In Rwanda, the disability organisations are working on schooling and health issues and on increasing knowledge among the public and decision-makers about different disabilities and what they entail.
Rwanda has come a long way since 1994, when the nation suffered the terrible effects of genocide. National reforms and political change in a number of areas have led to a greater focus on giving Rwanda’s most marginalised and vulnerable people, including persons with disabilities, better opportunities. Rwanda has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2008) and approved a number of legal instruments and policies, but most have not been implemented fully or at all.
In 2014, the umbrella organisation NUDOR conducted a campaign in five districts. One key element of the campaigns was letting persons with disabilities tell their stories and share their experiences and challenges concerning school. Another important aspect was monitoring enrolment of children with disabilities in 14 of the district’s schools.
The local education authorities have established new working groups for inclusive education. These working groups include representatives from NUDOR, the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, the Education Ministry, the National Commission for Human Rights, the Ministry of Local Government and Handicap International.
The joint advocacy work also helped disability to become defined as a trans-agency issue in Rwanda’s strategy for economic development and poverty reduction 2013–2018 (EDPRS II). This has led the Ministry of Local Government to develop guidelines for these overarching issues, and more persons with disabilities are now covered by the government’s programme for poverty reduction.
In 2014, RUB – Rwanda Union of the Blind won an award for its work in educating, engaging and giving a voice to persons with impaired vision. The award was presented in Paris by the Leitner Centre for International Law and Justice. RUB highlights its partnerships and media reporting as contributory factors in the organisation’s success.
Office in Rwanda
Phone: +250 788 38 11 25
Road KIMIHURURA Plot nr 84, Avenue DIANE FOSSEY
(KG 674 Str Nr 28), Kimihurura Cell,
Kimihurura Sector, GASABO District, Kigali City-Rwanda, Rwanda
Partner organizations in Rwanda
- NUDOR – National Union of Disabilities’ Organisations of Rwanda
- ANSP+ National Associatin for the Support to People living HIV/AIDS
- Collectif TUBAKUNDE
- RNUD – Rwanda National Union of the Deaf
- RUB – Rwanda Union of the Blind