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Inclusive education, Senegal - Humanity & Inclusion

Inclusive education, Senegal - Humanity & Inclusion | © J-J. Bernard / HI

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HI first started its activities in Senegal in 1995. Its first interventions focused on physical rehabilitation and mine clearance in Casamance in the South of the country.

Today HI has broadened its fields of action to include: maternal & and child health, inclusive education, economic inclusion of vulnerable people and people with disabilities, rehabilitation, diabetes.

We work in areas of the country where the needs are most significant, Dakar in the north, and the three regions of Casamance in the south.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, HI has continued to help the world’s most vulnerable people. We have adapted our interventions in more than 45 countries.

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HI mine clearance experts return to Casamance, Senegal
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Explosive weapons

HI mine clearance experts return to Casamance, Senegal

Many explosive remnants of war still endanger the lives of people living in this region in the south of Senegal and prevent internally displaced people from returning home.  

African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
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Explosive weapons

African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

From 27th to 28th November, Handicap International (HI) is organising a regional conference on the bombing of civilians. The Conference will take place in Maputo, Mozambique and aims to bring together some 20 States, 10 African civil society organisations and international NGOs. The goal is to raise awareness of this vital challenge among African countries and to encourage them to take action on the world stage to protect civilians from the devastating impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

“I’m very happy in my job. My disability doesn’t affect my work at all.”
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“I’m very happy in my job. My disability doesn’t affect my work at all.”

Boubacar, 33, works as a legal adviser at Senegal's Ministry for African Integration, NEPAD* and Good Governance. Handicap International provided him with occupational support to overcome obstacles arising from his disability. The organisation highlighted his skills and made the Ministry for Public Services aware of the need to include people with disabilities on its teams.


Map of Humanity & Inclusion's interventions in Senegal

Senegal is a major economic power in West Africa, but its wealth is very unevenly distributed. A substantial percentage of the country's population lives in a situation of extreme poverty and people with disabilities are highly represented in this category.

The legislative framework on disability in Senegal has changed for the better since 2010, when the country ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.[1] However, there are still a lot of difficulties transposing the laws subsequently adopted into tangible political actions. People with disabilities in Senegal face barriers on a daily basis when trying to access health, education and employment services. Victims of discrimination, they continue to fight to have their fundamental rights upheld.

Including children with disabilities in education is one of the major challenges for  development in Senegal. The number of disabled children aged 7 to 16 is estimated at 35,369 (2013 census). 66% of them are not in school, compared with 37% for Senegal as a whole.

The country has also been heavily impacted by  conflict in Casamance, which has lasted more than 30 years. This conflict has harmed the country's economy and hindered its development, in particular with the use of anti-personnel landmines. This means much of the agricultural land in this region of Senegal is inaccessible.

Number of HI staff members: 89

Date the programme opened: 1995

[1]The purpose of the convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities. It also aims to promote their inherent dignity.

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