University Involvement in the Special Olympics Movement
Uwase and Fabrice are Special Olympics Youth Leaders from Rwanda who will lead a Youth Innovation Project to engage local universities in Special Olympics programs. This includes creating opportunities for youth with and without intellectual disabilities to participate in art and drama classes, sports, and speech and debate training. In doing so, Uwase and Fabrice believe that they will not only be providing extracurricular activities, but help to educate the university students on a model of inclusion.
Over the course of 12 months, Uwase and Fabrice will approach heads of universities in Rwanda to introduce the inclusive project. After collaborating with these universities, Uwase and Fabrice plan to hold assemblies presenting their initiative to the university students. Following the assemblies, Uwase and Fabrice will begin programs in art, drama, sports, speech and debate for participants with and without intellectual disabilities. Competitions will be held between universities’ Unified teams and at the end of the year-long project, a closing ceremony will take place to celebrate all the schools and youth who were involved. This project will engage over 100 youth with and without intellectual disabilities as leaders and athletes, all working together to build the Unified Generation.