Children and youth invited to help the UN raise awareness of disability


1 December 2014, New York – The countdown has begun to the official launch of a global campaign to raise children’s and youth’s awareness of disabilities and inclusion. Led by the United Nations Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), in partnership with the Global Observatory for Inclusion (GLOBI), and the GEFI Youth Advocacy Group (YAG), the #DrawDisability campaign invites children and youth to reflect on the lives of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) through drawing.

Kicking off on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2014, #DrawDisability, aims to highlight the challenges PWD have encountered in communities across the globe, as well as their accomplishments. By stimulating discussion around the inclusion of PWD, the drawings will become a narrative tool for social change.

The competition also provides children with the opportunity to have their works showcased at high-level events globally, including the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2015, the World Education Forum (WEF) in May 2015 in Incheon, Republic of Korea and the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP-CRPD) in June 2015 in New York, USA.

Currently, there are 58 million children missing out on the right to an education; and marginalized groups, including children with disabilities, are particularly vulnerable. By missing out on an education, these children and youth are denied the right to decent jobs, full civic participation, and the opportunity to contribute to the human, social and economic development of society.

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