Attitude and perception of public positively changed towards the participation of children with special needs/disabilities in general education system
Throughout the action cycle, the project has implemented different tools for raising awareness on disability and attitudinal changes toward people with disabilities. The project has partnered with ASAN radio to develop and promote a social video, whereby a positive portrayal of several people with disabilities has been given.
The project has also organized “All different, all equal” campaign on international day of people with disabilities on 3rd December, 2018, to raise the issue of equality of all rights, especially the equal education right by disseminating leaflets on inclusive education and promoting the social media web page on inclusive education created under the action.
The project has organized inclusive children’s festival with the slogan “We are different, but we are equal” on 3rd of December 2019 with the support of Haydar Aliyev Foundation, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population, European Union, UN Children’s Fund and UN Development Program at Haydar Aliyev Center. The event featured a video clip jointly produced by the “Regional Development” Public Union and UNICEF, about the stories of young people with disabilities and the importance of inclusive education, followed by the small scene called “We are equal”, demonstration of dance performances by the children of the Rehabilitation Center for Children with Down Syndrome and “Danceability”, and a joint performance of the “Friendship” song by “Children’s Theatre” of hearing and speech impaired children and the children of “Vocal” club of the Children-Youth Development Center No 3. There have been also organised different entertaining and educating corners with the aim to eliminate stigma and stereotypes against persons with disabilities and to promote inclusiveness through involving children with and without disabilities and their parents as well.
Series of awareness raising events, entitled “We are all different, we are all equal” initiated by the project together with UNICEF targeted mainly at university students in order to change the perception about people with disabilities and convey the message of importance of inclusive education for integrating people with disabilities to the society has been implemented in many major universities throughout the country (Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University and its regional branches, Baku State University, Ganja State University, Sumgayit State University, Azerbaijan University of Languages, Azerbaijan Slavic University, Azerbaijan University of Technologies, Azerbaijan State Agrarian University) . The events included motivational speeches by young people with disabilities. More than 1500 students have participated at these events.
The project has also held an essay competition entitled “The importance of inclusive education in the formation and development of an inclusive society”. Three winners have been selected and awarded as result of evaluation process. The essay of the winner has been published at several online resources.