Zambia Association of Parents for Children with Disabilities is a membership organisation made up of parents of children and young people with disabilities to advocate on their behalf.

What do they do?

ZAPCD seek to promote and protect the social inclusion, human rights and fundamental freedoms of children and young people with disabilities.

ZAPCD are a key member of Zambia Federation of Disability Organisations (ZAFOD), a partner of Standard Chartered Bank, which is a legally constituted national umbrella organisation for disability organisations in Zambia. ZAFOD has a long history of work in the legal reform and human rights sectors with a membership of 12 organisations and ZAPCD realise a shared goal of advocating for the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities.

Together with ZAFOD, ZAPCD shares a vision of a society where persons with disabilities enjoy equal rights and opportunities that are generally available in society and are necessary for the fundamental rights including education, employment, health, housing, financial and personal security. ZAPCD has delivered projects focused on supporting the employment of young people with disabilities in partnership with Sani Foundation, a programme that primarily supported youth with intellectual impairments.

Find out more about ZAPCD on their website. 

Our work together

Able Child created a partnership with ZAPCD in 2020 following a detailed needs assessment that identified Zambia as an area of focus. Since then, we have worked together to understand the barriers children with disabilities face in assessing inclusive education in the country and have developed a new inclusive education programme.

Our new three-year Early Learning Programme in partnership with Vitol Foundation ensures young children with disabilities have equitable acess to Early Childhood Education. Working across six pre-primary schools in the east of the country, the project is tackling the barriers children with disabilities face. Activities in the first year of the project have targeted parents, teachers, government officials and community leaders, while child-centred activities have encouraged chidlren with and without disabilities to better support each other.

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