Uganda
Country Programmes

Promoting the rights of persons with disabilities

Start DateOngoingEnd Date
 
 
20 Oct 201430 Jun 2019
Programme Status
Closed
Programme Budget
US$ 524,048
Thematic focus: Access to Information and ICTs, Inclusive education, Political participation

Implementing Partners

UN Agencies

  • UNESCO
  • UNICEF

Government Organizations

  • Ministry of Education and Sports
  • Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development
  • Ministry of Information and National Guidance
  • National Library of Uganda
  • Council for Higher Education
  • National Curriculum Development Centre
  • National Council for Children
  • National Information Technology Authority

Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

  • DAISY Consortium
  • Deaf Link Uganda
  • The National Association of the Deaf Blind in Uganda (NADBU)
  • The National Union of Disabled People of Uganda (NUDIPU)
  • Uganda National Association of the Blind (UNAB)
  • Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD)

The Programme

In consistence with Uganda’s Vision 2040, the CRPD, building on previous experience and taking advantage of technological advancement and local infrastructure, the proposed programme aims to strengthen the policy environment in Uganda and build institutional capacities for the use of Assistive Technology to ensure Inclusive Education and Access to Information. The proposed programme will establish linkages between Articles 9 on Accessibility, 21 on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information and Article 24 on Education of the CRPD.

The programme adopted a twin-track approach with one track focusing on policy interventions by ensuring that the policy environment becomes more conducive for the use of Inclusive Education and Access to Information.

Approach

The programme adopted a two track approach with one track focusing on policy interventions by ensuring that the policy environment becomes more conducive for the use of Inclusive Education and Access to Information.

This was achieved through the following interventions:

Setting up a national Policy Board and Management Committee
The creation and adoption of a necessary policy for the use of Assistive Technology to ensure Inclusive Education and Access to Information for persons with visual and hearing impairments in Uganda.
In addition, procurement and production guidelines were produced.
The second track focused on the development of educational material in accessible formats and systematically building the capacity of DPOs, key government stakeholders including teachers and information professionals as well as publishing companies on the benefits and means of using Assistive Technology and Inclusive Education materials in the class room to ensure Inclusive Education and Access to Information.
The programme ensured national ownership and participation of local actors by creating a strategic coalition of major stakeholders to access, reproduce, create and distribute and accessible information, in particular educational resources for persons with visual and hearing impairments in Uganda.

Programme Documents