IASE Message of the week

24th – 30th June 2019

AFRICA HAS 54 COUNTRIES. Two of them – South Africa and Namibia – have previously hosted biennial IASE conferences. This year, the 16th Biennial IASE Conference will take place at SEKOMU. Tanzania will therefore go down to history as the 3rd African country to host a biennial IASE conference!

God bless Africa! God bless Tanzania! God bless IASE!

17th – 23rd June 2019

48 YEARS AGO, the UN adopted the “Declaration on the Rights of Mentally Retarded Persons”. At the UN General Assembly held in 1971, several rights of persons with intellectual disabilities were stated. These included economic security, qualified guardian, protection from exploitation and access to legal procedures.

The least deserve the best!

10th – 16th June 2019

Princess Diana was 36 years old when she died in a car accident in Paris twenty-two years ago. During the last year of her life, she visited war-zones in Angola and Bosnia-Herzegovina to meet victims of landmines. In this way, she supported the campaign to ban the manufacturing and use of landmines world wide. Shortly after Princess Diana’s death, 122 countries signed up to the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty!

Unfortunately, there are countries where landmines are still killing people and causing disabilities. The IASE Conference in July will be an opportunity for us to share advocacy strategies on how to ensure that agreements aimed at preventing disabilities and loss of lives around the world are implemented!

3rd – 9th June 2019

IN 1961, Tanzania mainland (Tanganyika) got its independence. Therefore, this year we are going to celebrate 58 years of independence. What historic event would be more befitting a nation celebrating its 58th anniversary of independence than hosting an International Association of Special Education conference for the very first time?

26th May – 2nd June 2019

SOME YEARS AGO, a father visited Irente School for the Blind. He was bringing his son who had lost his sight at the age of 10 due to skin cancer. While the teachers were receiving the new pupil, they also had to counsel and comfort the father who was crying inconsolably. In one way or the other, parents to children who develop disabilities after birth struggle with a “loss” even if those children are alive. With the new situation, dreams about that child’s future are shattered and uncertainty arises. Understanding this “loss” is an important step in offering counselling to these parents!

19th – 25th May 2019

In 1964, DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, as a recognition of his resistance to racial prejudice and discrimination in America. 55 years later, the 16th biennial conference of IASE is to take place in Tanzania as a step in fighting prejudice and discrimination of persons with disabilities around the globe.

Resistance to prejudice and discrimination based on race or disability or any other factor must involve everyone everywhere everyday!

12th – 18th May 2019

Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said: “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop”. Just as the ocean wouldn’t be an ocean without the drops that make it, IASE can’t be what it is without its members, volunteers and supporters – those who IMAGINE, INNOVATE, INSPIRE and IMPLEMENT. May the “drops” that form IASE continue to flow together as an ocean and make waves today, tomorrow and for generations to come!

5th – 11th May 2019

If preserving everyone’s dignity becomes the point of departure of our plans and actions, we will begin to empower the marginalized. If we begin to empower the marginalized, we will end up EMPOWERING HUMANITY!

29th April – 4th May 2019

We are witnessing a growing global movement of young activists calling for the protection of planet earth. Whether we are many or few, whether we are described as “normal” or “special”, we are the stewards of this planet. Protecting the earth to the best of our abilities is therefore everybody’s responsibility and everybody’s right

21st – 28th April 2019

It is said that the last thing that leaves a human being is HOPE. The civil war in Syria has led to the loss of many lives. Displaced people live in refugee camps where social services are scarce. Yet, in one of the camps there is a 10 year old girl with physical disability who has refused to give up hope. Struggling with her modest wheel-chair, she goes to one of the schools opened for refugee children. Her aim is to make sure she learns to read and write.

Even in the grimmest of circumstances of being a child, living in a refugee camp and having a disability, THERE IS HOPE!

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!