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To mark the 8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative together with the Disability and Education Sections of UNICEF cordially invites you to attend the launch of the #DrawDisability exhibition on 10 June 2015 at 6:30pm in Danny Kaye Hall, UNICEF House, 44th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenue), New York, USA. The list of speakers includes:
#DrawDisability is an ongoing global campaign that the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) is running in partnership with the GLOBI – Global Observatory for Inclusion and GEFI’s Youth Advocacy Group. The campaign invites children and young people to reflect on their understanding of disability and how they see Persons with Disabilities.
Globally there are 121 million children and adolescents who are missing out on the right to an education, and marginalized groups are particularly vulnerable. Children with disabilities are among the most marginalized and disproportionately excluded from the education system. They share the same right to education as all children, yet it is estimated that 90 per cent of children with disabilities in the developing world do not go to school. In order to include children with disabilities, education systems need to adopt social reforms that change attitudes and support the practice of inclusive education.
A first #DrawDisability exhibition was held at the end of May at the World Education Forum in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The #DrawDisability exhibition highlights the perspectives of children and youth, both with and without disabilities, on the struggles and challenges, as well as accomplishments and successes that people with disabilities encounter in their communities. So far, thousands of drawings have been submitted from 39 countries across the globe: Afghanistan, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe. The campaign welcomes further submissions until 30th June 2015.
The exhibit will be open between 9-12 June, 2015 at Danny Kaye Hall, UNICEF House (44th street between 1st and 2nd Avenue).
[Head picture: “See The Person Not The Disability” by Maliha Jahan Maisha, 15, Bangladesh]