At Humanity School of Learning, we believe that people with disabilities should have equal access to rights, opportunities, and services and be protected from discrimination, abuse, and neglect. Sadly, many with disabilities are routinely denied even the most basic human rights, particularly in our different communities.
In many low-income countries like the Gambia, disability is treated in some places as a stigma; people with disabilities can face discrimination in all aspects of life. Shunned by their community and excluded from school, employment, healthcare, and other services due to direct discrimination or a lack of physical accessibility or appropriate resources, people with disabilities often live in extreme poverty and isolation.
To combat these injustices, Humanity School of Learning is advocating for the rights of people with disabilities at local level and supports the little we can. Many factors contribute to the exclusion of children with disabilities, including discrimination, inaccessible school buildings, a lack of accessible transportation, and a lack of trained teachers and special education resources.
Exclusion from education further perpetuates the vicious cycle of disability and poverty.
We working hard to change these perceptions and opens our doors for children and young people with disabilities through the promotion of inclusive education. The school currently runs this program in the school campus and at home where the handicaps lives.
Inclusive education means education in which all children are welcome in the same classroom and provided with high-quality instruction and the support tools needed to succeed. In practice this requires helping schools and school systems to adapt to the needs each individual child, rather than trying to “fix the child in order to fit the system.” It also involves convincing parents, teachers, and other students that children with disabilities should be accepted and allowed to attend school alongside their peers.