School helps challenge perception of disability
Seaview Primary School, Belfast, has taken part in the education project The Five Star Disability Sports Challenge delivered by Disability Sports Northern Ireland.
The innovative programme aims to contribute to the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by increasing children's awareness and understanding of disabilities. The programme is funded by the Department of Education.
The project was granted the prestigious London 2012 Inspire mark and the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme recognising exceptional and innovative projects. It aims to involve at least two hundred primary schools throughout Northern Ireland in the build up to the London 2012 Games and beyond.
Three people from the project attended Seaview Primary School where they held an assembly addressing the impact a disability has on a young person and how everyday activities, such as playing sport, are difficult for young people who have disabilities.
Classes at Seaview fully participated and enjoyed their half-hour sessions. Pupils were given the opportunity to participate in five disability sports challenges, each based on a Paralympic sport.
Through this, the project hopes to challenge commonly held negative attitudes about people with disabilities, inspiring and encouraging more disabled and non-disabled children to become more active in sport.
Angela Hendra MBE, chairperson of Disability Sports Northern Ireland, said: “We are simply delighted with the Five Star Challenge Education Project and are happy that Seaview Primary School have so enthusiastically come on board.”
She added: “We know the project will showcase disability sport in a very positive way, challenge negative attitudes and will inspire both disabled and non-disabled children to participate and excel in sport.”