Together with our member organisations and local partner organisations, we are running international development co-operation in Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Nepal, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.
Programme in Bolivia
The country programme in Bolivia is working to give more people with disability access to education and health care. We also support various sports activities and projects which will lead to more people being able to participate in community life and to earn a living.
Programme in Bosnia-Herzegovina
In Bosnia-Herzegovina we are working in order to make UN’s Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities a part of the legislation. Another goal is to give individuals with disability the possibility to increase their knowledge about their rights to organize themselves and to take control of their lives.
Programme in Nepal
In Nepal, the disability organisations are working for increased access to education and more accessible schools. One example is to influence the Nepalese government to approve new guidelines for how curriculums and teaching materials should be adapted to the needs of the disabled children.
Programme in Nicaragua
“Más educación, más inclusion!” More education, more inclusion! This is the slogan for the programme in Nicaragua, where Shia is working to attain more accessible schools. The goal is to give more children and young people the possibility to get an education and that education should maintain a high quality, irrespective of the students’ special needs.
Programme in Rwanda
Rwanda has come a long way since 1994, when the country suffered badly as a result of the genocide. National reforms and political changes in many areas have led to increased concentration on giving Rwanda’s most exposed people better opportunities. The goal for the programme is to integrate people with disability within health care and education. The work is mainly about increasing decision-makers’ awareness about rights and needs in relation to people with disability.
Programme in Sri Lanka
In order to achieve a sustainable change and to break the spiral of poverty that many people with disability are in, the programme in Sri Lanka focuses on advocacy work aimed at the authorities responsible for the education system. The work carried out by Shia’s partner organisations also focuses on increasing the knowledge and reducing the general discrimination of people with disability.
Programme in Tanzania
In Tanzania Shia’s partner organisations are working to give people with disability influence on both content and how laws and decrees are carried out. The aim is that people with disability should be more participatory in society. The single greatest problem is the discrimination which exists within the educational sphere. Therefore one important goal is to give children the rights to get elementary education.