Inclusive development is at home in Bamenda, the city that has been hosting the annual disability conferences for the past and will this year be hosting for the tenth time. Abakwa’s trademark hospitality is breaking new grounds as its people and institutions foster an inclusive culture.
Estimated to have over half a million people, the town’s dedication to education is perhaps its most powerful asset. A good portion of the city’s students are growing up in an environment where they interact with their disabled mates daily, share in their challenges and unite in their aspirations. A solid partnership between local authorities and organizations promoting inclusion is yielding results, and community involvement is changing perceptions and attitudes.
Bamenda’s urban feeling, and its roots in rural working class values will no doubt lend its diversity to the 10th Annual Bamenda Conference on Disability and Rehabilitation.