Training on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The training will gather 35 representatives of Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) and local administrations, from 1 to 4 July 2013 in Banda Aceh, to exchange on best-practice solutions, and start problem-solving and issue-focused debates on disabilities. The session is part of a programme launched by the UNESCO Office in Jakarta in April 2013 to promote the social inclusion of disabled people in Indonesia.
First training of a series of trainings which will be implemented by the UNESCO Office Jakarta during the next months, this session aims to increase the knowledge on disability rights in general and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in particular.
Just a few weeks after a national dialogue on the inclusion of disabled persons was organized by UNESCO in Indonesia, on 11 June, this three-day workshop will put emphasis on the right to education of disabled persons, and their right to participate in social, cultural and political life.
This program fits into a wider framework of effective implementation of policies in favour of people living with disabilities in Indonesia. Its aim is to stimulate fruitful debate on ways to better the lives and improve accessibility to services for disabled people.
Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) and municipal representants from Banda Aceh, invited to participate in the training organized by UNESCO, will have the opportunity to share best-practice policies and tangible ways of improving the conditions for the social inclusion of people living with disabilities.
According to UNESCO, persons with disabilities should not be the passive recipients of charity but active citizens in an inclusive society, entitled to equal rights, services and opportunities.
With the ostensible aim of stimulating this paradigm shift through civic engagement to protect and enhance their rights, the UNESCO Office in Jakarta has launched an inter-municipality project, in April 2013. This is the ideal venue to strengthen coordination between DPOs and local governments on two specific topics: the right to education and participation in social, political and cultural life of the community. Not only will the event seek to promote civic engagement of people with disabilities to protect and enforce their rights, it will also contribute to heightened sensibility amongst local decision-makers to open the state’s services and to provide adequate protection to include people living with disabilities who are currently barred from enjoying their rights due to architectural, cultural and social barriers.
Indonesia ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2011. Nonetheless, consultative meetings conducted by the UNESCO Office Jakarta have recently put in evidence the need to increase the knowledge on disability rights in general and the UNCRPD in particular.