The Congress will not be a one-time event. It will be a multi-year platform for developing leadership among people with disabilities in Africa. It means that the Congress will bring together about 300 notable people including people with disabilities who will share their leadership experience, but leadership not only among people with disabilities but also among other social groups in Africa.
Calling for applications and selection of candidates for the Congress will begin in November 2018, then preliminary training of delegates will be held, after that, the Congress will take place in July 2019, and at the end of the Congress delegates proceed to act on their countries and regions. In February 2020, Congress delegates will gather in Mombasa to take stock and plan for the development of the Congress movement for people with disabilities in Africa. All delegates of the Congress will share their technologies of inclusive development, their creativity and will make a material contribution in the form of investment in the Congress. The Congress in Africa will be another contribution to the development of an inclusive culture based on the realization of special talents and abilities called “extrability”.
The program of the Congress includes panel discussions, workshops and seminars, inclusive creative, tourist activities, concerts, saturated with African coloring. The final day of the Congress will traditionally include as many residents of Mombasa as possible. The first African Congress will be an open event for the participation of delegates from other countries of the world. It will be held in two districts of Kenya: Kelife and Mombasa.
The first presentations of the Congress were held in remote villages of the province Kelife, where the participants of the international group spoke about the upcoming event. On 26 August, the first inclusive games in Africa were held in the centre of Mombasa, in the ferry area. On Saturday morning, the townspeople got acquainted with various inclusive activities: blindfolded walks, the show of blind chefs, the workshop of writing using Braille, the money game in bandages and the development of emotional intelligence with the help of sign language of the deaf. The inclusive games in Mombasa were the first experience of organizing inclusive urban events for Sahaganand special school staff and volunteers with disabilities and without disabilities from nearby cities. Inclusive games aroused intense interest among the residents.
In the near future, it is planned to held inclusive ecological actions in Mombasa to clean and decorate the streets in the largest resort city of Kenya.
On August 27 and 28, the team of “White cane” together with partners held inclusive events in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. On August 27, the conference hall of Speke hotel hosted the seminar “The inclusive” for students with disabilities of Kyambogo University. In addition, there was the second training for staff to train interaction with people with disabilities.
On August 28 an inclusive round table was organized at the oldest University in Africa – Makerere University. More than 50 students and teachers of the University with and without disabilities discussed the development of inclusion in education, sports, culture and employment. Participants got acquainted with the concept of “extrability” and were invited to participate in the First African Congress in Kenya in 2019. The event at the University ended with inclusive workshops and demonstrations of elements of inclusive games – Golf and blindfolded Darts, blindfolded walks, the development of emotional intelligence through sign language of the deaf. After the event in the University the participants organized a networking session, where they discussed joint inclusive projects.