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Friday, 16 June 2017

Peer Education Session at HSB Pabre

A peer education session on disability rights is given to help those with disabilities by educating them about their rights and to increase their knowledge about the opportunities available to them as disabled people living in Pabre, Burkina Faso. This is very important as it shows the people of Pabre what is being done to help them and what can be achieved through working together and facing the problems that occurs to them in everyday life. Many disabled people in Pabre and Burkina Faso don’t know the rights that they possess and what is being done to help them, a peer awareness raising session answers these questions and helps all of those involved.

The peer education was run by Mr Freddie from Handicap Solidaire Burkina (HSB) and an agent from L’Action Social; a governmental body in Pabre aimed at helping those with disabilities. The aim is to help those with disabilities in Pabre by educating them on their rights and what the problems they face in Pabre are. Due to this, the session is run by those with disabilities for those with disabilities. There were around 15 people present, all adults and a mix of males and females, all living in and around the proximity to Pabre.

Mr Alfred Ouedraogo (left) and Barro (right)

The first question asked to the group was “what are the problems that you face being disabled in Pabre?” This was a widely-debated topic among those present; however, work was the biggest single problem or lack of work to be honest, then poverty, mal-nutrition, lack of support and guidance, lack of training and then finally less support for children at schools. These are very startling answers and eye opening to say the least. They show that a lack of work for those with disabilities is a real problem, and can lead to the problems that have been mentioned such as poverty and malnutrition.
It was then asked, why do we have these problems? The answer back was very forthright, “because we are disabled and therefore we did not go to school”. This shows one of the main problems affecting those with disabilities in Burkina Faso, the stigma around those with disabilities and the lack of educational support for them.  An education is essential for those with disabilities as it gives them legitimate access to work.


So why is there is a lack of support and training for those with disabilities, and what can we do to change this? The answer which was given by the group was that they need to challenge the government more, as well as the schools. They can do this through lobbying, sending letters, meeting government officials and working together as a group.

A member of the audience lightens up the exchange by providing a startling response to a question


So why doesn’t or why didn’t our parents help us growing up? The group responded that there was ignorance in sending them to school, and therefore they cannot read or write, and so because of this work is limited to them. This goes back to the first question asked which was about the problems faced among those disabled and the answer back being that work was number 1; this is because disabled people are stigmatised and not educated, and therefore work is increasingly difficult for them to find.
A very captivated audience listening to Marc (In Country Team Leader) interpreting a message in Moore


It was decided by the whole group that those with disabilities should form together and help each other out, with social issues faced by those in Pabre with disabilities. If you like they should form a sort of trade union with each other, so that when a problem arises, they can tackle it full on as a group rather than individually.

Finally, it was put to the group what disability means to them and what does it feel like living with a disability in this society. Shame was given as an answer, and that it is very important for a disabled person in Pabre and Burkina Faso to break this feeling of shame, become fearless, and have a can-do attitude. The peer education session was a huge success as there was a huge turnout and all those present were able to ask the questions they desired and receive the information they need concerning their rights as disabled people. This is an initiative that needs repeating in the future, as it’s an essential tool in helping unite, educate and inform those with disabilities in Pabre about their rights, roles and how to move forward for the better in the future.


Francais
Suite à de nombreuses préoccupations soulevées par les parents des personnes handicapées et les personnes vivant avec un handicap elles même, il était nécessaire de convoquer une EDUCATION DES PAIRS dirigée par le Directeur exécutif de Handicap Solidaire Burkina, OUEDRAOGO ALFRED et MR BARRO, agent de l’Action sociale.

En effet, après un bref rappel des grands points des entretiens passés, monsieur Alfred OUEDRAOGO a abordé le sujet du jour qui avait comme point focal, un échange franc avec les quinze personnes présentes à ladite rencontre. Ainsi aux cours de cet échange certaines difficultés ont été soulevées par les personnes vivant avec un handicap ainsi que leurs parents. Le manque de travail a été évoqué par certains. La pauvreté en général a été citée car nombreux d’entre eux ont exprimé leurs difficultés d’accompagner convenablement leurs enfants à l’école. La malnutrition et même le manque de toit ont été soulevés par certains.

Cependant certains pensent que les difficultés qu’ils rencontrent sont dues soit à leur handicap ou à leur niveau d’étude. Par ailleurs le gouvernement a été pointé du doigt car pour eux l’accompagnement et l’aide apportés par le gouvernement est très insignifiant. A la question de savoir pourquoi nombreux d’entre eux n’ont pas été scolarisés, l’ignorance et l’analphabétisme de leurs parents ont été accusés.

Alors en dépit de tout ce qu’a été dit par les personnes vivant avec un handicap et leurs parents, c’était au tour des conférenciers de partager leurs propres expériences et d’apporter des conseils pratiques afin de minimiser les difficultés. Ils ont conseillé d’accepter avant tout leur situation physique, de rompre avec le complexe d’infériorité, cette peur et cette honte de s’exprimer librement, le manque de confiance qu’ils ont en eux, tout en les rappelant de ne jamais se décourager des propos, voire insultes des autres.

Ainsi avant de terminer ce bel entretien monsieur Alfred OUEDRAGO a tenu à recueillir quelques préoccupations des participants. Des besoins comme la création d’un centre de formation et d’emploi, et la création des activités génératrices de revenu ont été exprimés. C’est dans la satisfaction et l’espoir d’une aurore nouvelle sur leur vie que les participants ont regagné leur doiciles

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