Our Staff: Simon Eroku

Thursday, 26 May 2016 16:09 Written by 

 

Simon has been through an array of inspiration as a young Disability Rights Activist, Growing up with Hearing Impairment didn't dater his buoyant passion for innovation and creativity which has seen him through a number of initiatives that support children and Youth especially those with Disabilities in Uganda.

Currently working as the Information officer, He is a trained film and documentary producer with an expertise in film production, he studied Art and industrial Design at Kyambogo University - Kampala majoring in Graphics design and Ceremics technology.

As a youth leader, Simon is the Focal Person for one of the Deaf Child World-Wide (DCW) funded Deaf Youth Empowerment Project (DYEP) that UNAD is implementing in partnership with Sign Health Uganda (SU) in the districts of Kampala and Masaka.

In February 2014, Simon was among the first group of Speakers at the #UNICEFActivate Talks; a series of global TED-like talks that where showcasing innovations transforming children's lives across the world, this was in line with the commemoration of 25years of the United Nations Convection on the Rights of Children(UNCRC) During the talks, Simon presented U-report an innovative platform he champions as an ambassador. The innovation which is currently empowering over One Million young people world-wide to have a voice on issues affecting their local communities is an SMS based platform were young people using free text messages to access and provide information related to health, education, awareness among others from their community. You can view his presentation HERE

In June 2014, He was a special feature in the UNICEF State of the World children's report that lunched during the UN General Assembly as one of the Worlds Young leaders using innovation to transform the lives of vulnerable Children and young people championing the voices of Children and young people with Disabilities.

He worked with the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU) as a Youth volunteer in 2012 before assuming the role of Chairperson/President of the Union's Youth Section, he served in that capacity until December 2014. At the National YWDs section, he was at the helm of Youth inclusion in NUDIPU.

Simon believes in the power of social innovation and has a turn ahead to make a difference; he is currently pioneering an social Innovation initiative called OpenSigns Innovation which he hopes will transform the education of Deaf children in his country through an innovating and digitalizing the classroom. More information about the innovation will be available in Here