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Initiated in the Africa region in 1979 with the founding of Special Olympics Kenya, Special Olympics has 21 accredited programs with nearly 120,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics addresses the needs of African people with an intellectual disability in the areas of sport, health, education and leadership.  Special Olympics contributes significantly in addressing the correlation between disability and poverty, a key issue for the continent.

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Stories From Africa


марта 18, 2014 | Africa: Namibia

Special Olympics Nambia encourages youth to Play Unified!

By Ms.Esther Kambala

Special Olympics Namibia (SON) hosted an inclusive camp targeting youth with and without an intellectual disability. The summit took place from the 29th -30th of November 2013 at the Hodygos Conference Centre, just outside Windhoek.View Story Special Olympics Namibia (SON) hosted an inclusive camp targeting youth with and without an intellectual disability. The summit took place from the 29th -30th of November 2013 at the Hodygos Conference Centre, just outside Windhoek. A total of 50 youth attended and were supervised by staff members and volunteers. The excited group got to camp overnight and engaged in a number of team building activities. The Special Olympics motto of Play Unified, Live Unified was intrinsic to the messaging for the summit and the youth were encouraged to become ambassadors for Special Olympics and to help spread the messaging of inclusion amongst their peers. As the summit fell so close to the 1st of December, International Aids Day, the youth participated in an art session to create posters encouraging prevention and promoting acceptance and inclusion of people with Aids.

About Ms.Esther Kambala:I am the Assistant Manager of Sports & Organizational Development of the Special Olympics Africa Region
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марта 18, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Camp Shriver, A Unified Camp in South Africa

By Nyeleti Shilenge

Playing and interacting with people with Intellectual Disabilities was very nice and challenging. I enjoyed every moment and learnt a lot from them.View Story I have never felt so welcomed within such a big group. The camp is the best I ever attended, thank you for inviting us. Playing and interacting with people with Intellectual Disabilities was very nice and challenging. I enjoyed every moment and learnt a lot from them. With such events I am hoping people within our community will stop hiding their kids and bring them out to such occasions, this is because people think they should not be part of such.

About Nyeleti Shilenge:Nyeleti Shilenge- Unified Partnr, Pholosho Secondary School.
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марта 18, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Special Olympics South Africa Unified® Sports Day

By Ancilla Smith

Special Olympics South Africa together with the Bona Lesedi Disability project and the South Africa National Equestrian Schools Association hosted a Unified® Sports day at Shumbashaba.View Story Special Olympics South Africa together with the Bona Lesedi Disability project and the South Africa National Equestrian Schools Association hosted a Unified® Sports day at Shumbashaba. An opening ceremony was conducted with athletes parading in the sporting arena after which they participated in Bocce, 7-aside soccer and volley ball. Over 100 athletes participated in the event enthusiastically supported by willing volunteers. This event truly captured the spirit of unity and inclusion and all the athletes were thrilled with their medals. The closing ceremony was completed with a friendship circle and smiles all round.

About Ancilla Smith :I am the Marketing,communication and media manager for Africa region
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июля 08, 2013 | Africa: Cote dIvoire

Вооруженный новыми очками Яо Арманд готовится к предстоящим соревнованиям

By Karl Hejlik

Яо Арманд, спортсмен Специальной Олимпиады, вместе с национальной объединенной футбольной командой Кот-д'Ивуара успешно завершили кампанию, проходившую в октябре в Южной Африке.View Story Яо Арманд, спортсмен Специальной Олимпиады, вместе с национальной объединенной футбольной командой Кот-д'Ивуара успешно завершили кампанию, проходившую в октябре в Южной Африке, завоевав третье место и бронзовую медаль, и получив право выступать на международном футбольном чемпионате, который пройдет в следующем году в Бразилии. Однако это не единственное запоминающееся событие для Яо во время его поездки в Южную Африку. Помимо этого, спортсмен получил рецепт на новые очки с помощью программы Специальной Олимпиады «Opening Eyes», которые, по мнению окулиста-волонтера, значительно улучшат его зрение, результаты в будущих футбольных матчах и, в сущности, остальные стороны его жизни.

About Karl Hejlik:Старший менеджер, Коммуникации по вопросам здоровья и исследований
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июля 08, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

Малави является лидером по инновационным программам

By Karl Hejlik

Aaron Banda is one of the success stories of Special Olympics in Malawi. Learn more about him at the link below.

«Это народ был обделен на протяжении слишком долгого времени» - отметила в недавнем обращении президент Малави, Ее Превосходительство Джойс Банда.View Story «Это народ был обделен на протяжении слишком долгого времени» - отметила в недавнем обращении президент Малави, Ее Превосходительство Джойс Банда. «Разоблачить несправедливость и исправить то, что неправильно, является нашим долгом. Неограниченный подход является необходимым для устойчивого развития, которое должно быть обращено ко всем». В Малави такие слова являются не просто приукрашиванием, они составляют политику. В первые 100 дней своей работы в качестве президента Банда утвердила Акт о людях с ограниченными способностями. В стране было основано Министерство для работы с людьми с ограниченными способностями, работа Министерства будет соответствовать Конвенции ООН о правах людей с ограниченными возможностями. Банда также пообещала организовать национальное сотрудничество со Специальной Олимпиадой Малави. Страна реализует одну из самых инновационных национальных программ в движении Специальной Олимпиады, оказывая поддержку более чем 5000 спортсменов, несмотря на то, что является относительно небольшой и сельскохозяйственной страной. Узнайте больше информации по ссылке, указанной ниже

About Karl Hejlik:I am senior manager for Health and Research Communications at Special Olympics.
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Upcoming Events Around the World


Date

Event

Location

сен 12, 2014

Seychelles National Games

Please join Special Olympics Zimbabwe on September 12-13 at Stad Linite as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
For more information
Ms. Erica Celeste
Email:soseychellesdirector2@gmail.com
Phone:+248 251 2181
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Stad LiniteVictoria
SEYCHELLES

сен 13, 2014

Burkina Faso National Games

Please join Special Olympics Burkina Faso on September 13-14 in Ouagadougou as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
For more information
Ms Annick Pikbougoum
Email:soburkinafasodirector2@gmail.com
Phone:+226 7027 2883
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01 BP 411
Ouagadougou
BURKINA FASO

сен 23, 2014

Uganda National Games

Please join Special Olympics Uganda on September 23-27 at Kampala National Stadium as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
For more information
Mr Denis Lutalo
Email:sougandadirector@gmail.com
Phone:+256 414 270 710
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Kampala National Stadium
Plot 254 Kabanjagala Road
Kampala
UGANDA

сен 27, 2014

Mauritius National Games

Please join Special Olympics Mauritius on September 27th at Mauritius National Stadium as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
For more information
Mr Satyagan Choytun
Email:somauritiusdirector1@gmail.com
Phone:+230 5428 1857
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Mauritius National Stadium
Royal Road, Grand Retraite
Bon Accueil
MAURITIUS

окт 9, 2014

Malawi National Games

Please join Special Olympics Malawi on October 9th at Kamuau Stadium Grounds as athletes from around the country compete in various sports and celebrate their 2014 National Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
For more information
Mr Felix Chisowa
Email:somalawidirector@gmail.com
Phone:+265 999 321 885
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Kamuau Stadium Grounds
Plot BE 254
Blantyre
MALAWI


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