Children with disabilities are one of the most perceived insignificant and excluded groups in society across the African continent. Many are excluded from schools, hidden by their families and abandoned by the community which may cause a high level of social-emotional problems. They are effectively barred from realizing their rights as active members of society.
This is particularly true in Zanzibar where there is a significant lack of equipment and inaccessible facilities.
There are several reports that make mention of the importance of the physical activity to children with disabilities. The reports focus on the connection between exercise and brain health, not for the sake of fitness alone, but for the health of their developing brains. It is a vital clarion call for change.
Regardless of a child’s challenges, all children have the right to reach their full potential and to be considered equal.
With this Best of Zanzibar has taken the opportunity to work with 22 children with disabilities from Shauri Moyo constituency
Best of Zanzibar believes that play is critical to child development, therefore, it has established a creative active play program of Art and Crafts every Friday where the children get the chance to play and participate in different art activities. When Jeff Holbrook [aka Mr. Rangi] joined the Best of Zanzibar team, he was very keen to bring on board his vast experience and skills with working with children and elderly people.
We are committed to building a society where parents should not feel ashamed and hide their children due to their disabilities and encourage them to take them to schools and engage in activities that can enhance their skills and confidence. With the right care and affection children with disabilities are able to flourish into productive members of society and live a long and happy life.
It is our responsibility to nurture them, teach and guide them, directing disabled children to a belief and understanding that they are important, cared for and loved, breaking down the stigma associated with this sector of society and laying down a foundation that allows these children to reach their full and creative potentiality.0