Untying the knot for children with disabilities
The European Union and UNICEF launch a public campaign to promote inclusion of children with disabilities in Kosovo
Children with disabilities in Kosovo suffer from a lack of early identification and support by the health and education systems, as well as widespread exclusion from school. While 8 percent of children have functional difficulties in at least one domain, only small percentage of children with disabilities are currently attending primary education in the formal education system.
To address this, UNICEF in Kosovo, with the financial support from the European Union in Kosovo, and in collaboration with various partners including the private sector, launched #AllInInclusion, #UntietheKnot campaign, calling decision makers, civil society, and the public in Kosovo to work together to make the rights and needs of people and children with disabilities our common priority.
#UntieTheKnot is an art installation that symbolizes the multiple and inter-twined challenges that children with disabilities face in their daily lives. Despite some progress, inaccessibility of public spaces and transport, lack of inclusive education, insufficient health and other social services, and the lack of integrated and adequate laws still makes life tough for them. To make a positive change, we have united, and we are supporting to #UntieTheKnot.
At the central level, we have placed a three-meter knot, made by 2000 meters of rope which symbolized the challenges that children with disabilities in Kosovo endure, calling on decision makers, communities, and private sector to address the issue of children with disabilities in Kosovo.
The campaign is focused on:
- Advocacy for approving the law that puts children at the center
- Enable accessible public spaces for all children especially for children with disabilities especially in playgrounds, health facilities, classrooms and toilets.
- Inclusive environment where all children have the right to learn together in the same schools, play together in the same playground and be part of the community and have access to information and communication.
- Fight stigma and discrimination by seeing them moving on the streets, learning in the schools, and playing in the playgrounds.
We will roll-out the campaign in four other municipalities calling for concrete actions for children with disabilities. Moreover, we will reach out to individuals, influential decision-makers, local groups, businesses, and media. We're also working to ensure that children with disabilities, their parents, and leaders from various communities and religious backgrounds join the campaign.
As our campaign unfolds, we will produce diverse materials such as videos and human-interest stories. These resources will be designed to be comprehensible for everyone, regardless of their disability, language, or culture. Our goal is to affect tangible positive changes in the lives of children with disabilities in Kosovo. Both UNICEF and the European Union are committed to making a lasting and meaningful impact for these children.
You can join the inclusion campaign by sharing key asks for the inclusion of children with disabilities in Kosovo on your own social media channels.
Together, we can help create safer, more inclusive environments for all children.
Don't forget to use hashtags: #AllinInclusion #UntietheKnot