Children discuss inclusion with Rambo Amadeus, UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador
It’s about ability – awareness raising campaign on inclusion of children with disabilities by UNICEF, Government of Montenegro, EU Delegation to Montenegro, Associations of parents of children with disabilities and other partners
TIVAT, November 4, 2010 – Within the It’s about ability campaign, UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador Rambo Amadeus together with the Deputy Minister of Education Vesna Vucurovic will join the special session about inclusion of children with disabilities based on UNICEF’s publications It’s about ability in the primary school “Drago Milovic” in Tivat on November 4, 2010 from 11.30 to 12.30.
Within the It’s about ability campaign, UNICEF Montenegro launched two booklets - “It’s About Ability. An Explanation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” and “It’s About Ability. Learning Guide on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”. They describe what the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is about in a child-friendly way, accentuated by drawings and pictures. Children learn from these booklets the reasons the creation of the first human rights Convention of the 21st century - Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Apart from the summary of the Convention, the booklets suggest concrete actions that can be taken to help children with disabilities realize their rights. The publications aim at empowering children and young people to become advocates of inclusion and to raise awareness at an early age for the importance of an inclusive society. The publications have been distributed to all primary schools and children’s institutions in Montenegro in order to support teachers and other professionals working with children to raise their awareness about the rights of children with disabilities and to help them undertake concrete actions to make their schools and communities fully inclusive.
"I would like to invite all primary schools in Montenegro to use the It’s about ability booklets to organize sessions about inclusion at classes and school parliaments just like we are doing in Tivat on November 4." says Deputy Minister of Education Vesna Vucurovic.
"Our survey shows that many Montenegro’s citizens are not informed about the rights of children with disabilities. We believe that learning about this from early age is the best way to support sustainable inclusion of children with disabilities in Montenegro", says UNICEF Montenegro Representative Noala Skinner.
According to the UNICEF supported knowledge, attitudes and behaviour survey conducted among 1,000 Montenegrin citizens in August 2010, just slightly more than one out of ten citizens state that they know a lot about children with disabilities, while the rest are evenly distributed between those who claim that they know nothing or very little (44%) and those who state that they know something (43%). Citizens who know a lot about these children are also more optimistic regarding the possibility of their inclusion into the society.
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