Member of the platform Howest University of Applied Sciences and Educaid.be joined forces to organise a Connect&Learn moment about inclusion of children with disabilities. As part of their visit to Howest, Rosemary Nambooze and Professor Eddy Walakira from Uganda were happy to share their expertise on this topic.
Rosemary Nambooze is Executive Director of the Angel’s center for children with special needs (ACCSN) in Kampala (Uganda). In this centre, it is the purpose to bring together parents of children with disabilities, raise awareness, help parents with access to medical advise and services and assist them (on the practical, emotional and pedagogical level) in raising their children, support the children in their mental, social and physical development, go against discriminatory practices and work on integration of disabled children in society.
In the short term ACCSN has set up an ‘early learning center for children with special needs’. For children with special needs, it is very important to be stimulated in their development at a very early age (both mentally and physically). Yet, in Uganda there is still a lot to do for children with special needs, there is little follow-up on the child’s development and participation in social life, including going to school, is hard.
“When I gave birth to Abryl, little did I know that my entire life will be totally changed. Being born with down syndrome was one side of the story while the emotional, mental, physical and financial strain on myself and my family was another. Two years of raising our son Abryl opened my eyes to the realities and constraints of raising a child with an intellectual disability(...).” - Rosemary Nambooze