IASE Message of the week

14th – 20th April 2019

In 2017, a blind female lawyer from Ethiopia was given the RIGHT LIVELIHOOD AWARD for her inspiring work of promoting the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities. As she received the award she said: “I started my fight, not by telling people, but by showing people that I’m able to contribute. I have one disability BUT I HAVE 99 ABILITIES”. Maybe those of us who perceive ourselves as having ABILITIES need to acknowledge that we have one serious DISABILITY, namely the INABILITY of appreciating the ABILITIES of those we call “persons with DISABILITIES”!

7th – 13th April 2019

President J. F. Kennedy was once quoted saying: “We must promote to the best of our ability and by all possible and appropriate means the mental and physical health of all our citizens”.

To-date, the welfare of people with disabilities globally is not a given. Persons with disabilities and their families find themselves using a lot of energy and time to follow up on their rights. If decision makers at all levels would include people with special needs in their actual implementation and promote their well-being “to the best of their ability and by all possible and appropriate means”, we would all be living in a very different world!

24th – 30th March 2019

When talking about “persons with disabilities” we often think of others, particularly those who were born with special conditions. But reality shows that anyone can acquire disability in the course of life. It may become a temporary condition or a permanent one. Serious illnesses, accidents, aging, exposure to harmful environment and other factors can change our lives completely. Let us therefore live each day with humility because from womb to tomb anything can happen!

17th – 23rd March 2019

“Let me win, but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt”. This is the Motto of THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS – games that have engaged athletes with intellectual disabilities around the world since 1968. We live in a world where some people end up losing because they never get the chance to be brave in the first place. But if we allow ourselves to envision a world where everyone’s abilities and gifts rightly come into expression, we can all regard ourselves as winners!

10th – 16th March 2019

The MISSION of the IASE is “to promote awareness and understanding of issues and developments related to education and welfare of individuals with special needs throughout the world”. In July 2019, SEKOMU will become a ‘melting pot’ of nationalities, cultures and ethnicities in a common search for inclusive educational and welfare systems.

3rd – 9th March 2019

SEKOMU will be the first Tanzanian institution to host an International Association of Special Education (IASE) biennial conference! Let us thank God for this opportunity. May SEKOMU be strengthened in its mission of bringing joy where there is grief, harmony where there is disruption and hope where there is despair!