A Toolkit on Disability for Africa has been developed by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD).
It is designed for the African context and aims to:
- Provide practical tools on various disability-related issues to government officials, members of parliament, civil and public servants at all levels, disabled persons organizations (DPOs) and all those with an interest in the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development;
- Support the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and disability-inclusive development;
- Offer examples of good practices from many countries in the African region.
The Toolkit is particularly timely and appropriate given that 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention and the first year of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals. It is comprised of 14 modules focused on various topics of socio-economic development related to disability issues in Africa.
Selecting Learning Activities
- There are innumerable methods of training, from the very formal to the more participatory. The methods used will depend on the available trainers’ capacities and skills, their roles as resource persons or facilitators, the degree and type of knowledge to be imparted, the time available, and the participants’ degree of knowledge of the rights of persons with disabilities and cultural expectations.
- Participatory training events are often very lively but it is necessary for the facilitators to know in advance what they aim to achieve, so as to maintain a sense of direction. It is also important to have time for questions and discussion and to present in advance a number of topics for participants to think about.
- When selecting an appropriate intervention style there are a wide range of considerations to take on board. There is no right or wrong style, but some are more appropriate depending on the desired outcome