Leonard Cheshire services to support 500 children with disabilities get a school place in Amolatar, Uganda

24 November 2017

Denis with his parentsFive hundred children with disabilities will get a primary school education in Amolatar, Uganda thanks to a new grant for the international charity.

The award of nearly $800,000 dollars over three years from Dubai Cares will enable Leonard Cheshire Services Uganda to run an inclusive education project in the Amolatar District of the country. 

Amolatar has a higher prevalence of children with disabilities than other parts of the country according to UNICEF. 

The grant will enable Leonard Cheshire to work with local community organisations, as well as government and people living in the area to leave a lasting legacy of inclusive education. 

Around ten primary schools in the district will be involved, with 130 teachers given training.

Children are starting to be identified to benefit from the work Leonard Cheshire will undertake.

They include 13-year-old Denis, from the Abarler Parish. His leg was amputated at the age of 11, following a suspected infection. Although he initially had a place at a local school, he faced bullying and problems accessing the building, which made him drop out.  

His father said:

‘I am very happy with what Leonard Cheshire Services is doing in our community. I also have a lot of hope that my son shall re-join school with their support.’

Denis is now due to start school again in February 2018. 

Around 13% of children in Uganda have a disability, which translates to 2.5 million children across the country. Each year, across Africa and Asia, Leonard Cheshire Disability works with its partners to support more than 12,000 adults and children with disabilities to access education and employment.

Factors that contribute to children with disabilities getting an education can include lack of adequate resources, inaccessible school environments and attitudes to disability.

Tiziana Oliva, international executive director at Leonard Cheshire Disability, said:

‘Lack of a proper education damages children’s chances of securing employment and supporting their families later on in life. 

‘This generous grant from Dubai Cares will enable us to work with local communities in this part of Uganda to develop inclusive education opportunities that can help create much brighter futures for people with disabilities.’

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For more information please contact Robert Boyland on robert.boyland@leonardcheshire.org or call +44 20 3242 0290

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