On the 22d of July Corrine Vibert, Communication Manager of EASST, visited Belarus to take part in the international forum on women’s leadership and take a closer look on work of EASST member – Belarusian Auto Moto Touring Club (BKA). These days BKA implements the project under the title “Disability and mobility: lessons of kindness”. It is dedicated to the creation of the joint educational program on road safety for disabled and non-disabled children according to the principles of inclusion. The education program is based on the EASST educational packs which BKA has already actively used in the framework of the project “Safe pedals” in 2017.
Specially for the project “Disability and mobility: lessons of kindness” BKA amended the educational packs: all the pictures were replaced using the images of children with different kinds of disabilities and the new sections on child restraint systems and safe bicycle driving were added.
On the 22d of July Corrine Vibert together with BKA attended the meeting with the heads of primary organizations of non-governmental organization “Belarusian association of assistance to children and young people with disabilities” (NGO “BelAPDIiMI”). NGO “BelAPDIiMI” was a partner of BKA during the project “Road Safety – an inherent right and equal opportunity for all people in Belarus” and now is going to cooperate with the club again in the framework of “Disability and mobility: lessons of kindness” . During the meeting the modified educational packs were presented to the employees of NGO “BelAPDIiMI”. The attendees made their own proposals for improving educational packs. For example, it was suggested to include some information on safe behavior in public transport.
The meeting took place at the enterprise “Artidea” established by NGO “BelAPDIiMI” to give people with disabilities an opportunity to work and to earn money. In contrast to many governmental enterprises, the enterprise “Artidea” offers the people with disabilities activities based on their capabilities and develops their additional skills to make them feel equal in society.
In the near future BKA is going to organize an event involving both disabled and non-disabled children in one of the kindergartens of Minsk. The presence of media representatives is planned to broaden its public outreach.