UNAD Hosts the 1st Ever East Africa Deaf Youth Summit

Friday, 11 October 2013 16:07 Written by  Eroku Simon Prince

the summit that managed to bring together close to 55 Deaf youth across the 5 east African member states was a really powerful move on empowerment, the 3 thrilling days of the summit saw a lot of participation that was inspiring and a great eye opener to the Deaf community of East Africa.

I.D.E.A.L an organization that has its roots in San Diego, California and founded by one of East Africa’s Isidore Niyongabo a Burundian Deaf youth who is using his masters in San Diego State University.

The general context of the summit emphasized the value of leadership and Advocacy as well as Education among Deaf youth if they are create a difference in their communities, many presentations that included Leadership and dynamics, The UNCRPD, an Education case study from Kenya among others graced the summit, just as the summit opened, A key note speech was presented by Nr. Muhumuza Boaz the Open Society Initiative For East Africa Disability Rights Program officer who called on active participation and dynamism among youth so as to effect change in the East African community.

The summit also saw the attendance of some government dignitaries and members of parliament such as Hon. Sulaimani Madada the state Minister for Disability and the elderly, Hon. Asamo Helen MP PWDs, Hon. Karuhanga Gerald Western Region Youth MP among others.

The summit was a resounding excitement that has inspired the Deaf Youth community in East Africa to raise the mental for inclusion and one of the Key outcomes of the Historic event was the Kampala Declaration on the Rights of Deaf Persons in East Africa.

This eye opening summit has laid the foundation stone for the strengthening of the Deaf youth regional ties and as it has been, we expect the best in the coming years!