Theme- Enabling the Differently-abled
“The time has come for us to all move forward and promote the cause of people with disabilities. The dire situation of persons with disabilities all across the world including Pakistan requires more attention so that the unique needs of special people could be catered to.” – Shazia Marri, Provincial Minister for Information (Chief Guest for Enabling the Differently-Abled)
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was celebrated on 03 December 2009 by NOWPDP and Children’s Museum for Peace & Human Rights (CMPHR) along with other partnering agencies. The event had two main objectives:
- Provide an opportunity for the accomplishments of children with disabilities to be recognized
- Raise awareness to the organizations working on disability
Over 300 students from mainstream and special education schools, and representatives of Civil Society Organisations attended the event titled “Enabling the Differently-Abled”.
- The event provided a platform for recognition of the strong youth support for the ratification of the UN Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
- Special awards were distributed among school students for their efforts in collecting 941,924 signatures on a petition to the Government of Pakistan for the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
- 12 schools were given special awards for collecting more than 25,000 signatures each.
- Speech from the Sindh Minister for Information, Shazia Marri, highlighting the need for moving forward to promote the cause of people with disabilities.
- Electronic and Print media coverage.
The event was attended by the following partner organizations:
- Special Olympics Pakistan
- JS Academy for the Deaf
- Institute of Behavioral Psychology
- Show You Care
- Karachi Vocational Training Centre
- Ida Rieu School for the Deaf and Blind
At a Glance:
Event Overview: “I am neither an optimist, nor a pessimist; but a possibilist” – Max Lerner
To work towards the aim of enabling the differently-abled, NOWPDP and CMPHR organized the event on International Day for the differently-abled that recognized the accomplishments of the differently-abled.
Event Date: 3rd December 2009
Impact: 500 attendees
Funding Source: None required