BRIDGE CRPD-SDG training in Uganda
From 12 to 18 April 2018, Uganda hosted the first Module of the Bridge CRPD-SDGs training initiative. The training was organised by the African Disability Forum (ADF) and the National Union of Disabled Persons Uganda (NUDIPU), with the support of the International Disability Alliance (IDA), the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) and their members; and was financed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) and CBM.
The selected 23 participants represented a wide range of organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) and other activists, including persons with intellectual disabilities, psychosocial disabilities, deaf-blindness, physical disabilities, albinism, leprosy, vitiligo, people with cerebral palsy, visual and hearing impairments as well as multiple impairments.
The agenda included detailed analysis and examination of the key concepts and structure of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and an introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Inclusion and accessibility are intrinsic not only to the content, but the whole programme is delivered in a way that reflects the diversity of the group, inclusive of all.
A new generation of trainers with disabilities:
Led by Fatma Haji (Inclusion International) and Michael Njenga (World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, WNUSP), both representing the African Disability Forum (ADF), this intense week was run with the support of a diverse co-facilitation Bridge Alumni team from Uganda: Esther Kyozira (NUDIPU), Patrick Egessa (IFHOH), Robinah Alambuya (WNUSP), Agnes Abukito, Betty Najjemba (UNAD) and George Okudi (DSi). In addition, Martin Babu, CRPD Committee member is also joined the training as CRPD Expert.
Also, this Bridge module is part of the training trajectory of a number of Bridge Alumni involved in eventual upcoming initiatives:
- Regional Bridge: Jenipher Akinyi (II);
- Bridge Tanzania: Elizabeth Ombati (WNUSP) and Rebecca Opetsi (IFSBH);
- Bridge Article 11: Gordon Rattray (CBM);
- Bridge Middle East and North Africa (MENA): Alradi Abdalla (ADD International);
- Bridge French-speaking countries: SIDDO Nouhou and Mahamadou Oumarou (ADF);
- Bridge Portuguese-speaking countries: Fernanda Santana (RIADIS)
Preparation of trainers and under-represented groups:
On the 10 and 11 April, the facilitation team worked through the week, in order to ensure a smooth preparation, in particular, using tools of inclusive facilitation.
In addition, the 11 April was dedicated to the preparation of participants from underrepresented groups. For instance, participants with deafblindness, intellectual disabilities, deaf people, persons with psychosocial disabilities and hard of hearing, received support from the facilitation team, in particular, the ones that are resource persons for the marginalised groups.
The facilitation team was supported by Kathy Al Ju'beh (CBM) and Tchaurea Fleury (IDA-IDDC Bridge CRPD-SDGs Coordinator), with distant support from Berhanu Tefera (ADF).
Background and aim of the BRIDGE CRPD-SDG training:
The BRIDGE CRPD-SDGs aims to support organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) and disability rights' advocates to develop an inclusive (all persons with disabilities) and comprehensive (all human rights) CRPD perspective on development, including the post-2015 agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This will reinforce their advocacy for inclusion and realisation of rights of persons with disabilities.