Young Voices campaigners from Botswana educated teachers at an educational workshop through a presentation on various barriers to inclusion including attitudinal, architectural, and technological. The audience applauded their efforts and said that discrimination can be a result of antagonism rather than ignorance.
Young Voices ran a programme to reach all young people with disabilities attending the University of the Philippines. They agreed on a joint outreach programme, which was held at a local high school. Young Voices hopes to hold similar projects with other universities in the future.
A campaigner in the Budaka group arranged for time to speak to her church’s congregation about the need for children with disabilities to have an education. She urged parents to take their disabled children to school and work towards an end to discrimination.
Young Voices in the Philippines has long been involved with an inclusive youth centre in the capital, Manila. This award-winning centre hosted wheelchair basketball and dancing on wheels demonstrations during its ‘school-to-school project’ that brings together young people with and without disabilities. The Young Voices spoke about disability issues with students, teachers, local government councillors and the mayor to raise their profile among legislators and fellow citizens.
Young Voices of Bahay Biyaya provided educational toys and supplies to children with disabilities in their area. Parents and siblings were included in the project’s events, giving Young Voices the opportunity to talk to them about growing up with a disability. The children also looked to Young Voices as role models for their future.