At a well-attended gathering on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at the Africel American Corner on Bathurst Street, the official launching of the Albinism Information Booklet Guide for Teachers was celebrated, and the National Commission for Persons with Disability (NCPD) pledge technical support to Sierra Leone Association for Persons with Albinism. This guide, the first of its kind, aims to provide valuable resources and support for teachers in Sierra Leone to ensure inclusive education for children with albinism.
In his statement, Mawusie P. I Dumbuya, the Information and Communication Outreach Manager of the National Commission for Persons with Disability, expressed his pleasure and assured that the commission would provide technical support to ensure the booklet serves its intended purposes.
He called upon everyone to develop advocacy messages around sections 14, 15, and 16 of the 2011 Persons with Disability Act to promote inclusive education. He also encouraged utilizing Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Mohamed Osman Karama, the Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Association of Persons with Albinism (SLAPWA), expressed his gratitude during the event. He thanked their partners, Medical Assistance Sierra Leone, Provictims, and the United Nations Development Fund, for their unwavering support in making this project a reality. Karama emphasized that the booklet symbolizes their collective vision, dedication, and determination to ensure that every child in Sierra Leone, regardless of physical differences, has access to quality education.
Representing the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ibrahim Jalloh, pledged their commitment to promoting disability issues. He expressed gratitude towards SLAPWA for developing the Albinism Information Booklet Guide for Teachers, highlighting the importance of inclusive education for all.
Launching this booklet marks a significant step towards ensuring that teachers in Sierra Leone have the necessary tools and knowledge to support students with albinism. It is a testament to the collaborative efforts of SLAPWA, their partners, and the dedication of all those involved in promoting inclusive education.