Centre for Peace and Human Rights Organized a One-Day Awareness Session on Disability Rights and Role of Society

Rawalpindi: Centre for Peace and Human Rights organized a One-day Interactive and Participatory Awareness Session on “Disability Rights and Role of Society” With Parents, Children and teachers in The Angels School Rawalpindi. The objective is to work with the School on long term objectives for the sustainability and prosperity of Disabled People, Develop their skills and abilities to contribute to the society, Provide Disabled People with latest equipments and instruments for education and recreation and engaged leading Civil Society members to support this noble cause.

CPHR is an active strategic partner in the development and protection of human rights to different groups in societies. The CPHR has successfully completed many projects for rehabilitation of flood affected people; IDPs, Training for teachers and Youth Human Rights and Peace programs.

CPHR partnering with a leading NGO known as Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) executed one day program whereby Mr. Ali Shabbar, Program Manager of STEP was invited as a Guest Speaker to highlight the fundamental rights of disable people and importance of the role of the society. Other key stakeholders were parents of the disabled children, representatives of different NGOs, civil society members, Top Educationists, staff members of the school

The Centre not only promotes peace, tolerance and acceptance of differences in cultures and opinions through its trainings and programs but also practices them. Believing in Inter Faith Harmony, the session was opened by recitations of the verses from the Holy Quran by Ms. Mahana Butt, Project Manager of CPHR. Ms. Mahana Butt briefly discussed the agenda of the session and introduced the Centre for Peace and Human Rights along with its various key projects highlighting the accomplishments in different field areas like Human Rights Training Programs, Teachers Training Programs, Youth Programs, Seminars and Forums on Rights of Disable Children and Drug Abuse Prevention Program etc. She concluded her presentation on the line by Scott Hamilton, “The only disability in life is a bad attitude”, hoping for a better society with transformed perceptions regarding rights and status of disable people.

Dr. Umair Ahmad, Director The Angels School for Disable Children, elaborated on the system and educational activities of the school in addition to the efforts made by the members of the school for the betterment of these disable children. He stressed upon the role of society in acknowledging the rights of disables and giving them due consideration underlining the issues in form of a number of stories of the parents and families having stereotype attitude for not owning these special children and restricting them from mingling with the rest of offspring. He also highlighted the challenges and difficulties like financial constraints that were being faced by the school management.

Subsequently the Guest Speaker, Mr. Ali Shabbar, Program Manager STEP explained that how his organization is working with a right approach using “Social Model” for disable people for making them independent and productive citizens. He deliberated on the negative attitude in Pakistan for disable people and being a vision impaired himself shared his own experiences in Japan where he went for his M. Phil degree in Leadership and due to the access environment for disables he felt extremely comfortable in terms of mobility and adjustment. Moreover he emphasized on the issues related to the health of disable people and environmental and communication barriers for them. Taking about the fundamental rights of disable persons he mentioned the rectification of UN Convention for Disables which has been adopted by Pakistan too altering the term “Disable Persons” to “Persons with Disability” acknowledging on being Persons first and then Disables.

Open discussion was held which was moderated by Mrs. Samia Mubashar Principal Cantonment School Rawalpindi and Master Trainer. Questions were asked by the teachers of the school from Mr. Ali Shabbar about his educational and professional accomplishments, the attitude of his family and social set up around him.

The discussion was concluded on the note that the positive attitude of the parents and supportive role of teachers can make these children with disabilities not only independent for themselves but a productive citizens for the nation as well like Mr. Ali Shabbar.

In the end of the workshop, which was the first stepping stone towards our agreed objectives, the Centre for Peace and Human Rights aims to sign 10 years MOU with The Angels School and work with the School for the development of infrastructure and the system.

CPHR has appreciated and thankful to social activists Ms. Arjumand, Mr. Nauman Khalid and Mr. Muhammad Ali Tariq for their support for this activity.

For more information, contact:
Ms. Mahana Butt
Project Manager / Trainer
Centre for Peace and Human Rights
Office # 16, 2nd Floor, Gul Plaza, F-10 Markaz
Tel: +9251 4347204
Cell: +92331 5189656
Fax: +9251 2102079
E-mail: info@cphrpk.org; cphrpk@gmail.com
Website: www.cphrpk.org