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UK youth promote disability rights in Kampala, earn recognition

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A judging panel comprising a representative from organisations of persons with disabilities, the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development and BHC Kampala reviewed their entries and identified the winners based on their leadership, advocacy and impact. The winners are Wokobera Shamim, Khasalamwa Esther, Nandudu Vanessa Esther, Kamukama Tadeo and Elijah Yunik.  

The BHC Kampala is a strong supporter of disability inclusion, especially in education, social protection, and health. The UK has funded Expanding Social Protection II programme and the inclusive education programme under the Girls’ Education Challenge. The Expanding Social Protection II programme supported the Government of Uganda to develop a disability management information system to assist with the implementation of the National Special Disability Grant. The Girls’ Education Challenge has supported 2,500 children with disabilities benefit from learning opportunities through scholarships, provision of assistive devices and capacity building for teachers.

H.E. Kate Airey OBE, British High Commissioner to Uganda said: I want to congratulate these individuals on their efforts to promote the rights of and amplify the voices of persons with disabilities in Uganda. They have demonstrated excellent leadership and commitment, showing us how we can all do more to ensure people of all abilities are enabled to live up to their full potential. The British High Commission is committed to ensuring all our programmes and activities enable Persons with Disabilities to participate and shape our work.

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