Behavioral change in communities has been identified as a major driver for the social inclusion of children with disabilities in Nigeria.
This was the submission of guests on Street Children, a Radio Nigeria Network programme while discussing the topic: UNICEF support Interventions based on non-discrimination with a focus on social inclusion of children with disabilities.
One of the Guests, The UNICEF Country Representative in Nigeria, Mr Peter Hawkins said that communities need to understand that street children with disabilities are extremely vulnerable and need to be provided every infrastructure that are available.
” They are like anybody else, they should not be discriminated against and the barriers that exclude them from getting included must be taken away.
”The only thing that we have to do is to ensure that they have access to learning…that is the key thing.”
Hawkins also stated that support for street children with disabilities should be given priority within their identified communities.
Another guest on the programme, the Secretary of the Disabled Colony, Karimajiji, Abuja Mr Mohammed Dantanin called for deployment of teachers to the colonies for proper inclusion of the children.