The Im­por­tance of Build­ing Schools for Chil­dren with Dis­abil­i­ties

Indonesia Expat - - WORTHY CAUSES -

A lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion fights for the right of chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties to proper ed­u­ca­tion by build­ing schools in re­mote ar­eas across the ar­chi­pel­ago.

Schools are not only a place for us to study but also a home where we can learn to em­brace our­selves, feel loved and ac­cepted. Ideally, schools wel­come ev­ery­one, whether stu­dents come from dif­fer­ent re­li­gions, eth­nic­i­ties or cul­tural back­grounds. Schools should not dis­crim­i­nate against their stu­dents, es­pe­cially when they have dis­abil­i­ties.

In In­done­sia, not ev­ery child with men­tal or phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties has the priv­i­lege to at­tend schools that would ac­cept their con­di­tions. Main­stream ed­u­ca­tion in In­done­sia has yet to fully rec­og­nize the right of dis­abled chil­dren to study and get the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence they truly de­serve.

In this case, there are a lot of par­ties that need to be in­volved in mak­ing sure that the right of dis­abled chil­dren to ed­u­ca­tion is ful­filled and that they are treated prop­erly.

Par­ents need to con­cern them­selves with their child’s abil­ity to keep up with the teach­ing ma­te­ri­als, make friends and grow to be­come suc­cess­ful adults. Teach­ers and stu­dents with­out dis­abil­i­ties need to learn to bet­ter in­te­grate chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties into class­room ac­tiv­i­ties, while also cre­at­ing a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for ev­ery­one to grow to­gether.

In the district of Pan­galen­gan, West Java, lo­cal foun­da­tion Melody Dalam Puisi is de­ter­mined to pro­tect the right of dis­abled chil­dren to ed­u­ca­tion. For the last cou­ple of years, the or­ga­ni­za­tion has been strug­gling to es­tab­lish a school for poor chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties.

The foun­da­tion needs all the help it can get to make this hap­pen. As an NGO, Melody Dalam Puisi re­quires a large amount of fund­ing for build­ing the school and hav­ing it equipped with the ap­pro­pri­ate fa­cil­i­ties.

For those of you who wish to hear the voices of dis­abled chil­dren and help them get the ed­u­ca­tion they de­serve, please make your do­na­tion by vis­it­ing https:// seko­lahlu­ar­biasa

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