By Innocent Atuganyira
Children With Disabilities (CWD’s) in Masindi district have complained of being discriminated both at home and learning institutions.
They have revealed that their rights are being violated including denial of food, education, locked indoor among others.
Caroline Kemigisa 12, a resident of Walyoba village in Pakanyi sub county explained that they experience many challenges that range from nicknaming them, locking them indoor more especially when there are visitors, denial of food among others.
She has appealed to the government to sensitize the community on importance of CWD’s. “Those violating our rights should be arrested and punished because we face a lot of stigma,” She noted.
Muganyizi Henry 10, a resident of Bulima town council explains there rights are violated both at learning institutions and homes, and this has forced many of them to drop out of schools.
He is therefore appealing to leaders to give them opportunity to have radio talk shows to sensitize the community, and promote equal rights since they are greatly affected.
Mr. William Mwambu the male councilor representing People With Disabilities (PWD’s) in Masindi district has encouraged parents to enroll children with disabilities in learning institutions and promote their rights.
Mwambu has therefore vowed to arrest and take parents who violet CWD’s rights to courts of law noting they are also human being.
On the concerns raised by CWD’s, Mwambu has revealed that they had a challenge of movement but they are planning to have radio talk shows to sensitise the community mostly in the affected areas.
He has also promised to cooperate with the teachers and education department through children rights clubs to sensitize the children in the institutions to curb the above challenges face by CWD’s.
Ms. Violet Asiimwe the Education Officer in charge of special needs noted that there is a need to increase enrollment of CWD’s in learning institutions.
She has also encouraged parents to enroll CWD’s to learning institutions when they are still young noting that they have many opportunities, and they can be important citizens.