Veronica Banaawa Mubiru and Margret Nanyombi have been selected to go to Denmark for a four-month Global Line course. The two were selected out of four members nominated by UNAPD to attend the course beginning in August 2011.
Every autumn since 2000, Disabled People’s Organisations Denmark (DPOD) and the school Egmont Højskolen have offered the Global Line course.
Banaawa has been doing voluntary work at the UNAPD secretariat for one year while Nanyombi is a business lady, a musician and a member of UNAPD.
Over ten members of UNAPD have benefitted from the course. They include Fred Kibira, James Makula, Alice Kutyamukama, Stephen Muhumuza, Julius Maganda, Irene Nabalamba, Irene Nabifuge, Rachel Mwima, Ivan Luyima, among others.
Many disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) from developing countries with which DPOD or DPOD member organisations are engaged in cooperation benefit from the course. Between 8 and 10 PWDs are invited every year to attend this 19-week course in Denmark.
The vision of the Global Line is to strengthen disabled people’s organisations in developing countries by raising the qualifications of their members. DPOD believes that this will improve the course participants’ involvement in their organisations at the national, regional and local level.
The course is intended to: provide each participant with tools for improving organisational work at the local, district or national level; gain broader understanding of democracy and how it can be implemented at the personal and organisational level.
Participants also learn about the rights, possibilities and responsibilities of people with disabilities including their participation in society. Their personal development and self-confidence are also strengthened.