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Intergenerational dialogue on inclusion in Bar

It’s about ability campaign continues in 2011: children discuss social inclusion with representatives of local and national authorities in Bar

BAR, Montenegro, 16 May 2011 – Within the It’s about ability campaign, children with and without disabilities will discuss social inclusion with parents, representatives of local and national authorities and various institutions for children from Bar and Ulcinj, as well as with UNICEF Representative Noala Skinner, in the Hotel “Princess” in Bar from 11.30 until 13.45 on Monday, May 16, 2011.

Following a two day workshop led by the NGO “Centre for Child Rights”, with support from UNICEF, children from Bar and Ulcinj will reflect, listen and exchange ideas on social inclusion with parents, representatives of local and national authorities, Centres for Social Welfare, preschools and primary schools, Parents’ Councils and Associations and representatives of local media.

A UNICEF survey on knowledge, attitudes and practices of citizens in Montenegro towards children with disabilities from 2010 showed considerable social distance on the part of adults towards inclusion of children with disabilities into mainstream education.

On the other side, children speak of sincere friendship, having good time together in classes and on school trips and not being neglected through the inclusive education approach. Children and young people speak of a wish for equal treatment for all children.

For this reason, intergenerational dialogues in 2011 will provide an opportunity for adults all over the country to listen and reflect on children’s experiences and engage together with children in concrete actions that will transform and open local communities to all children.

“True dialogue transforms participants—adults and children alike—by fostering change and new understanding. Our goal is for intergenerational dialogues to build on existing good practice and lead to behaviour change at the local level. Each intergenerational dialogue should result in concrete actions that its participants will take in order to create more opportunities for children with and without disabilities to meet, play, learn and grow up together in their local community.” says UNICEF Montenegro Representative Noala Skinner.


The aim of the campaign “It’s About Ability” is to promote inclusion of children with disabilities into society by stimulating changes in attitudes and practices of the general public towards them. A broad coalition of more than 100 partners supports the “It’s about ability” campaign since September 2010 including: the Government of Montenegro, UNICEF, international community, Associations of Parents of Children with disabilities, Centre for Child Rights and other civil sector organizations promoting child rights, print and electronic media, the private sector, children with and without disabilities and parents from all over the country. In 2011, within the It’s about ability campaign, intergenerational dialogues and a series of various events will be organized throughout the country in order to continue creating opportunities for citizens to interact with children with disability, see their potential, courage, strength and love and welcome them into their hearts, homes and communities.

For additional information, please contact:  
Ms. Jelena Perović, Communication Officer, UNICEF Montenegro
Phone: +382 20 224 277 Ext. 3
Fax: +382 20 224 278
Cell phone: +382 69 225 315
Email: jperovic@unicef.org
Website: www.unicef.org/montenegro
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Unicef-Montenegro/105018479557274


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It’s About Ability - Intergenerational Dialogue on Inclusion

Where: Hotel “Princess”, Bar, May 16, 2011

Agenda

11:30 - 11:45  Welcome note by moderators (representative of the Centre for Child Rights and one child)

11:45 - 13:30  Dialogue between children and invitees

13:30 - 13:45  Conclusions and recommendations of the Intergenerational Dialogue

 

 

 
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