One of our most significant achievements in the advocacy at IESA in this past year was IESA’s coordination of and participation in the drafting of a report to the United Nations Committee no the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). http://www.included.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/FINAL-UNCRPD-Report.pdf
Our report was a response to the Government of South Africa’s (GOSA) report to the CRPD on the implementation of among others, Article 24, Inclusive Education, of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Ten authors from the disability, academic and civil society sectors contributed to the report. The process was informed by Robyn Beere’s participation in a regional workshop towards the ratification of and reporting under the UN CRPD in commemoration of its 10th Anniversary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2016.
We hosted a successful stakeholder engagement to review the report, ensuring that the draft submitted to the CRPD was the result of a collaborative, consultative civil society process. Our press release received good media coverage on various platforms. http://www.included.org.za/2017/03/pressrelease-children-disabilities-dire-straights/
Robyn Beere was interviewed on eNCA and several radio stations. https://omny.fm/shows/thekoketso-sachane-show/children-living-withdisabilities A number of teachers requested the report via Facebook, expressing a need for information about inclusive education.