| Quality Education and lifelong learning opportunities
ANDY works to advance access to education for children and youth with disabilities both within the inclusive,integrated and special school settings,while emphasizing the need for educational facilities to be accessible in promotion of inclusive education.
We see education as the biggest liberator for persons with disabilities and thus an important investment in children and young people with disabilities.Our work is to ensure that children and youth with disabilities are not left behind as a matter of basic right enshrined in our constitution and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
We broadly look at education as both formal and informal and as is appropriate to one`s disability,ambitions in life. Skills and knowledge acquisition is therefore an important component of our work through various methodologies that allow our constituent to benefit and succeed in life.
Under this pillar, we are implementing the following projects:
For children, sport, play and exercise are vital for optimal growth and learning, stimulating physical, cognitive, emotional and social development. But the benefits of sport extend far beyond the individual. Through sport, we can lay the groundwork for positive, lasting change on the societal level.
ANDY in partnership with Able Child Africa is implementing a three year project: changing the game; sports for inclusion in six schools within Nairobi and Kiambu. The project which started in March 2016 is using sports as a tool to reach out to children with disabilities who are out of school.
The main goal of the project is using sports to increase access to quality basic education for children with disabilities. The project is also using sports to promote integration between children with disabilities and those without disabilities; hence eliminating stigma that comes along with disability.
The project activities includes: weekly games trainings in schools, inter-school sports friendly matches between special schools and mainstream,child rights clubs activities teacher’s ,training on inclusive education and child rights, Annual inclusive sports festival among others.
The sporting activities include: sitting volleyball, foot sole, goal ball, soccer, board games etc
In partnership with Yetu, an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation, ANDY is carrying out a local fundraising campaign drive to raise support for scholarships for children with disabilities; the campaign aims to raise an initial amount of 9 Million to support over 90 children with disabilities who are out of school, to access basic education. ANDY’s main targets are children with disabilities from impoverished homes.
According to the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development report (2017), there are over 1.2 million children with disabilities in the Country. Out of these, 30% are not able to access education; of the 70 percent who can access education, more than 50% cannot afford to stay in school and complete their studies due to various additional expenses that disability comes with, including assertive devices such as white canes, wheelchairs or crutches.
NikoEducatable! campaign will establish a sponsorship and scholarship fund to support between 90 and 900 children with disabilities to access basic education and provide support in purchase of assertive devices.