16 June 2016 - In Tanzania, most students with albinism attend school alongside peers who don’t live with this condition. The idea behind this approach is that such inclusion will ultimately eliminate discrimination against those with albinism – important in a country where as many as one in 1,400 people are affected. Albinism, which is a defect of melanin production, comes with a number of associated health problems: poor vision, functional blindness, light sensitivity and skin that is very sensitive to heat and the sun.

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1 April 2016 - Melissa Stanford is 14 years old and dreams of becoming a lawyer. The sixth-grade student lives at a residential school run by the Our Lady of Kilimanjaro Sisters in northern Tanzania, where she is at the top of her class and helps the sisters take care of the younger students, some of whom have physical disabilities.

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03/12/2015 - On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, SRSG Santos Pais calls for an end to violence against children with disabilities and adds her voice to the Campaign to #ENDViolence against Children with Disabilities.

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18 August 2015 - An estimated half a million children with disabilities have been shut out of South Africa's education system, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on August 18 2015 at a joint event with South Africa's Human Rights Commission in Johannesburg.

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7 August 2015 - It was a gathering of champions yesterday when the Special Olympics Nigeria hosted the 42 Athletes, who won a total of 71 medals for the country at the just concluded World Games in Los Angeles, United States.

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25 JULY 2015 - First Lady Esther Lungu has warned that Zambia is doing itself a de-service by denying children with disabilities an opportunity to participate in day-to-day activities.

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The Day of the African Child is celebrated on 16 June every year in commemoration of the 1976 massacre of SOWETO children in the then apartheid South Africa. The theme for this year is "Rights of Children with Disability: Duty to Protect, to Respect, to Promote, and to Fulfil". We present below a collection of resources on this year's theme including a message from the Chairperson of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, C a statement by the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children and much more. We believe that these resources are important in promoting this year's theme. Any related submissions are welcome (please send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).


 

African UnionMessage of the Chairperson of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) on the occasion of the 22nd Commemoration of the Day of the African Child (DAC), 2012 l English l French l

Theme: Rights of Children with Disability: Duty to Protect, to Respect, to Promote, and to Fulfil

Concept Note, Day of the African Child 2012, African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) l English l French l

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Marta Santos PaisMessage of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children on the 22nd edition of the Day of the African Child l Download l

 


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The Sixth Civil Society Organisations Forum on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (CSO Forum), 21-23 March, 2012, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Report of the Sixth Civil Society Forum on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child l Download l

Communique to African States by Sixth CSO Forum on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) l English l French l

Recommendations to the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) by the Sixth CSO Forum on the ACRWC l English l French l

Key Recommendations from the Sixth CSO Forum on the ACRWC for Submission to the ACERWC l English l French l

Commitments of Civil Society Organisations at the Sixth CSO Forum on the ACRWC l English l French l

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Prohibiting and Eliminating All Corporal Punishment of Children with Disabilities in Africa, Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children l English l French l

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NEWS

Swaziland to be a child-friendly country – DPM

UNICEF calls for social inclusion of children with disabilities in Africa

NIGERIA: Minister Decries Rising Bias Against Disabled Children

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11 November 2012 - Sentayehu Feleqe,14, is a grade nine student. He came from Tullubolo, Oromia to Cheshire's Menagesha Rehabilitation Centre to get treatment for his leg illness.

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4 October 2012 - Art programmes have widely been considered unaffordable luxuries by Swaziland's public schools, but one school has broken from the pack, using art to improve academic performance and economic prospects for students with disabilities.

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21 September 2012 - It was only when her daughter, then five years old, was playing near railway tracks in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, and failed to hear the whistle of an oncoming train that Marie Louise Rasoamanalina, 46, realized the child had hearing difficulties.

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