MEC and Karuna Myanmar Social Services (KMSS) Pathein jointly organised an advocacy event on Disability Inclusive Education with the theme ‘We are the same’ at the Roman Catholic Church in Mayan Chaung, Pathein.
Altogether 250 people attended the event on 23 May 2015, including government officials from the Ayeyarwaddy Region. The event was held with three main objectives which were:
- to increase awareness of Inclusive Education (IE) for disabled children in the Ayeyarwaddy Region
- to promote participation of parents, educators and local authorities in this MEC-funded IE project and
- to strengthen networking among NGOs and government officials in implementing the IE project.
It was the first advocacy event in the area on inclusive education with regional government participation. There was a children’s panel discussion where disabled children shared their situation and the challenges they face with everyday issues like going to school. There was also a video documentary screening.
Parents expressed pride in their children, who were on the stage and talking confidently to the public and the government about their experiences and advocating for their right to education.