“Inclusion matters: Access and empowerment of people of all abilities”
The YHFG join the world to commemorate the international day of persons with disabilities today 3rd December and appeals to the Government of Ghana to leave no one behind and include youth and young persons with disabilities in all decision making processes and development programmes at all levels.
The 2010 Population and Housing Census report on children, adolescents and young people in Ghana indicated that 19% (N=18,573,825) of youth from age 0-35 reported one form of disability or another. This is a huge youthful population that should not indeed be forgotten in the national agenda.
This year’s theme is “Inclusion matters: Access and empowerment of people of all abilities” under the slogan “Leave no one behind”. This day highlights the need to prioritize the needs and participation of persons with disabilities particularly children and youth with disabilities in realizing the sustainable development goals and their inclusion in all programmes.
The YHFG and its youth partners appeals to the Government and all other stakeholders to invest in data collection and statistics on youth with disabilities, participation of youth with disabilities in all decision making processes and development programmes at all levels. But most especially in education, health, sports and employment programmes. The YHFG is exemplary in this direction as demonstrated by her annual “I can do anything tournament” a soccer tournament that is organise each year to highlight the plight of disable youth and confirm the saying that disability is not inability. The 2015 tournament just ended two weeks ago in Bolgatanga and the disable youth participants did proof once again that all young people can indeed do anything.
Based on this experience, the YHFG calls for involvement of children and youth with disabilities in the development of the national, regional and district development plans, budgets and implementation of the sustainable development goals at all levels in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).
Ag. Executive Director
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