27 February 2017
In December 2016 Light for the World took part in InfoPoint Lunchtime conference organised by the DEVCO unit of European Commission in Brussels.
The conference was dedicated to the theme of inclusion of youth with disabilities in vocational training institutions (TVETs). As EU-CORD member Light for the World was invited in cooperation with partner organisation ZOA to share their experiences on mainstreaming inclusion of youth with disabilities in Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda, where in 2014 Light for the World initiated the programme EmployAble aimed at developing inclusive vocational centers and employment agencies.
EmployAble was designed as an action learning programme with the focus on multi-stakeholder involvement. By the end of the first programme phase in 2016 we were able to mobilise and enroll 400 trainees with disabilities across three mentioned countries, to support 7 TVETs in becoming inclusive institutions and sensitise 97 employers on disability inclusion. The learnings from EmployAble were scaled up in a joint EU funded project by ZOA and Light for the World in Uganda: Skills, Employment and Entrepreneurship for Acholi. The DEVCO lunchtime conference offered us a possibility to share our experiences and best practices from two programmes with the wider public and facilitated discussion about importance of mainstreaming disability inclusion in development policies and programmes.
If you want to learn more about this lunchtime conference and listen to the presentation of Light for the World, follow this link.