Centre for Peace and Human Rights organized Awareness Session on Disability Rights and Role of Society


Rawalpindi: Centre for Peace and Human Rights organized a One-day Awareness Session on “Disability Rights and Role of Society” in The Angels School Rawalpindi. Mr. Ali Shabbar, Program Manager of Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) Islamabad, was invited as a Guest Speaker to highlight the fundamental rights of disable people and importance of the role of the society. The representatives of different NGOs, civil society members, educationists, CPHR team, staff members of the school and parents along with the students of The Angels School participated in the event.

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 and Holy Bible done by Ms. Mahana Butt, Project Manager of CPHR showing respect to the Christian members of The Angels School. After welcoming the guests, the participants were given opportunity to introduce themselves.

Ms. Mahana Butt briefly discussed the agenda of the session and through a multimedia presentation introduced the Centre for Peace and Human Rights along with its various activities 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.

Then 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 also highlighted the financial constraints that were being faced by the school management. Moreover, 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.

Subsequently the Guest Speaker, Ali Shabbar, Program Manager STEP, before commencing with the discussion introduced his organization STEP and its current projects in the areas of Jhelum and Swawa. He 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.

Then an 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 a gifts distribution ceremony was conducted. As the Centre for Peace and Human Rights aims to adopt The Angels School therefore the organization had already arranged for the gifts respectively for each child keeping in mind their individual needs which included stationary items, clothes, food rations for families of the students, toys, lunch boxes, water bottles and furniture items for The Angels School along with instruction material. CPHR has also appreciated and thankful to the Ms. Arjumand, Mr. Muhammad Ali Tariq and Mr. Nouman Khalid 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
Islamabad
Tel: +9251 4347204
Cell: +92331 5189656
Fax: +9251 2102079
E-mail: info@cphrpk.org ; cphrpk@gmail.com
Website: www.cphrpk.org