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27 February 2017

Mozambique – Disability Inclusive Programming

Within the partnership agreement between Plan International Mozambique, Light for the World and Uhambo to build the capacity of Plan staff to make the ECCD programme disability inclusive, a delivery of a 3-day training ‘Count Me In Too’ was planned. The training was held in Maputo from 28-30 November in hotel Moçambicano and facilitated by Light for the World. Among the participants were 10 ECCD staff, 1 TVET manager, 1 M&E specialist, 1 Gender coordinator and 1 Education coordinator and 1 Sponsorship officer. The training focused on inclusion of children with disabilities in the on-going ECDD project.

The training consisted of several discussion points. In between sessions inclusive energizers were done to release energy, enhance bonding and enable playful application of lessons learned. The training consisted of the following subjects:

  • Basic understanding of disability inclusion
  • Disability inclusive programme cycle management
  • Disability inclusive capacity assessment
  • Managing the change: Disability inclusion action plan for ECCD

The overall rating of the training by the participants was a score of 4.3 (out of 5). They found that the most important aspects of the training were, among others, the implementation of the disability inclusion action plan, creating disability awareness in the communities, and identification of children with disabilities, mapping and the importance of doing home visits.

The participants particularly liked the topics that were discussed, the method of the training, and the materials provided. They also suggested the training could be improved by extending it timewise, demonstrating more examples of disability types, to add more experiences from other countries, and to translate more tools into several languages. The participants would like to see follow up trainings taking place outside of the capital and that Light for the World accompanies the work in the field closely through monitoring visits during implementation.

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