In July 2018, we brought you the nitty gritty of the first ever Global Disability Summit in London, that had been co-hosted by Kenya and the U.K governments, on The Chamwada Report. We focused on the plight of persons with disabilities under the hashtag #LeaveNoOneBehind. The key pointers discussed in the 2018 summit included; finding ways to increase disability inclusion ad tackle stigma in low-income countries.
This time round, CHAMS media team takes you through what has happened since then. One year on, key stakeholders gathered at National Council for Persons with Disabilities in Westlands, Nairobi; on Friday 26th July 2019, to celebrate the achievements the country has made towards disability inclusion and to reflect on what more needs to be done. During the function attended by the outgoing British High Commissioner to Kenya Nick Hailey a new initiative to boost inclusivity in education was launched.
The British High Commissioner launched two key initiatives; Innovation to Inclusion and Inclusion works. The two new launched UK funded programs shall bring together a consortium of influential partners who will work collaboratively to ensure persons with disabilities, a critically under-utilized talent pool, are actively recruited and retained in meaningful employment in the private sector.
Other key take-home messages from the summit were inclusive education and the use of technology and innovation to empower persons with disabilities.
Like in many other areas, Kenya has put in place progressive policy and legal frameworks with the intention of improving lives of Persons with Disability. However, implementation of these and many other policies and legal frameworks, have been weak. This is what stakeholders hope will change even as Kenya stays true to the commitments made during the Global Disability Summit.