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Promoting Educational Inclusion Of Albinism Children

Promoting Educational Inclusion Of Albinism Children.

Parents of children with albinism have been urged not to confine their children at home for fear of stigmatization, but rather to send them to school.

Juma Balesa, Secretary-General of Persons Living with Albinism (PWAs) in Tana River, said during a post-event to mark International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD) in Chewani Primary School that by educating their children, parents will benefit from the fruits of an education in the future.

“In terms of education, people with disabilities also need to have equal rights because they have disabilities and weaknesses, and the thing that will make their lives better is not something else, not land, not clothing, it is education,” Balesa said.

“If a disabled person is educated, he or she will be able to do whatever they want, so those parents who are here and you have disabled children make sure you educate them,” he added.

Employers were urged to prioritize hiring people with disabilities so that they can improve their lives and care for their families.

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Balesa believes that education is the answer to the rising cost of living: “If those who do not have disabilities are complaining about the rise in basic commodities, what should the disabled say?”

“Parents who have children with disabilities look at the current status of the economy and then imagine when your child becomes an adult with his children what life will be like,” he noted.

According to Hamisi Bakari, Treasurer of PWAs and a secondary school teacher by profession, parents of children with skin disabilities should encourage them to take care of them and send them to school because school is the children’s backbone, and getting an education will help them in the future.


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Bakari praised the government for providing free sunscreen lotions through the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) to protect PWAs from the effects of harmful sun rays that cause skin cancer.

He says PWAs have a lot of problems, especially with the sun; when the sun is scorching, the sun’s rays affect their skin.

He thanked the government for providing them with sunscreen lotion.
“We can walk anywhere in Kenya because that lotion is very good,” he said.

He did advise the government, however, to raise awareness about albinism because some people still have a negative attitude toward people with skin defects, and some believe it is a curse.

Promoting Educational Inclusion Of Albinism Children

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