On Friday 1st May, 2015 at the 2015 General Assembly, more than 50 families and self-advocates from representing 12 countries of Inclusion Africa( IA) gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, to make a number of important decisions for the future of the organization. The General Assembly represents the largest and most widely attended gathering of Pan-African leaders in the Inclusion movement.
The General Assembly appointed an interim-chairman, Jabulane Dikgale, IA Board member from Down Syndrome South Africa, and Mark Mapemba of PODCAM was elected to be the new Self-advocates representative on the IA Board. The new officers took office immediately and will serve until March 2016 when they will be eligible for re-election.
Mr. Dikgale said:
I am honoured to be elected acting chairman an organization which unites our members from around the African continent. Looking to the future you will see Inclusion Africa become a stronger voice in policy debates and working to serve all of its members. In my role as acting chairman, I look forward to working with IA members and global partners to maintain our strong commitment to promoting the rights of families and people with intellectual disabilities.”
Mr. Mapemba promised to deliver on the self-advocay agenda and thanked the General Assembly for bringing in a new face on board.
The General Assembly also approved the 2015-2019 strategic plan and the admission of new members. A list of the new member organizations are included below:
- Collectif Tubakunde – Rwanda
- Association pour la Promotion de L’Enfant Handicapé Mental (APEHM) Envol – Togo
- Association des Parents et Amis des Personnes Encéphalopathes (APAPE) du TOGO – Togo
- SOS Handicap Mental Bénin – Benin
- Inclusion Zambia – Zambia
- Down Syndrome Association Mauritius – Mauritius