Earlier this month, Paralympian and disabled rights activist Anne Wafula-Strike took part in a live, interactive debate on the BBC website. The debate was part of the BBC’s ‘World Class’ project, which brings together school aged children from around the world to join interactive forums to learn about and discuss issues that affect children all over the world. Joining the discussion were classes of pupils from as far apart as Bedford, Mexico, Cyprus, Kenya and Nepal!
World Class have been running a series of programs on the theme of Olympic and Paralympic values, the main focus from Anne being the idea of courage. The live debate featured a short film about a young boy named Alex who, like Anne, contracted polio as a child and is now disabled. Alex talks about his struggles with continuing his education high in the Kenyan mountains having the use of only one leg.
The children were able to ask Anne questions via Twitter which she happily responded to for over an hour and a half! The whole event was an excellent opportunity for these children to hear and learn from people living with disabilities and the challenges they face. We strongly recommend you check it out for yourself.