Education is a fundamental human right and is indispensable for the achievement of sustainable development and peace. Today, more than 262 million children and youth are out of school. And 750 million adults are illiterate, fuelling poverty and marginalization.
ASA Foundation education development programs empower people with the knowledge, skills and values to live in dignity, build their lives and contribute to their societies. The sustainable projects ensure inclusive and equitable quality education that promotes lifelong opportunities for vulnerable male and female youth and adults with and without disabilities.
Supported by UNICEF, U.S. Embassy, F.C. Barcelona Foundation, Caritas Germany, Handicap International and RYTHM Foundation, ASA Foundation has been successful in reaching its programming objectives by addressing and transforming inclusive education and sports issues through sustainable Training of Trainer (ToT) and Youth Development (YD) participatory learning workshops, digital learning platforms and inclusive Edu-Sports training empowerment activities for vulnerable male and female youth and young adults with and without disabilities across South East Asia. ASA Foundation’s innovative and unique learning approach not only addresses the need for education and sports development in schools and communities but also raises important gender and disabilities awareness issues by attracting females and youth with disabilities to sports development activities.
The overall goals of implementing the ASA Foundation Inclusive education development projects are as follows:
- Increase equitable access and retention of children, especially females, with disabilities in educational institutions.
- Improve the frequency and quality of physical education lessons in inclusive schools that will have a positive impact on children’s learning outcomes.
- Improve the capacity of male and female inclusive school teachers, principals and school supervisors to deliver a women empowerment and life skills agenda through improving inclusive pedagogical skills and quality sports and play for children, especially females, with and without disabilities.
- Create a positive change in the attitudes of policy makers, service providers, parents and community members towards children, especially females, with disabilities and their rights.
- Increase understanding and commitment supporting inclusive education.
- Engage both boys and girls in organized physical activities, by providing proper play and by securing a safe, open and inclusive environment in which to practice sports and learn.