We are happy to have you listen to our podcast!
BUILDING BRIDGES supported by ‘Bread for the World’
It is often said that there is Ability in Dis-Ability! Needless to point out the fact that our humanity encompasses everyone irrespective of the situation that life presents. These challenges could sometimes pose serious trials to some. Yet others have successfully overcome these encounters through resilience and innovative means.
While this remains, we need to know the concerns of Persons living with disabilities in Nigeria. Poverty indicators are worrisome for the average Nigerian, the situation is more precarious for vulnerable and neglected people within communities (especially PWDs). Although accurate number of PWDs is hardly available but the World Health Organization and the World Bank indicated that about 30 Million Nigerians have one form of disability or the other. While about 63% of adults with disabilities in Nigeria are unemployed and 30% of out-of-school children are those living with disabilities (source: IFA).
While anyone experience violence, discrimination, abuse or neglect, people living with disabilities are at greater risk with women and girls living with disability are at even greater risk.
What are the concerns of persons living with disabilities? How can these concerns be addressed in Nigeria? how can their interest be factored into community developmental initiatives? What are the working approaches, policies, and legislations that can leveraged for the protection of persons living with disabilities?
VILLAGE SQUARE supported by ‘Kerk-in-Actie’
There have been many superheroes since the pandemic hit the world. They have kept going out and about to do their work while the rest of the world was told to stay at home. Most of them are acknowledged and applauded for the work they did to keep the world going as it came to a standstill due to the lockdown.
But there is one class of people who played a big role during this pandemic to maintain a semblance of normality and they are our teacher and educational staff. Teachers in the world over, have been working harder than ever to do their job in a totally new online setting that required them to turn to new methods of teaching, adapt and overcome its challenges, and then stir student and their parents through the unfamiliar world of online classes. Teachers have kept the classes going, conducted exams, completed academic sessions, kept everyone safe when schools reopened and, most of all, helped their students cope with the pressures of the ‘new normal’
It is because of these efforts that the teachers of the world are being celebrated and recognized on World Teachers’ Day 2021, with the theme, “Teachers’ at the Heart of education recovery”. On world Teachers’ Day the service of teachers and their contribution to education are acknowledged, and their role and importance for the development of students and society appreciated. The Day pays tributes to the teachers and tends to resolve some of the issues regarding their profession and hence tries to attract the brightest young mind towards this profession.
These will serve as the bases of our discussion on this edition of village square.
The President Plateau Baptist Conference; Rev. Dr. K. K. Saleh.