding to questions, Earnest said: “It’s a shame that ... a service that was dedicated to honoring the life and celebrating the legacy of one of the great leaders of the 20th century has gotten distracted by this and a couple of other issues that are far less important than the legacy of Nelson Mandela.”

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/international/2013/December/international_December355.xml§ion=international




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Fake' interpreter at Mandela ceremony says he was hallucinating, saw angels

Hindustan Times
AP
Johannesburg, December 12, 2013

First Published: 13:12 IST(12/12/2013)
Last Updated: 19:56 IST(12/12/2013)
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The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like US President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela's memorial service said on Thursday he hallucinated that angels were entering the stadium, suffers from schizophrenia and has been violent in the related stories Mandela ceremony sign language interpreter was fake, claim experts past.
Thamsanqa Jantjie said in a 45-minute interview with The Associated Press that his hallucinations began while he was interpreting and that he tried not to panic because there were "armed policemen around". He added that he was once hospitalised in a mental health facility for more than one year.

A South African deputy Cabinet minister, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, later held a news conference to announce that "a mistake happened" in the hiring of Jantjie.

Government officials have tried to track down the company that provided Thamsanqa Jantjie but the owners "have vanished into thin air", said deputy minister of women, children and people with disabilities Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu.

In this picture taken on December 10, 2013 US President Barack Obama delivers a speech next to a sign language interpreter (R) during the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. AFP photo
She apologised to deaf people offended around the world for Jantjie's incomprehensible signing, and said an investigation is under way to determine how Jantjie was hired and what vetting process, if any, he underwent for his security clearance.

The deputy minister said the translation company offered sub-standard services, the rate they paid the translator was far below the normal levels and that in order to maintain the interpreter's concentration level, interpreters must be switched every 20 minutes. Jantjie was on the stage for the entire service that lasted more than three hours.

She declined to say who in South Africa's government was responsible for contracting the company that provided the translator, or how those rules could be flouted.

"It's an interdepartmental responsibility," she said. "We are trying to establish what happened."

Jantjie, who stood gesticulating three-feet (1 meter) from Obama and others who spoke at Tuesday's ceremony that was broadcast around the world, insisted in the AP interview that he was doing proper sign-language interpretation of the speeches of world leaders.

But he also apologised for his performance that has been dismissed by many sign-language experts as gibberish.

"I would like to tell everybody that if I've offended anyone, please, forgive me," Jantjie said. "But what I was doing, I was doing what I believe is my calling, I was doing what I believe makes a difference."

The statements by Jantjie raise serious security issues for Obama, other heads of state and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who made speeches at FNB Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg's black township. The ceremony honored Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon and former president who died on December 5. Many of them, including Obama, stood one yard (meter) away from Jantjie.

"What happened that day, I see angels come to the stadium ... I start realizing that the problem is here. And the problem, I don't know the attack of this problem, how will it comes. Sometimes I react violent on that place. Sometimes I will see things that chase me," Jantjie said.

"I was in a very difficult position," he added. "And remember those people, the president and everyone, they were armed, there was armed police around me. If I start panicking I'll start being a problem. I have to deal with this in a manner so that I mustn't embarrass my country."

Asked how often he had become violent, he said "a lot" while declining to provide details.

Jantjie said he was due on the day of the ceremony to get a regular six-month mental health checkup to determine whether the medication he takes was working, whether it needed to be changed or whether he needed to be kept at a mental health facility for treatment.

He said he did not tell the company that contracted him for the event for about $85 that he was due for the checkup, but said the owner of SA Interpreters in Johannesburg was aware of his condition.

AP journalists who visited the address of the company that Jantjie provided found a different company there, whose managers said they knew nothing about SA Interpreters. A woman answered the phone at a number that Jantjie provided and said it was not for the company, and another phone number went to a voicemail that did not identify the person or company with the number.

Jantjie said he received one year of sign language interpretation at a school in Cape Town. He said he has previously interpreted at many events without anyone complaining.

The AP showed Jantjie video footage of him interpreting on stage at the Mandela memorial service.

"I don't remember any of this at all," he said.

The controversy has overshadowed South Africa's 10-day farewell to Mandela, whose remains were lying in state for a second day on Thursday at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where he was sworn in as the nation's first black president in 1994.

Revelations about Jantjie's unconventional gestures - experts said he did not know even basic signs such as 'thank you' or 'Mandela' - sparked a hunt for the mystery mimer on Wednesday.

The government, which was in charge of the mass memorial, said it had no idea who he was, as did the ruling African National Congress (ANC), even though footage from two large ANC events last year showed him signing on stage next to Zuma.

Jantjie said he worked for a company called SA Interpreters which had been hired by the ANC for Tuesday's ceremony at Johannesburg's 95,000-seat Soccer City stadium.

"Absolutely. That's what happened," he told the radio. The death of Nobel peace laureate Mandela triggered an outpouring of grief and emotion - as well as celebration and thanksgiving - among his 53 million countrymen and millions more around the world.

His body will lay in state for a third day on Friday before being flown to the Eastern Cape, where it will be buried on Sunday at his ancestral home in Qunu, 700 km (450 miles) south of Johannesburg.

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【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/fake-interpreter-at-mandela-ceremony-says-he-was-hallucinating-saw-angels/article1-1161783.aspx




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Deaf Hollywood actress reacts in shock to 'fake' interpreter

Yahoo South Africa-

Channel24 - Thu, Dec 12, 2013 8:18 AM SAST

Cape Town - It’s been making headlines throughout the world and has caused outrage in the deaf community.

As leaders and heads of state from around the world eulogised the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela at a memorial service in Johannesburg on Tuesday, a man standing just a couple of feet away, who was supposed to be translating the speeches into sign language, was instead making a repetitive series of completely meaningless gestures with his hands.

Dubbed Fake-Sign-Language Man the interpreter has shamed South Africa at a time when the whole country is in mourning.

Experts revealed that Fake-Sign-Language Man wasn’t doing any real interpreting at all but was rather “just waving his arms around”.
CNN approached Oscar-winning deaf actress Marlee Matlin to ask what her thoughts were when she first saw the man on TV.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://za.omg.yahoo.com/news/deaf-hollywood-actress-reacts-shock-39-fake-39-061851269.html




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Ghana: Airtel Rescue Akropong School for the Deaf

AllAfrica.com
12 DECEMBER 2013

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Airtel Ghana, a telecommunications network in the country on Tuesday paid off the GH¢14,000.00 outstanding rent debt owed by the Akropong Senior High Technical School (ASHTS) for the Deaf.

The telecommunication network also paid an amount of GH¢ 4,800.00 as a one year rent due the school.

In addition to the payments, the company also donated a 15 KVA generator valued at $ 9,000.00 to provide a 24 hour electricity supply for the school.

Mr. Donald Gwira, Head of Corporate Communications, Airtel Ghana who made the donation, said it was part of the company's social responsibilities to respond to the needs of the less privileged in society.

He noted that the company took the initiative after hearing news about impending closure of the school.

'We heard the news about closure of the school with heavy hearts, we were touched by the plight and wanted to show commitment to a deserving cause by giving back to the community at large and the children in particular,' he said.

Mr. Gwira added that the donation was done in a significant way that would touch lives and benefit people of the area as well as generations to come.

He disclosed that the company was especially interested in education, which they believed was the backbone of every country's economy, hence assisting the school and the students who were the human capacity of the country.

Mr. Nathan Pecku Headmaster of ASHTS, who received the items thanked Airtel Ghana for their support and appealed to other corporate bodies to emulate their kind gesture and support the school to meet its needs.

He expressed happiness at the speedy response to the distressed call. Nana Apeadu Bedio II, Senaahene of Aburi and PTA Chairman of the school expressed his gratitude towards Airtel Ghana and tasked them to adopt. He advised the students to make proper use of all the facilities. GNA

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Minister apologises to deaf community

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ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa lead proceedings at FNB Stadium, with a sign language interpreter next to him on 10 December 2013. Picture: Picture: supplied.
ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa lead proceedings at FNB Stadium, with a sign language interpreter next to him on 10 December 2013. Picture: Picture: supplied.

Gia Nicolaides | 3 days ago

JOHANNESBURG - Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile has apologised to the deaf community after an interpreter used incorrect sign language at Nelson Mandela's memorial service at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday.

In a statement issued this morning, the minister says no one should be allowed to undermine the languages of South Africa.

He has apologised for any offence that may have been suffered.

The interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie says he suffered a schizophrenic episode and hallucinations at the event and was overwhelmed.

Meanwhile, the United States Secret Service says it was solely up to South African authorities to vet those involved in Mandela's memorial service after security concerns were raised following Jantjie's admission.

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There seems to be much confusion regarding Jantjie and the organisation he is affiliated to.

Tuesday’s incident with Jantjie sparked outrage and embarrassment among members of the local and international deaf communities.

Earlier on Thursday, Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu came out in strong support of Jantjie.

She said nobody had the right to call him a fake.

Bogopane-Zulu said Jantjie received proper training and was subscribed to a group called South African Translators Organisation.

But South African Translators' Institute chairperson Johan Blaauw says no such organisation exists.

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Zambia Invited for First Deaf Africa Cup

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BY SANDRA MWILA, 13 DECEMBER 2013

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THE Zambia Sports Association of the Deaf (ZSAD) has been invited for the first-ever African Cup of Nations next year which has been organised by the Confederation of Africa Deaf Sports (CADS).

Zambia will be among 16 countries to participate in the event to be staged in Abidjan, Ivory Coast from October 4 to 25.

The participating countries are Algeria, Cameroun, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Zambia and host Ivory coast.

Zambia has been drawn in Group D alongside Kenya, Guinea and Ghana.

Group A comprises Ivory Coast, Gambia, Mali and Egypt while Niger, Liberia, Libya and Cameroun are placed in Group B with Group C having Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Algeria.

ZSAD has since appealed to the corporate world and individuals to come to their aid in sponsoring the team to the continental sporting event.

The association needs to be assisted with air tickets, fees to pay CADS membership, accommodation and insurance for 31 players and officials who are expected to travel.

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More schools for handicapped needed - Bishop Kakooza

New Vision-
Publish Date: Dec 13, 2013

Bishop Christopher Kakooza was at Mulago School for the Deaf. PHOTO/

Juliet Lukwago
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By Juliet Lukwago

Kampala Archdiocese Auxiliary Bishop, Christopher Kakooza has asked government to build more schools for people with disabilities (PWD).

Kakooza deplored that among the many schools that have been constructed and the many that are under construction all over the country, there are no schools specifically built for handicapped people.

He said that the few such institutions around are below standard and are short of the necessary facilities needed for disabled people.

Speaking as the main guest at Mulago School for the Deaf recently, the bishop called on government to consider the disabled community.

The cleric himself has taught deaf children but his concern is that such learners meet a lot of difficulty in understanding what they are taught in class.

He maintains though that they are amazing and excel incredibly in handcrafts and carpentry work.

Another concern is that disabled learners do the same exams as those without disabilities. It is in this light that Bishop Kakooza further urged government to consider setting easier exams for them.

He wants more technical schools to be set up to enable handicapped students sustain themselves after school.

The main impediment, for instance in the schools for the deaf, he insists, is the lack of trained staff who understand sign language well.

According to the prelate, more sign language teachers should be trained and also posted in hospitals to ease the work of medical staff finding difficulty in communicating with deaf patients.

He made a final call to employers not to discriminate against handicapped job hopefuls during the process of recruitment.

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Mandela Memorial Interpreter, Thamsanqa Jantjie, Swears He Didn't Rape Or Murder Anyone

International Business Times
By Treye Green
on December 14 2013 8:13 PM

In a phone interview with USA Today from South Africa Saturday, Thamsanqa Jantjie said he was innocent of the accusations.

"I've never raped anybody ... I've never [done]… all of those things that they talked about," said Jantjie.

As we reported earlier, a report from South African media outlet eNCA asserted that the 34-year-old man had faced murder, rape and other charges over a 10-year span. The TV news outlet reported that Jantjie has a long history of criminal charges against him dating back to 1994. These includes charges of murder and kidnapping in 2003, rape in 1994 and theft in 1995.

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USA Today says that during the interview, the "fake" interpreter "deflected questions about whether he had faced charges for the alleged crimes." He instead wanted to focus mainly on the events that occurred at the memorial service on Tuesday and his experience as an interpreter.

"I've been doing this job for a quite number of years without any complaints. I've done many international events for my country without any complaints," Jantjie said. But after reviewing video of his performance, Francois Deysel -- a sign language interpreter with the Deaf Federation of South Africa -- said that Jantjie's signing meant nothing.

"There was no sign language used. It was only slapping of hands and movement of arms," concluded Deysel.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Jantjie said he is a schizophrenic who sometimes acts violently and suffers from hallucinations. He claims that he experienced an episode during the memorial service -- while standing next to President Barack Obama and other world leaders -- that caused him to flub his signing.

“What happened that day, I see angels come to the stadium,” he told the AP, referring to Mandela’s memorial service. “I start realizing that the problem is here. And the problem, I don’t know the attack of this problem, how will it come. Sometimes I react violent.”

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Net tightens over deaf interpreter

eNCA
South Africa Sunday 15 December 2013 - 3:56pm

The bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial service, Thamsanqa Jantjie (pictured next to President Barack Obama), was employed by a company owned by the ANC's religious and traditional affairs desk head Bantubahle Xozwa. Picture: Flickr.com / GovernmentZA

JOHANNESBURG - The bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial service was employed by a company owned by the ANC's religious and traditional affairs desk head Bantubahle Xozwa, the Sunday Times reported.

Xozwa told the paper that Thamsanqa Jantjie was employed as an administrator and facilitator in his company, South African Interpreters.

There's no way you can just rock up and stand next to a president. Somebody, somewhere is lying.

"Thamsanqa is not an interpreter," Xozwa was quoted as saying.

"He was disqualified years ago on the basis of his health. He was interpreting at the memorial service in his personal capacity."

Jantjie had a history of mental problems.

"I am a patient of Sterkfontein. I was discharged and started working after being medicated and monitored by doctors," Jantjie told the Sunday Times. He was referring to the Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital in Krugersdorp.

He told the newspaper he was part of a group who burnt to death two people in 2003.

"It was a community thing, what you call mob justice, and I was also there," Jantjie was quoted as saying.

He and several others faced murder, attempted murder, and kidnapping charges. Charges against him were later dropped because he was found to be mentally unfit to stand trial.

Deputy Minister of Women, Children and the Disabled Hendrietta Bogopane- Zulu told the Sunday Times her department was looking into the matter as Jantjie had been accredited and was granted access to the VIP stage.

"There's no way you can just rock up and stand next to a president. Somebody, somewhere is lying," she told the paper.

On Wednesday, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said the government would investigate claims that Jantjie did not use intelligible sign language.

After the memorial at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Tuesday, Jantjie told various media outlets he had suffered a schizophrenic episode in which he had seen angels, and that he had panicked when he realised he was surrounded by armed police.

-Sapa

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Pastor remanded for defiling deaf and dump girl

GhanaWeb-

A Tarkwa circuit court has remanded Philip Osei Tutu, a pastor of Miracle House Ministry- Abuakwa branch in Kumasi, for defiling a 19-year-old deaf and dump girl at Asankra-Saa in the Western Region.

He pleaded not guilty and will re-appear before the court on December 16.

Prosecuting Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Albert Adiita told the court presided over by Mr Samuel Obeng Diawuo that on November 27, the accused visited one Joshua Tetteh a branch pastor at Asankrangwa.

He said on December 1, the accused went to Asankra-Saa for preaching and deliverance.

According to the Prosecutor, on December 3, at about 1330 hours, the victim and her colleague Adofo Rita were passing by when the accused invited them to his house and told them that they possessed some demons and opted to pray for their deliverance.

DSP Adiita said in the course of the prayers, Osei Tutu asked Rita to leave and lured the victim into his room and forcibly had sexual intercourse with her.

The Prosecutor said the victim narrated her ordeal to her colleague and the accused was subsequently arrested.

He said Osei Tutu admitted the offense in his caution statement and was accordingly charged with the offense of defilement.

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ZNAD calls for sensitisation to help society understand the deaf

postzambia.com
By Stuart Lisulo
Mon 16 Dec. 2013, 14:00 CAT [103 Reads, 0 Comment(s)]

THERE is urgent need for more sensitisation to improve society's understanding of the deaf community, says Zambia National Association of the Deaf interim president Chikwata Mukuma.

Last Tuesday, a 'fake' sign language interpreter, Thamsanqa Jantjie, who interpreted at the Mandela memorial service was spotted by the deaf community globally as having made inaccurate sign language signals, and has subsequently, been severely criticised for making misleading hand gestures which did not match what speakers at the event were saying.

But in an interview, Mukuma said this was evidence that there was need for more sensitisation to improve society's understanding of deaf people to ensure a strengthening of the code of ethics for sign language interpreters and help break communication barriers.

"We want to send a warning to our fellow Zambians because there are some people who use sign language to wrongly collect money or gain donor support; to show they are helping the deaf community. We want to stop some people such as that 'fake' interpreter and strengthen the code of ethics for sign language interpreters so that both on TV and any public places, where sign language should be put in order to help break communication barriers, there should be professionals, not what happened in South Africa," Mukuma said.

He said the consequences of employing interpreters such as Jantjie have had the effect of deceiving, not only the deaf community in South Africa, but the entire world who tuned in to witness the memorial.

"We are also joining the world to condemn that interpreter, but the question is; who allowed him to be on the screen for such an international event that was attended by world leaders?" he asked.

And Mukuma said there was need for the public to observe that not everybody who uses sign language was genuine.

"With the law that is in place, once an interpreter breaks the code of ethics, he or she is disqualified and removed from interpreting services. So, this also applies to Zambia under the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRP), including the Republican Constitution, that talks about the rights of the disabled, meaning deaf people have the right to the language, that's why we advocate for sign language to be the eighth national language, meaning whatever comes as sign language, the law applies," he said.

He further bemoaned society's discrimination against deaf people due to ignorance, hence the exisistence of constant communication barriers.

"People should come closer to the disabled than looking down on them; others see disabled as beggars only because they are there on the streets begging. But it's not that they are there because they want to, it is because of poverty, they are not employed. President Michael Sata should make history by appointing a deaf person so that he or she goes into Parliament to represent the deaf community to enable them to contribute to the development of the country," said Mukuma.

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Pay the insurance premium for people with disability

GhanaWeb

The Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai branch of the Ghana Blind Union has been inaugurated with a plea to the Government to do everything to aid all people with disability to sign up to national health insurance scheme (NHIS).

Mr. Louis Bayuoh, the District Coordinating Director, said he did not think that it would be “too much” asking the state to pay the insurance premium to enable them access quality health care.

He said given the difficult economic situation many found themselves, such an intervention could bring a huge relief and appealed to the physically- challenged to strive to become self-supporting.

Mr. Bayouh rallied those who were yet to join the association to do so and said this was in their own interest.

The District Social Welfare Officer, Miss Mercy Quansah, said cash, working tools and equipment had been made available to almost all those with various forms of disability in the area to set up their own businesses.

The goal was to make things better for them and end their dependence on others and charity for survival.

She said she found it refreshing that hardly could anybody with disability in the district be seen begging in the streets after receiving the assembly’s support package.

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Samuel Agyemang Wins Disability Advocacy Award

spyghana.com
By Prosper Agbenyega

Emperor Gaza International Foundation (EGIF), in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), has honoured Samuel Agyemang, a Television News Anchor at Metro TV, with the award of Excellence In Disability Advocacy.

daanaaHe was awarded for his contributions, demonstration of excellence, passion, vision and commitment to improving opportunities for persons with disability and his resolve to make their lives better.

The awards, named after Dr. Henry Seidu Danaa, Ghana’s Minister for Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, who is the first visually impaired to be called to the Bar in Ghana, and also the first visually-impaired person to hold the position of Minister of state, was the maiden Danaah Excellence Awards, held to acknowledge the efforts of persons who have worked for the betterment of the lives of Persons with Disability (PWD).

The award was also to encourage society to appreciate the challenges PWDs face in their daily lives, in order to lend their hand of support to them.

The annual awards took place this year on December 8 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Accra with Dr. Danaa as Special Guest.

Awards were also given to dignitaries, PWDs and other stakeholders who have excelled in their various fields of endeavor to celebrate excellence and encourage others to give off their best to unfortunate ones.

EGIF has contributed significantly to the disability sector, sponsoring some activities of the Ghana National Team, the Black Challenge, and recently organized the Fusion Games, a game that seeks to bring together able-bodied and PWDs together to compete on the same platform in sporting activities as a means of integrating PWDs into mainstream society.

Before the ceremony, the National Disability Excellence Awards was, launched in Accra with a pledge to begin to right the historical wrongs of misperception about disability, create a new sense of possibility and expectation, and establish role models and ambassadors of disabled persons.

The maiden edition of the Awards ceremony brought together the creme de la creme in the disability sphere and celebrated excellence and great achievements.

The Awards are in two categories, namely category A for PWD Achievers in sports, music, politics, the Academia and Entrepreneurship while category B Awards was for stakeholders such as individuals and organizations that advanced the rights of persons with disability; Disability Advocacy Challenge Awards for journalists/media institutions that have encouraged discussions on disability issues; and Business Awards for large and Small businesses which have improved opportunities for people with disability, such as greater inclusion, participation and employment.

It was established that despite the promulgation of a National Disability Act, and the ratification in 2012 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, the situation still persisted, causing untold hardship to many of the 5 million Ghanaian citizens with disability and their families, hence efforts of people like Samuel Agyemang to bring to fore the problems that still exist as far as disability is concern, were appreciated.

Samuel Agyemang, told spyghana.com that, over the years many of Heroes of the disability experience in Ghana had remained unrecognized and uncelebrated, thereby helping to perpetuate, the myth that disability equated to inability, adding his commitment to the issues of disability was to help end the darkness of that myth and replaced it with the dawn of a greater reality.

Samuel Agyemang has reported on wide range of issues and his expose of the plight of homeless Ghanaians and the dangers associated with growing slums has pushed government and UN agencies like the UN-HABITAT to commence a number of affordable housing and slum upgrading schemes in Accra, Ghana’s capital.

His vivid picture of the challenges of persons living with disabilities in Ghana urged government to include disability in the national transportation policy, and consequently the nation will be getting a disability friendly commercial bus for the first time in its history. His reports on infrastructure have caused roads to be repaired.

In 2009, he was named a United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Journalism Fellow, and presented the Ortega Memorial Bronze Medal by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for reporting on the UN in New York. In 2009, he was named Journalist of the Year and received the award for TV Features Reporting from the Ghana Journalists Association.

Also in 2011, the Vice President of Ghana presented him as the Best Disability Reporter in Ghana, the Commonwealth Broadcasters Association named him a Thomson Foundation Journalist of the Year, and the United Nations Correspondence Association awarded him the Ortega Memorial Gold Prize.

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Liberia: Disabled Primary Pupils At 0.6 Percent Enrollment

AllAfrica.com
17 DECEMBER 2013

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Statistics from the Ministry of Education has shown that Liberia has 2,115 primary students with disabilities, amounting to nearly 0.6% of primary school enrollment in the 2012-2013 academic year.

The report indicated that Montserrado and Lofa counties have the highest number of physically challenged primary students, with Montserrado having 396 and Lofa 375. The statistics also revealed that Lofa County has the greatest percentage of students with disability.

According to the report, the most common type of disability recorded among students in primary school included impairments such as missing limb or deformed limb and partial paralysis of the limb.

The Education Ministry report disclosed that deafness and blindness account for the next highest number of students with disabilities and over 700 students are considered deaf while over 300 students are considered blind.

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Give disabled chance - Katema

UKZAMBIANS-
katema

THE cost incurred in excluding persons with disabilities from taking part in social and economic activities is too high to bear, Community Development, Mother and Child Health Minister Joseph Katema
has said.

Dr Katema said yesterday that the cost of excluding persons with disabilities was ultimately borne by the society as this resulted in loss of human potential.

He said development of the national policy on disability was, therefore, a milestone that Zambia had achieved in putting issues of persons with disabilities on the national development agenda.

“Persons with disabilities are the most vulnerable group in society and have limited access to infrastructure, health care, education and employment leading to further social and economic exclusion,” Dr Katema said.

He was speaking when he officiated at a workshop on the development of the national plan of action on the national policy for disability in Lusaka.

The minister said Government was aware that persons with disabilities encountered institutional and other challenges in realising their full potential.

He implored the participants to ensure that the implementation of the plan enabled Zambians living with disabilities live with security and dignity, and participate in society as citizens with full rights.

“The plan should also recognise that disability is cross-cutting and not a welfare case.

‘All levels of Government should contribute to the implementation of the plan,” Dr Katema said.

A representative of persons with disabilities, Elijah Ngwale implored Government to enforce all laws pertaining to persons with disabilities.

He hailed Government for the efforts so far made in addressing the plight of the disabled in Zambia, adding that development should not be discriminatory.

Source: Times of Zambia

- See more at: http://ukzambians.co.uk/home/2013/12/17/give-disabled-chance-katema/#sthash.IxeUzUjf.dpuf

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Ghana: Bolgatanga to Get Disability Friendly Roads

AllAfrica.com
18 DECEMBER 2013

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From William N-lanjerborr Jalulah, Bolgatanga THE DIRECTOR of the Department of Urban Roads in the Bolgatanga Municipality, Mr. Abass Awolu, has disclosed that all roads under construction in the municipality would be disability friendly, in conformity with the disability Act 715.

The director made the disclosure when he led the Regional Minister, Alhaji Limuna Mohammed-Muniru to inspect some ongoing road projects at Estate, Soe, Bolgatanga Polytechnic, and Atulbabiisi, all in the Bolgatanga Municipality.

Speaking to the media after the inspection, Mr. Awolu explained that in areas where there would be footbridges, access ramps would be constructed to enable physically challenged persons to cross the road with their tricycles.

According to him, at the traffic lights, there would be curves that would enable physically challenged persons to use the road while alarm systems would be installed to aid visually impaired persons to also cross.

When installed, the alarm system would be pressed and sound generated to alert other road users that visually impaired were crossing. He said he was impressed with the quality and pace of work done so far but directed the contractors to clear excavated materials from the road to prevent accidents.

Mr. Awolu advised the contractors to ensure their workers wore safety attires such as wellington boots and hand gloves to prevent any injuries.

According to him, the Municipality would get an additional 15km of tarred roads before the end of 2014.

When completed, it would reduce dust pollution in the beneficiary areas which residents have complained for far too long and had to endure the risk it posed to their health. In the current projects, Bolgatanga Estate was benefiting 4km of tarred roads, Soe, 8km, and Bolgatanga Polytechnic; 2km. Similar works would be done in Bawku and Navrongo all in the Upper East.

Alhaji Limuna was also happy with the quality and pace of works saying; the current state of road network in the Municipality does not befit it as a municipality thus, the need for giving it a facelift.

While calling on the public to keep to road safety rules as works went on, the Regional Minister also asked the contractors to introduce speed ramps after completion to reduce over speeding within town. He warned the contractors and engineers/supervisors there would be no room for shoddy work.

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Pastor jailed 20 years for raping a deaf and dump woman

BusinessGhana-
News Date: 18th December 2013

A 38-year-old pastor of the Abuakwa branch of Miracle House Ministry in the Ashanti Region, has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labour by the Tarkwa Circuit Court for raping a 19-year-old deaf and dump woman who is seven months pregnant.

Philip Osei Tutu pleaded not guilty.

Prosecuting, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Albert A. Adiita told the court presided over by Mr Samuel Obeng Diawuo that on November 27, this year, the convict visited one Joshua Tetteh the Asankrangwa branch pastor of the Miracle House Ministry.

According to the Prosecutor, on December 1, Osei Tutu went to Asankra-Saa for preaching and deliverance, and on December 3 around 13:30 hours, the victim and her colleague Rita Adofo were passing by when the convict who was preaching called and informed them that Adofo will not live to celebrate the Christmas festivity and Arthur will also not have safe delivery.

DSP Adiita said Osei Tutu directed the two to his house for special prayers and deliverance.

He said when the victim and Adofo went to the convict house he asked them separately to buy a bottle of voltic water and after praying on it Arthur claimed he put a medicine in it and asked her to drink it and use the remaining to take her bath.

The Prosecutor said Osei Tutu asked the victim to offer some money as thanks giving but Arthur who was not having money on her went home and returned with 20 Ghana cedis for the offertory.

DSP Adiita said when she got to the house the convict lured her into his room and forcibly had sexual intercourse with her.

He said the victim reported the incident to Adofo and a report was made to the police after which the victim was issued with a medical report form.

The Prosecutor said when the convict was arrested he denied the offense in his statement but the victim who testified in sign language in court said Osei Tutu raped her. DSP Adiita said after investigation he was charged with the offense.

Source: GNA

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Committee meets on disability fund

Vibe Ghana

December 18, 2013 | Filed under: Latest news | Posted by: VibeGhana

A one-day stakeholders’ meeting to discuss efficient management of the District Assemblies Disability Common Fund for optimal benefit of the physically-challenged has been held in Kumasi.

Organized by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Disability Fund Management Committee, it brought together representatives from the Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD), Ghana Society for People with Disability (GSPD), Deaf Association, Ghana Blind Union (GBU), the Department of Social Welfare, Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Assembly’s social services sub-committee.

It was meant to bring about greater transparency in the disbursement and effective monitoring.

Madam Juliana Owusu, Chairperson of the Committee, said they were determined to make sure that the fund was used to transform the livelihood of those with disability.
She therefore appealed for patience to allow for the proper thing to be done, pointing out that, processing of applications by potential beneficiaries took time, saying due diligence would have to be made.

Mr Godwin Dela, Chairman of the Social Services Committee, called for closer collaboration among the various actors to achieve high level of openness in the disbursement of the fund.

Mr Francis Amedor, Ashanti Regional Secretary of the GFD, urged the beneficiaries to put the money to good use to help them to become economically self-supporting. GNA

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http://vibeghana.com/2013/12/18/committee-meets-on-disability-fund/




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Cameroon: Disabled Kids Light Christmas Tree

AllAfrica.com-
BY BRENDA YUFEH NCHEWNANG-NGASSA, 18 DECEMBER 2013

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Over 200 disabled kids at the Cardinal Paul Emile Leger National Centre for the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (CNRPH) yesterday December 17, 2013 lighted a decorated Christmas Tree at the premises of the centre during an event to commemorate end-of-year festivities.

The event was punctuated with the award of gifts to some handicapped persons in different institutions in the country in a bid to improve their standard of living as well as means of movement.

Speaking during the event, the Deputy Director General of CNRPH, Dr Alexandre Manga said the season is a time for joy and love. While noting that disabled kids hardly understand their state of life, Dr Manga added that they are usually left out of the Christmas show and they feel neglected and deprived from enjoying the joy of the season.

As such, CNRPH organised the Christmas Tree event which was characterised by the handing of gifts to kids in the centre, the sharing of a common meal amongst the kids and dignitaries as well as the donation of wheelchairs and tricycles to some handicapped people from other centres so as to facilitate their movement around town.

During the event, some disabled university students were handed money for school fees. Those who had finished professional training but did not have money to establish their own business were given money to do so.

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Airtel donates to School for the Deaf

GhanaWeb

Airtel Ghana has settled the 14,000 Ghana cedis rent owed by the Senior High Technical School for the deaf which left them threatened with eviction.

The telecoms firm also donated a 10 kilovolts generator to the school and paid for an extra year's rent.

Head of Corporate Communications, Donald Gwira, explained the gesture was part of the company's pledge to support the under-privileged in communities and children in particular

A short ceremony was held at the school premises where the students entertained and interacted with staff of Airtel Ghana and also conducted them round their various exhibition stands to enable officials appreciate their works.

The Human Resource Manager, Head of Corporate communications and staff of Airtel Ghana presented a cheque of GHC14,000 for the payment of three years' rent arrears.

Head of Corporate Communications at Airtel Ghana , Donald Gwira noted "we are going to pay another one year’s rent so that by next year it gives the school and anyone in charge enough time to sort themselves out so that these students can study under conducive environment and become the great leaders they are supposed to be."

An Emotional Headmaster, Nathan Pecku, and the entire school were grateful for the gesture and described it as a Christmas present.

"Sometimes we dream and our dreams don’t come through but there are times we dream and they are realized. Our joy is fulfilled through the help of various people who have been touched by a brief remark on our plight", the Headmaster said.

He added "our Students who normally use the sign language and who cannot communicate when there’s power off can now have a 24 hour opportunity to communicate."

The school may have had one problem solved, at least for a couple of years.

Their woes are however not over as the students will still continue to make the dangerous commute along the shoulders of the Aburi Mampong Highway with the safety concerns. They are nonetheless very grateful.

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New hope for hearing impaired children

South African Broadcasting Corporation-

Thursday 19 December 2013 19:51
Craig Marais

A ''Donate soccer Boot Campaign'' has been launched to raise funds for hearing impaired children(SABC)

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Sign language interpreter Tshepiso Mokoena is determined to make a difference in her community in Khayelitsha in Cape Town. Born to deaf parents, Mokoena with the help of the community, has set up the ''Donate soccer Boot Campaign'' to raise funds.

The plan is to raise 2 000 pairs of soccer boots for 1 000 deaf or hearing impaired children in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

Mokoena says, "These kids aspire to be South African stars, but they can only attain their dreams if they have the resources at their disposal."

The second objective is raise funds for a soccer field for the Noluthando School for the Deaf in Khayelitsha.

The official day of handing out the soccer boots and launching the soccer field is on March 29, 2014, in the Western Cape and on the April 5, 2014, in Gauteng.

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Pastor rapes deaf and dump woman

spyghana.com-
By Daily Guide Ghana

A 38-year-old pastor of the Abuakwa branch of Miracle House Ministry in the Ashanti Region, has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labour by the Tarkwa Circuit Court for raping a 19-year-old deaf and dump woman who is seven months pregnant.

Philip Osei Tutu pleaded not guilty.

Prosecuting, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Albert A. Adiita told the court presided over by Mr Samuel Obeng Diawuo that on November 27, this year, the convict visited one Joshua Tetteh the Asankrangwa branch pastor of the Miracle House Ministry.

According to the Prosecutor, on December 1, Osei Tutu went to Asankra-Saa for preaching and deliverance, and on December 3 around 13:30 hours, the victim and her colleague Rita Adofo were passing by when the convict who was preaching called and informed them that Adofo will not live to celebrate the Christmas festivity and Arthur will also not have safe delivery.

DSP Adiita said Osei Tutu directed the two to his house for special prayers and deliverance. He said when the victim and Adofo went to the convict house he asked them separately to buy a bottle of voltic water and after praying on it Arthur claimed he put a medicine in it and asked her to drink it and use the remaining to take her bath.

The Prosecutor said Osei Tutu asked the victim to offer some money as thanks giving but Arthur who was not having money on her went home and returned with 20 Ghana cedis for the offertory.

DSP Adiita said when she got to the house the convict lured her into his room and forcibly had sexual intercourse with her.

He said the victim reported the incident to Adofo and a report was made to the police after which the victim was issued with a medical report form.

The Prosecutor said when the convict was arrested he denied the offense in his statement but the victim who testified in sign language in court said Osei Tutu raped her. DSP Adiita said after investigation he was charged with the offense.

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Pastor jailed 20 years for raping pregnant, deaf woman

GhanaWeb

A 38-year-old pastor of the Abuakwa branch of Miracle House Ministry in the Ashanti Region, has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labour by the Tarkwa Circuit Court for raping a 19-year-old deaf and dumb woman who is seven months pregnant.

Philip Osei Tutu pleaded not guilty.

Prosecuting, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Albert A. Adiita told the court presided over by Mr Samuel Obeng Diawuo that on November 27, this year, the convict visited one Joshua Tetteh the Asankrangwa branch pastor of the Miracle House Ministry.

According to the Prosecutor, on December 1, Osei Tutu went to Asankra-Saa for preaching and deliverance, and on December 3 around 13:30 hours, the victim and her colleague Rita Adofo were passing by when the convict who was preaching called and informed them that Adofo will not live to celebrate the Christmas festivity and Arthur will also not have safe delivery.

DSP Adiita said Osei Tutu directed the two to his house for special prayers and deliverance.

He said when the victim and Adofo went to the convict house he asked them separately to buy a bottle of voltic water and after praying on it Arthur claimed he put a medicine in it and asked her to drink it and use the remaining to take her bath.

The Prosecutor said Osei Tutu asked the victim to offer some money as thanks giving but Arthur who was not having money on her went home and returned with 20 Ghana cedis for the offertory.

DSP Adiita said when she got to the house the convict lured her into his room and forcibly had sexual intercourse with her.

He said the victim reported the incident to Adofo and a report was made to the police after which the victim was issued with a medical report form.

The Prosecutor said when the convict was arrested he denied the offense in his statement but the victim who testified in sign language in court said Osei Tutu raped her. DSP Adiita said after investigation he was charged with the offense.

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Mampong School For Deaf gets computers

spyghana.com
By Daily Guide Ghana

Mampong

Staff and students of Mampong School for the Deaf with some of the computers

Societe Generale Ghana has presented 20 computers to the Mampong Akuapim Senior High Technical School for the Deaf in the Eastern Region.

The Managing Director of Societe Generale, Gilbert Hie, presenting the devices to the school in Accra on Monday said, “We, as members of Societe Generale Ghana, want sustainable development of the abused and disadvantage ones within our society.

“It is in this direction therefore that we are donating these computers.

The Headmaster of the Mampong Akuapim Senior High Technical School for the Deaf, Nathan Pecku, on his part said, “We never thought that we could ever have computers in this our school.

“But Societe Generale has today changed our thoughts and has made our dream a reality.

Mr. Pecku told BUSINESS GUIDE that the Mampong School for the Deaf was facing numerous challenges despite the support it received recently.

He said the school needs projectors, dormitories, classrooms and laboratories.

Mr. Pecku said that the National Investment Bank (NIB) Ghana had also promised to come to their aid.

“We are praying steadfastly for more generous people to come to our rescue to turn our situation around for the better.

It would be recalled that Airtel Ghana recently provided the Mampong Akuapim School for the Deaf with GH¢18,800.00 and a 10kgh generator worth about $9,000.00.

The Mampong Senior High Technical School for the Deaf was founded by Rev. Jackson Foster 56 years ago.

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Company to Give Disabled people Scholarships in Gombe

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A Gombe-based company, Right Click Engineering Company, has announced its plan to give scholarship to physically challenged indigenes of the state studying in tertiary institutions in the country.

General Manager of the company Umar Ahmed said the organisation is passionate about the plight of physically challenged persons.

According to him, the company has a charitable foundation that would the less privileged persons who were willing to go to school.

All physically challenged Gombe state indigenes studying in tertiary educational institutions only have to present their admission letters and the receipts of their tuition fees for repayment.

“The gesture is part of our corporate social responsibility; we want to give the little we have,’’ Ahmed said.

He said the organisation would begin the exercise in February 2014 and will continue to do so indefinitely.

“The aim is to give them a sense of belonging by supporting them in their education. This category of people are very intelligent and if given the chance, they can be something in future,’’ Ahmed said.

He called on the wealthy in the society to assist in similar ways.

“We should always put it at the back of our mind that the physically challenged are part of us.”
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Gambia: Deaf Scorpions Recruit Talents Ahead of Nation's Cup

AllAfrica.com
BY BABOUCARR CAMARA, 20 DECEMBER 2013

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The Deaf Scorpions of the Gambia are set to begin a three-day North Bank Region tour from December 20th to 22nd as part of its new talent search ahead of their first ever participation in the Africa Deaf Football Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast next year.

The Deaf Scorpions in a press release issued to Observer Sports added that it is with this regard and willingness for sports promotion, development and soldering of the national team "towards huge achievement" and for extra opportunity in the forthcoming first ever competition that they are availing the hidden talents the opportunity to showcase their skills.

The championship which will be held in the Ivorian capital of Abidjan between the 4th and 25th October 2014 will see Gambia face the host nation in the opening game of the competition. The senior national deaf team as well as the junior team players, officials and fans will all be part of the tour. The tour that will be conducted in a form of a football tournament will take place at the Fass Njaga Choi playing field and both deaf teams will each play a test match against the senior and junior teams of the village respectively. According to the president of the Gambia Deaf Sports Association (GDSA) Modou Lamin Ceesay, the tour is meant to identify great deaf players across the country that will join the national team for a possible participation at the upcoming event next year. He added that they are mapping the way to strengthen the team in order to make history for the country at the championship, before assuring that their love for sports is meant to seeking equality in the community as well as contribute to the national development agenda.

"Deafness does not mean inability; it is a test and as a gift which we obtained/received from the Almighty God, the Greatest and glory is his. We accepted it as of searching of the inner peace. Our prayers for you will be reward and accept by Allah/God our lord the creator of all living and non-living things. Yes, you know that some deaf persons cannot speak but remember that his/her commitment in praying for you is meant that the angels are praying for you instead," Ceesay further wrote.

The association finally called on people to come to their aid and support them in their efforts to "attain excellence in sports" for the benefit of this admirable and peaceful country within the sub region, "The Gambia flag should never be let down at Abidjan, Ivory Coast in October 2014. Now get me at lams_lamin@yahoo.co.uk or +220 77 28 0 92 / 88 0 55 99," Ceesay added.

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Gambia/Cote d'Ivoire: Gambia Deaf Scorpions in Tour Ahead of Abidjan Nations Cup

AllAfrica.com
BY SULAYMAN BAH, 20 DECEMBER 2013

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Gambia National Deaf Scorpions are bracing up for the Nations Cup tournament to be hosted by Ivory Coast with a tour of the country's regions. The African Deaf Nations Cup championship is billed for October 4th next year and a three-day tour of the North Bank Region beginning 20th to 22nd December , according to the association, will help boost the team spirit ahead of the competition. The delegation were on the brink of departure at press time, comprised the deaf junior and senior national team and.

In North Bank, the delegation will be engaged to a football tourney at Fass Njaga Choi - a championship that will avail the team deaf gaffer chance to scout player for recruitment. Gambia opens the Abidjan tourney with a clash with host Ivory Coast.

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Zambia: Samuel Mofya Shows That Disability Does Not Mean Inability

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Zambia: Samuel Mofya Shows That Disability Does Not Mean Inability BY MARTIN NYIRENDA, 20 DECEMBER 2013 RELATED TOPICS Zambia Zambia: Nevers May Go to Jail Today

OPINION

SAMUEL Mofya has managed to creep to another world of striking human pain.

For over eight years, Mofya's oldest human misfortune of disability remains his newest daily way and against all ill, he remains as ever merry.

>From the saddle of pain and anguish, he calls on God every morning to grant him the ability to eschew good, and seek peace and relief from the thriving pain and ensue it. Since his birth eight years ago, Samuel has been confined to crawling which has affected his feet.

He was born with peeled skin on his waist and had his first skin dressing opera tion barely three days after birth and was admitted for 15 days!

Sores on his feet started to develop in 2007 which have not heeled to date as he reels through the perpetual pain. Behind his back around the waist, he has something bulging, which his parents and medical experts suspect has affected his spine - effectively dislodging his walking ability.

"I gave birth to Samuel at the Ndola Central Hospital (NCH) and after delivering the doctors referred him to Arthur Davison Children's Hospital (ADH) for further medical attention where he was admitted for 15 days after undergoing skin dressing operation on his waist.

"We were asked to take him back to the children's hospital every month for medical check-up so that they could monitor him because they suspected water or some fluids would soon start to collect around his head and that the sore on his waist would affect his spinal code," Jacqueline Mubanga, his mother, opens up in a tone punctuated with human brevity to overcome the stinging condition of her son.

Mrs Mubanga, aged 29, gloomily recollects in an interview with this author that she took her son back to ADH and informed the medical experts that her son had started to sit on his own but they dispelled the revelation, arguing that was not possible.

"They disputed what I told them and insisted that his condition would result into his head swelling. They suspected that there was something wrong with his spinal cord after telling them he had no feelings or instincts to go to the toilet to relieve himself," she recollects with accuracy. Sad enough, Samuel has to wear diapers eight years after birth.

The medical experts at ADH refused to conduct further operations on him and advised that he be taken to the Franciscan Centre near Kansenshi Prisons where he could be helped. "I took him to the Franciscan Centre and was told to return after a year in 2006," Mrs Mubanga explains.

As she navigated through a host of health facilities, she came across some doctors from Lusaka who encouraged her to visit the Zambia Italian Orthopedic Hospital in Lusaka. Surprisingly enough, as she put it, while travelling to Lusaka, her son became so sick such that his temperature was high and upon arrival at the health facility, the doctors refused to attend to him because of the high temperature.

"He was just fine before we started off from Ndola but surprisingly enough, he became so ill on the way. I was given another appointment before returning to Ndola because he could not be operated on in the theatre," she narrates. Against a glum encounter - overwhelmed with despondency, she suddenly came in contact with another sympathiser who advised her to visit Beit Cure children's Hospital in Lusaka's Mandevu compound.

She travelled to Beit Cure Hospital where she spent a few days before an operation was conducted on her son's legs to try to re-position them to normalcy as they were curving in. She was advised to return to the health facility after three months to remove the plasters on the legs. In 2007, she was back at Beit Cure Hospital again to have the plasters removed. After removing the plasters, the sores on the feet were aggravated.

The condition was so severe that Samuel was in dire need of urgent medical attention again. The sores have resulted in two toes on his right leg being eaten away. During the first week of this month, that is, on December 9, another toe was eaten away.

"The toes on the left foot are not affected and I do not know what really is the problem. We have tried several drugs and visited a number of health facilities but in vain. We have gone to churches and met some prophets who have encouraged us to continue praying to God for healing," she explains.

She has also gone as far as seeking the intervention of traditional healers.

"We started with traditional healers but failed. We went to Chingola two years ago to see a well known prophet and nothing positive came out. We also went to consult Apostle Kunda who came to Ndola's Broadway cinema hall recently and was conducting healing and prayer sessions.

The two 'men of God' only said one thing: The parents of the child should double their commitment to God by praying for him to receive healing from the Almighty Jesus Christ.

The believers have encouraged the parents of Samuel that God will be in his midst.

With the infectious stigma enveloping society regarding certain human conditions, Samuel has seen rejection in the face of a society pageanting as a Christian nation.

His father, Sonuel Mofya, told this author that Samuel was registered for enrolment at Kaniki Basic School in November 2011 but the following year, the school authorities refused to accept him upon seeing him because of his health condition.

Despite Samuel possessing a flare of brilliance, Mr Mofya quips: "Kaniki Basic School authorities urged us to take him to some orphanage or any facility for people with disability."

At his age, Samuel is able to count and write his full names and those of his two siblings.

Though confined to the wheel-chair, he is able to look after his younger sister Edna, aged three, and Isaac aged one- and- five months when the parents are not home. Again, make no mistake, Samuel's extra-ordinary human abilities despite his incapacitation do not cease to simply amuse the neighbourhood.

When he wakes up around 6:00 am, he bows down to the Lord and prays that Jesus Christ should unleash His healing powers on him so that he could walk and attend school like other normal children.

Enter Regional Disability policy analyst for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and inclusive development adviser, Charles Mwape urges Government to ensure disabled persons had access to health, shelter and education.

Dr Mwape contends Government should develop an annual work plan on the implementation of the new Disability Act Number 6 of 2012 and create employment and education opportunities for persons with disabilities.

The Act has been amended and Government is in the process of domesticating the United Nation Convention on the rights of disabled persons

He says there is need to cultivate coordinated support through a joint steering committee of partners working in Zambia in an effort to improve the lives of persons with disabilities.

"We are calling upon the international community to support the Patriotic Front Government in its efforts to uplift the lives of persons with disabilities, more especially that Government has demonstrated political will by amending the Disability Act and domesticating the United Nations Convention on the rights of the disabled persons which forms the basis on new Disability Act Number 6 of 2012," he said.

Despite Government increasing funding to the Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities (ZAPD) in the 2014 national Budget from K5 million to K9 million, it is a lucid indictment for Government to ensure the provision of basic social services to persons with disabilities.

Otherwise, their role of ZAPD in society is in blantant vain.

Well-wishers intending to offer moral or material support that would invariably break the iron-fetters of Samuel's nerve-cracking ailment could contact his parents on 0967536994.

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Reformulating insurance, solidarity, disabled people laws: Minister

Egypt SIS (press release)-
Saturday, 21 December 2013

Social Solidarity Minister Ahmed el-Boraei formed four committees for re-formulating the laws on social insurance, social security, disabled people and public service for bringing about the social justice system.

This would happen via introducing articles that would ensure pushing up pensions and investing the insurance funds in a safe way that would, in turn, benefit the pensioners.

In addition, this would occur through offering a package of educational, health and social procedures for the poor families. Moreover, the disabled draft law should work on ensuring the offering of health and social care and providing this category with job opportunities.

As for the public service law, the ministry was keen on making this law include many incentives with a view to encouraging the Egyptian graduates to perform public service out of the national duty obligation.

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Zambia: PF Support for Disabled Welcome

AllAfrica.com
21 DECEMBER 2013

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WE feel encouraged whenever our readers give us a feedback and we are humbled by your support. James Chilekwa said in reaction to last week's story that the Patriotic Front Government was commited to improving the welfare of persons with disabilities.

Six months ago, we said the best way to improve services for persons with disabilities in Zambia was first to address the defects in the agency by restructuring the institution and repositioning it for better service delivery to our people.

This has been done by this Government although it was supposed to have been done 18 years ago had we had a disability-friendly Government.

Why am I saying so? Zambians are aware that for the past 20 years disability administration had been placed in the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, which had failed because all centres and farms currently for the disabled are programmes left by the UNIP government and no one can show me any successful MMD government-driven disability programme apart from changing the name from Zambia Council for the Handicapped to the agency.

The PF Government has started well in the area of disability and we have been providing timely advice as restructuring has started and we shall follow its implementation with keen interest. Honestly speaking this is a listening Government that have done much in a short time.

The next thing our Government needs to do is to move disability administration from the Ministry of Community Development to the Office of the President for effective and efficient administration.

We do not want to miss this political will we have seen in this Government, whose focus is on effective service delivery to the Zambian people and make districts point of service delivery. This has worked well in other African countries where disability is in the office of the Prime Minister.

It has also worked very well in South Africa where disability administration is in the office of the president under the department women, youths and people with disabilities and in Botswana which I will talk about next week.

We are happy that despite theories coming from people who do not understand cross-cutting disability management and wanted to turn Government disability administration into disabled people's organisation (DPOs), the Government provided leadership and they should not entertain such attempts.

The best thing now is to appoint independent people who must include drafters of a disability chapter in the PF manifesto, let them take a study to visit South Africa, Namibia, Uganda, Botwana and other African countries and compare best practices before restructuring starts.

The fact is disability is a developmental issue and it must attract international support. The question is why disability in Zambia has not attracted donors for the past 22 years? What is wrong with the current system? Can our Government reposition disability administration and be like any other sector of Government running well and effective?

Repositioning will mean amending the Disability Act number 6 of 2012 and replace the appointment of both director general and the board from the minister to the President.

We have a new Disability Act which works well but it needs few amendments here and there or to provide a clear statutory instrument for effective implementation of the Act. For example, the government of Malawi has a new Disability Act number 12 of 2012 after replacing Act No. 48 of 1971.

Six months ago we said that before repositioning of disability administration in the Office of the President, the Government needed to undertake a job audit for staff from Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities, National Trust for the Disabled and National Vocational Rehabilitation Centre and this should include positions and qualifications of job holders and the relevance of the position under repositioning.

Secondly retrenching all workers in the above institutions and transfer all responsibilities to the Agency under the Office of the President and we are very happy that the Government has done this.

Thirdly, reviewing all laws and statutes governing disability administration in Zambia and align them to United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Disabled (UNCRPD) and advertising all positions which will result in having right people in positions for smooth disability administration and management.

It is a fact that disability management and administration has failed because it is in the wrong ministry.

Personally I have associated with the Zambia Council for the Handicapped, which is now called Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities, since when I was four years old.

I have seen it at its peak when volunteers from Finland were providing technical support and I have seen it through to its current sad state. The current ministry which is charged with the responsibility of disability administration is wrong.

The disability's administration must be cross-cutting, that each ministry or agency of Government must have a component of disability within department supervised by the agency responsible for the oversight and coordination of all services and support provided by qualified people.

The repositioning should support individuals with disabilities to have the most independent, choice and control over their own lives through person-centred service planning and delivery and increased provider capacity.

It must coordinate homes and community services for all individuals, so each person can live and work in the neighbourhood of his or her choosing, and promote health, wellness and a high quality of life through service coordination and monitoring, clinical support, and a robust quality management system.

If disability administration is placed in the Office of the President and has right personnel the number of persons with disabilities in our streets will be reduced. Real rehabilitation will be seen by all because this Government has the capacity to provide services to persons with disabilities and make them realise their dreams.

This is the spirit of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of United States of America who is the only president who entered White House with a physical disability but believed that physical disabilities held no barriers to achievement. May this be the belief that persons with disabilities in Zambia will not see disability as a barrier but a challenge?

One thing I love so much about the PF Government is a disability chapter in its manifesto for 2011 to 2016 because it is the first in Zambia to clearly outline its vision for persons with disabilities.

The Government should reconstitute a team that drafted the disability chapter in its party manifesto to translate it into a policy before repositioning the disability administration because they understand the vision of the party before it is too late.

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Church for the deaf beats odds to praise God

The Standard Digital News
Updated Monday, December 23rd 2013 at 22:19 GMT +3 0 inShare By ERIC WAINAINA KENYA:

>From a distance, drumbeats can be heard emanating from the Thika Elijah Kagiri Presbyterian Church of East Africa. But there is no synchrony in the way the instrument is being played. A church service for and by the deaf and dumb only is ongoing and their rhythmic moves and signs depict the enthusiasm they have to praise their maker. Things are not so different from services in other churches, only that there are no voices at All Thika Deaf Fellowship Church located in Thika, Kiambu County. At the entrance, three people are busy ushering in those arriving and ensuring they get somewhere to sit by use of sign language. At the front of the room (pulpit), a group of four people is leading fellow worshippers in praise and worship songs but no sound can be heard from the fully packed church. Church members only move their bodies and use sign language to communicate both songs and messages. They have opening prayers, praise and worship songs, read the Bible, make announcements and have sermons by their own pastors, also deaf, through sign language. The church is now a year old, with a membership of about 200 people who are deaf and dumb from Thika town and its environs. Their services are full of energy, easily moving one with hearing ability to tears as they observe how they are determined to praise and worship despite their challenge.

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AUC celebrates first International Day of People with Disability

Al-Bawaba
Published December 23rd, 2013 - 08:46 GMTPress Release

For the first time, the American University of Cairo (AUC) community celebrated the International Day of People with Disability at an event led by the Helm graduate student club. Held under the theme of Zayee Zayak (We Are the Same), which is also a nationwide campaign that advocates for the rights of disabled Egyptians in education, employment, civil society and health care, the event featured a march of disabled children, parents and supporters to Bartlett Plaza; a performance by the Sunshine Band, a group of blind musicians who play traditional Arabic music; athletic activities; guest speakers and booths selling the work of disabled artists and craftsmen.

“The main goal was to recognize the existence of disabled people and declare their full rights to live and dream of a better life in which they are welcomed and their abilities are utilized,” explained Nouran El Hawary, president of Helm AUC and a master’s student studying sociology and anthropology. “This is a step toward bringing them into the mainstream and refusing their relegation to the sidelines of life.”

The population of disabled people in Egypt is estimated to be between 15 million and 17 million people, noted El Hawary, and “unfortunately, they are overlooked by government and state policies, and find difficulties in meeting their basic needs with regard to health care, education, negotiating the streets and, of course, employment. We are facing a huge challenge ? the state politics of neglect.”

Speakers at the event included AUC alumna Caroline Maher ’09, who works at Helm nongovernmental organization and is a global taekwondo champion; Soha Mahmoud, a member of the Down Syndrome Support group and the Zayee Zayek national campaign; Heba Hagrass, an AUC alumna and advocate for the disabled, who gave an overview of the current environment for people with disabilities; and Ahmed Harara, an activist who lost both of his eyes. Recalling his personal experience of learning to navigate life after losing his sight, Harara called on AUCians to “use their resources and privileges to invent technologies that make life easier for those with disabilities.” He noted that even though he could afford to buy an expensive device that allows him to interact digitally with the world, millions of others cannot afford such new technologies. “My hope is that AUCians can change that,” he said.

Helm nongovernmental organization was co-founded by AUC alumni Amena El-Saie ’11 and Ramez Maher ’12 in 2011 to promote the employment and integration of disabled Egyptians into society. Helm AUC was founded in Spring 2013. “The club's primary goal is to promote awareness of the disabled in Egypt, engage all AUC students to be proactive members of the University community and off campus, and foster a universal mission of realizing full rights for disabled people in Egypt,” El-Saie affirmed.

Helm NGO plans to expand to more educational institutions, noted El-Saie, while Helm AUC has a number of initiatives prepared for the Spring 2014 semester. “We have a rigorous plan to act on our vision of integrating people with disabilities into mainstream society,” said El Hawary. “

Next semester, we hope to initiate new projects including enhancing the physical fitness and health of disabled people on campus; helping high-school students with disabilities apply for higher education; publishing a newsletter; serving the disabled community of Ezbet El Hagana informal settlement; holding a regular bazaar where associations can sell products made by people with disabilities; and offering English classes to disabled people.”

International Disability Day was organized by Helm AUC and Helm nongovernmental organization, in partnership with the Right to Live Association, Special Olympics, the Anglican Church and the Office of Student Support’s disability unit.

According to the International Day of People with Disability website, the global event is sanctioned by the United Nations and aims to advance the cause of people with disability, promoting “support for their dignity, rights and well-being.”

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