Braunton Rotary Club along with Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) has selected Leonard Cheshire Disability as its partner charity . Over the course of the year RIBI members will seek to raise £500,000 for an inclusive educatio
Braunton Rotary Club along with Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) has selected Leonard Cheshire Disability as its partner charity .Over the course of the year RIBI members will seek to raise £500,000 for an inclusive education School 4 All in Africa programme in the Mukono and Pallisa districts of Uganda.Leonard Cheshire owns and runs Westmead House in Braunton so the local Rotary club has close connections with the charity and will be backing the Inclusive Education (IE) programme which will target 1,000 disabled children to provide them with access to primary education.Twenty schools will be adapted to make them physically accessible and 80 teachers will be trained in inclusive education and how to support all children from the community in the class.Peter Kingdon, from the Braunton club, said: "We have a very close link with the charity having one of their establishments on the doorstep. "Education is the right of all children and this work is vital as the United Nations estimates that more than 90 per cent of disabled children in Africa do not go to school. RIBI chose to work in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability on the School 4 All in Africa programme as there is a clear need."Without access to education the children could face a bleak future as they will lack the basic skills and knowledge that are essential to gain future employment and a better quality of life. This could cause them to become trapped in a cycle of poverty. Rotary will work with Leonard Cheshire Disability to help break that cycle of poverty."The School 4 All in Africa programme will help to achieve social integration and influence a change in attitudes towards disabled children so that they are accepted by their community. Leonard Cheshire Disability has an impressive track record of devising and implementing IE programmes and Rotary relish the opportunity of working in partnership with them. Peter will be contacting all the other Rotary Clubs in the North Devon area to add their support to the cause.