“Society and families must accept and facilitate the inclusion of people with disabilities”
Maputo, 15 October 2013 - Without a change in attitudes, little improvement will occur in the lives of Mozambican children with disabilities. Ignorance about the nature and causes of disability, denial of the existence of children with disabilities, the negative attitude that underestimates their potential and their capabilities, and other barriers to equal opportunity and treatment conspire to silence and marginalize children with disabilities.
Including disability in social and political discourse can help sensitize policymakers and service providers, and underline the fact that disability is part of the human condition. Society as a whole benefits when we focus on the capabilities and potential of children with disabilities.
The inclusion in the education system of children with different types of physical, hearing, visual, mental or other abilities, whether moderate or severe, through the active role and support of teachers and school directors, is essential to ensure the healthy development of all children, in an environment free of stigma and discrimination.
The campaign coincides with the week of social protection 14-19 October.
The campaign includes three public service announcements for television and radio in Portuguese, as well as in Shangaana, Sena and Makua for radio. The campaign targets the entire population, especially caregivers.