The UN Refugee Agency has presented children book about rights of people with disabilities

KYIV, Ukraine, 31 May 2017 (UNHCR). Today, ahead of the International Children’s Day, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has presented an illustrated book “Telling Children About the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”. Because of the ongoing conflict in the eastern Ukraine, almost 58,000 people with disabilities had to flee their homes, and some 320,000 are remaining in the conflict areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.  

This educational project of UNHCR and the National Assembly of People with Disabilities is aimed at building tolerance among children to the persons with disabilities and give them understanding of inclusive environment in society.

According to the UN Refugee Agency, some IDP and refugee parents talk about their children facing double burden of being isolated (both socially and physically) due to displacement, new environment, plus, having disability.

Adults with disabilities face difficulty accessing education premises, finding accessible housing solution, or employment. It is even harder for children as they need additional protection and support.

The idea of such educational project has arose based on the survey on the protection concerns of disabled refugees and IDPs UNHCR conducted last year. Consultations that UNHCR held with refugees and IDPs with disabilities revealed an acute need to strengthen inclusiveness in every aspects of the society, starting with education.   

UNHCR together with its partners have been implementing several projects that were requested by IDPs and refugees with disabilities, including promotion of inclusive education in schools.

«UNHCR’s work includes advocating for the rights of IDPs and refugees, finding durable solutions, such as integration into places where these persons live. We hope that this book will contribute its part in educating children on the rights of persons with disabilities and useful for their development», said Asel Ormonova, Associate Field Officer (Protection) of the UN Refugee Agency in Ukraine.

Children’s version of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was developed for school-age children. Nevertheless, the authors of the book hope that because of illustrated content it will be interesting also for younger audience as it was developed with the involvement of children themselves.

The following people participated at the presentation:

- Asel Ormonova, Associate Field Officer (Protection) of the UN Refugee Agency in Ukraine

- Valeriy Sushkevych, Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Rights of Disabled Persons, Head of  the National Assembly of People with Disabilities

- Irina Erkan, graphic designer of the educational project, art-director of the Irina Erkan design bureau

 You can download the book “Telling Children about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” (available only in Ukrainian).

 

For additional information please contact Nina Sorokopud, Public Information Officer, UNHCR Ukraine: +380 50 310 1767, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.