When we realise we are all the same then we'll understand what inclusion really is

Amaka Mokwe
Posted January 28, 2020 from Nigeria
Inclusive Employment
Inclusive Employment (1/2)

My fight for inclusion started twelve years ago when a parent brought her child with communication delay to a school where I worked as a class assistant. Her tears and plea for the school to accept her son moved me and made me also pledge to work with her son if the school admits him and they did. Three months later, he started speaking and it wasn't because I was a professional because I wasn't. It was because he was in the right environment where other children encouraged him and didn't treat him like he was different and in that positive energy environment he thrived. Twelve years after I began advocating across continents, my 8 year old daughter just taught me the true definition of inclusion. I showed her the video of a project I was part of tagged "Beautiful as you are" where we did a total makeover for all the teenagers and young adults with down syndrome and told her to see how beautiful they were and she responded "mum, they were more beautiful before the make up. All you did was show them how they'll look with make up on". Gosh! I was blown and realised inclusion and acceptance is realising that we are all the same regardless of our challenges, our difficulties and our looks. I embarked on a project tagged IEFA (inclusive education first aid) (inclusive employment for all). Its a pan african project that educates, empowers citizens to provide first responders services for children and adults with intellectual disabilities regardless of their financial resources and community. I ask that you join this movement to take inclusion to every community in Africa.  We are present in Benin Republic  and already have our tent in Togo. Let's work together in your community until there's no word as segregation

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maeann
Jan 28
Jan 28

Welcome to World Pulse Amaka. Your story is your power. Thank you for sharing about your project on helping children or adult on intellectual disabilities.

It's also nice to read how your were moved with how your daughter response to you :) Kids now are more creative and had a simple perspective in life that us adult make it complicated.

Amaka Mokwe
Jan 30
Jan 30

Thank you so much. Yes their creativity enlighten us on taking life easy

Wusufor
Jan 28
Jan 28

Dear Amaka,
A warm welcome to world pulse and congratulations on your first post. Just yesterday on one of our tv stations. This same issue was raise in Ghana Tv3. We got one of the inclusive education school here and the news highlighted a young boy as in a similar situations. The parents intergrated her for his hearing and voice impairment problem. Hopefully, things will turn out like yours.
Your kid is very smart :-). Of course we all beautiful already, make ups are just a touch up ha.
I hope to read more from you about your foundation.
Warm regards
Lizzy

Amaka Mokwe
Jan 30
Jan 30

Thank you Lizzy

Jill Langhus
Jan 29
Jan 29

Hi Amaka,

Welcome to World Pulse:-) Wow! What a great initiative, and great work, too, dear! I'm so glad to hear about the work that you're doing. It's sorely needed. I hope you'll be able to collaborate with other WP members to increase your impact even more. I would definitely reach out to Tola who has an amazing school for her Down Syndrome daughter and others, and has a wonderful programs: https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/tola-morainbow

Racheal is also wonderful and helps children and adults, too, with intellectual disabilities, too. I would reach out to her, too, to see if you could collaborate as well: https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/rachyrae

What is your organization's website and/or social media page(s) so we can follow/like them?

I hope this helps, and let us know how it goes.

Amaka Mokwe
Jan 30
Jan 30

Thanks and yes your recommendation helps. I know Told but will definitely connect with Rachael and other member who is interested in what we do. Our website Is www.eliakimlearning.com
Our social media handles for instagram and Twitter are: eliakimtherapy

Jill Langhus
Feb 01
Feb 01

Great:-)

Yay! I'm glad you already know trailblazer Tola... that's great to hear:-)

Thanks for sharing your website and social pages. I'm following your organization on Twitter now:-)

Keep up the great work!

Amaka Mokwe
Feb 26
Feb 26

Thank you sis

Anita Shrestha
Jan 29
Jan 29

Dear Sis
Such powerful and nice personality have been gained by World Pulse. Please share more and more

Amaka Mokwe
Jan 30
Jan 30

Thanks sis

Jill Langhus
Feb 26
Feb 26

You're welcome!

TataWirba
Jan 30
Jan 30

Hi Amaka
Your message is very powerful. I am happy you regard humanity as one. I wish we more people could reason out like you. We need to raise up our voices to create more awareness.

Thank you
Tata

Amaka Mokwe
Jan 30
Jan 30

Thank you Tata.

TataWirba
Jan 30
Jan 30

You are welcome Lizzy

lizzymark
Jan 30
Jan 30

Hi Amaka,welcome to world pulse,your daughter I see was an inspiration to you, and good you are using it. I agree with my name sake make ups are a touch we are beautiful, and the most important beauty is that of the heart which is what you have and you are helping others. Welcome to world pulse dear.

Amaka Mokwe
Jan 30
Jan 30

Thanks Lizzy.

Hello, dear Amaka,

Welcome to World Pulse! What a joy to know a new voice from Nigeria is rising up!

Your story resonates with me because my six-year-old son is nonverbal until now. He has Global Develeopmental Delay. Thank you for inspiring me with your advocacy. It speaks to me on so many levels. Sending you virtual hugs, dear. I am so glad that there are people like you who rally on inclusion and acceptance. Please continue to share your stories. I am looking forward to reading them.

I'm curious how did you know about World Pulse? There are a lot of sisters from Nigeria here. I hope you can connect with them

Welcome again to our growing family!

Amaka Mokwe
Feb 26
Feb 26

Thank you sis. I'm glad your son is doing great. I found world pulse while searching for an information on Google and it's great connecting with this great family.

You're welcome, dear. Oh wow, thanks to Google! We're happy you are here!