Today, the UK Department for International Development (UK DFID), along with co-hosts the International Disability Alliance and the Government of Kenya, is hosting the first ever Global Disability Summit in London.
Comic Relief has signed the Summit’s ‘Charter for Change’ which focuses on the importance of ensuring the rights, freedoms, dignity and inclusion for all people with disabilities, putting their voices at the forefront of change.
Through our partnership with DFID, Comic Relief is delivering the All In, All Learning! initiative which aims to improve educational opportunities for the poorest and most disadvantaged in sub-Saharan Africa – including children with disabilities – whilst building stronger and more inclusive education systems.
The programme recognises that early childhood is a key opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life, and for children with disabilities this is especially important. For example, Leonard Cheshire Disability’s work in Tanzania, co-funded by Comic Relief and DFID, is working to ensure 1000 children with disabilities are enrolled in school. It also supports communities and teachers to address stigma and help children to thrive.
Liz Warner, CEO of Comic Relief, said: “Supporting children to achieve their full potential and lead happy and healthy lives is something we are committed to at Comic Relief.
“We are proud to be working in partnership with DFID to make a real difference to children’s lives, including those with disabilities.”