Unicef in Brazil: providing access to sport for children with disabilities
16 September 2015
During Leg 1: The Trade Winds to Brazil, Clipper Race crew members are taking on their first major ocean crossing, the Atlantic, spending more than three weeks at sea before South America appears over the horizon. Eventually teams will arrive in Brazil, one of the many countries Official Race Charity Unicef works in to keep children safe.
Children with disabilities are one of the most excluded groups in Brazil and tend to participate far less in school activities than other students. Every child and young person has the right to play sport, but the lack of appropriate facilities and qualified staff in Brazil means universal access to sport and physical activity is severely restricted.
The Open Doors for Inclusion project, set up by Unicef Brazil, includes a course for people who work in schools and the government to teach them about sport and inclusion. The course contains information about sport and education policies, different disabilities, information about disability and sport, as well as practical information about how to include children with disabilities into PE classes.
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