Marking International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). On this day, we celebrate the Foundation’s work on improving access to higher education and employment for young people with disabilities. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world.’
Equity and inclusion are central to the realization of the Mastercard Foundation’s vision and mission. It is reflected in the Foundation’s strategy, Young Africa Works, which will enable 30 million youth, particularly women, to obtain dignified and fulfilling work by 2030.
Creating prosperity across the continent will require leaders of all backgrounds and experiences who will work to ensure transformative solutions are available to all. The Mastercard Foundation celebrates the innovative spirit and ingenuity that youth with disabilities bring to breaking down barriers to equitable education and employment and catalyzing innovative solutions for the future of work.
Partner resources for disability inclusion
Cap-Able is a digital toolkit designed to equip administrators, lecturers, and management with the information, knowledge, and tools to create more inclusive learning institutions. The toolkit offers best practices for higher education institutions to improve enrollment and learning practices, create inclusive learning environments, and help young people effectively transition to the world of work. Learn more.
NEWS: Mastercard Foundation and Light for the World launch online platform to facilitate access to higher education for persons with disabilities. Read more.
Towards inclusive education at United States International University – Africa
Mastercard Foundation Scholar Profiles
Advocating for an Inclusive World
Shegaw Birhanu is an alumnus of the Scholars Program at the University of Gondar currently working as a public prosecutor at Dabat town court in Ethiopia. He lost his sight as a child due to an accident. With the help his father, he enrolled at Saint Raphael Boarding School for Blind, located in Azezo, Gondar city in 2000. He graduated of the School of Law in October 2020 (University of Gondar) with an LLM and as one of the best performing students in class of 2020.
Planning for her Future, Writing her Life’s Script
Bethlehem Ayalew is a Mastercard Foundation Scholar at the University of Gondar (UoG) in Ethiopia. She is currently in her fourth year, studying physiotherapy.
Mastercard Foundation Scholars weigh in on IDPD
Mastercard Foundation Scholars weigh in on IDPDOpen gallery
Emmanuella Blay Andoh, Mastercard Foundation Scholar at KNUST
I wish to encourage my friends with disability to face the post COVID-19 world with confidence and hope.
By being one another’s keeper, we can be sure of an inclusive, accessible, and sustainable post COVID-19 world.
Michael J. Samakayi, Mastercard Foundation Scholar at the University of Toronto
I urge all world leaders to implement a legal framework on a national level that guarantees the rights and freedoms of people with disabilities are respected and protected.
Nothing about us without us, we have to make sure that no one is left behind.
Abdul-Salaam Ishaque Marfo, Mastercard Foundation Scholar at KNUST
We throw this challenge today to our leaders to establish and expedite action on the case of persons living with disabilities so as to alleviate their situation through support and care because disability does not mean inability. We all have something special to offer the society.
Faith Musyoki, Mastercard Foundation Scholar at the United States International University- Africa
Another way we can promote an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 world for persons living with disabilities, is to tap into mentorship and the power of representation. For a community where success has for the longest time been an illusion, it is unparalleled the impact that seeing and hearing success stories can make.
Grace Kawala, Mastercard Foundation Scholar at the African Leadership University
Though key players and stakeholders in the African education sector are busy pondering on how they can fully embrace technology in the post COVID-19 world, it is equally important we also think of how Educational Technologies can improve access to education for learners with disabilities and make this vital sector more accommodating.