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It's About Ability - Local Parliament discussions in Bar and Tivat

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Irma Fetahovic and Djordje Djukic addressing the Parliament in Bar

BAR, NOVEMBER 12, 2010 - TIVAT, NOVEMBER 16, 2010 - The ‘It’s about ability’ campaign reached the coast of Montenegro last week by taking the discussion on inclusion of children with disabilities into two local parliaments: Bar and Tivat.

In Bar, Djordje Djukic, who spoke on behalf of the children’s parliament in his primary school highlighted progress- a special ramp that has been built to facilitate access, t and a special section in the school magazine that gives space to discuss issues of inclusion. However, there are still major obstacles, as the president of the NGO Adria, Ms Marta Andjelic, pointed out. Confirming the results of UNICEF’s survey, Ms. Andjelic mentioned prejudice as one of the major obstacles in ensuring that the rights of children with disabilities are respected.

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Parliament session in Tivat devoted to children with disabilities

In Tivat, the session marked the inauguration of the new assembly hall, which is fully accessible to persons with disability. The mayor, Mr. Miodrag Kankaraš, reminded parliamentarians that the removal of barriers – physical and attitudinal needs to be a continuous effort on the part of the entire community, in order to succeed in the creation of a sustainable, truly inclusive society. Speaking of the municipality’s local plan for children, which pays special attention to inclusive education, Mr.  Kankaraš said that it contributed to the creation of a data base on children in the municipality, their needs and concrete conditions they live and study in. While recognizing the efforts of the municipality, the UNICEF representative, Ms. Noala Skinner noted that Tivat provided a good example of efficient collaboration with nongovernmental organizations and commended the municipality for granting a special place for children with disabilities in its local action plan. She called upon parliamentarians and local activists to do everything possible to facilitate the visible inclusion of children with disabilities into everyday life.
The two coastal municipalities are among the first six in Montenegro to have developed a local plan of action for children which includes important objectives and indicators related to inclusion of vulnerable children. 



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