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Rwanda, 27 March 2015: National partnership on children with disabilities

By Sid Shrestha

27 March 2015, KIGALI, Rwanda – Today, Honourable Dr. Alvera Mukabaramba, Minister of State for the Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC) launched the National Partnership on Children with Disabilities. In a meeting that saw the participation of all stakeholders from the Government, Civil Society Organizations, International NGOs, bilateral and multilateral organizations, Dr. Alvera called upon all participants to better coordinate their efforts to listen and respond to the needs of children with disabilities.

“It is high time that children with disabilities enjoy the same rights as other children” stressed Honourable Dr. Alvera.

In order to fast track the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the Government of Rwanda instituted both the National Commission for Children (NCC) and the National Council of People with Disabilities (NCPD) which are both mandated to ensure that the rights of persons with disabilities are given full attention.

A series of presentations were delivered by UNICEF Rwanda, NCPD and NCC emphasising on the partnerships and the urgent need to support children with disabilities in Rwanda – Global partnerships, children rights and overview of children with disabilities in Rwanda.

“This event today is a part of the journey to ensure all children with disabilities are provided equal opportunities to realise their full potential. The priorities for the children with disabilities are definitely recognized for which I thank the Government of Rwanda for its leadership and commitment.” said Noala Skinner, Representative of UNICEF Rwanda. “On behalf of the One UN, we are committed to support the efforts made for our children with disabilities” she added.

In order to move the commitment of all partners forward in supporting the children with disabilities agenda, Hon. MINALOC State Minister and UNICEF Representative signed the commitment document on the partnership.

“It is now the right time to have adequate coordination of all interventions to support children with disabilities, I call upon all Government institutions, Civil Society Organizations, Development partners, academia and all other institutions to mainstream children with disabilities into their programming”. Alvera Mukabaramba, Minister of State in charge of Social Affairs and community Development in MINALOC.

The event concluded successfully with an inspiring performance by the children from Kibeho Blind Institute – a mix of both dance and drama.

The future ahead looks bright…



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