Different Disabilities, Same Goal

  • Written by: Tafadzwa Masviba

In a heart-warming display of inclusivity and empowerment, the ZDDT Horticultural School recently hosted its first-ever integrated training session for the major institutions for the disabled in Bulawayo.

The training brought together participants from Sir Humphrey Gibbs, KGVI, and Mustard Seed Communities, creating an environment of collaboration and learning for individuals with disabilities.

The initiative, aimed at promoting skills development and independence among this too often marginalised community, marked a significant milestone for the Horticultural School and the participating institutions. By providing a platform for individuals from different backgrounds to come together, the training fostered a sense of unity and shared purpose.

During the training, participants were exposed to a range of horticultural techniques and practices, including the planting, nurturing and harvesting of various crops.

The Horticultural School's experienced trainers guided the participants through hands-on activities, enabling them to develop practical skills and gain valuable knowledge in the field.

The integrated training not only offered participants the opportunity to learn new skills but also encouraged social interaction and the building of relationships.

Participants from different institutions had the chance to engage with one another, share experiences, and support one another throughout the training process.

This aspect of the programme proved to be particularly valuable, as it promoted a sense of community and belonging among the participants and gave them confidence, both as people and as exponents of the art of vegetable farming.

The ZDDT Horticultural School's commitment to inclusivity and empowerment was evident throughout the training.

The facilities were designed with accessibility in mind, ensuring that all participants could fully engage in the activities. Trainers also employed inclusive teaching methods, accommodating the diverse needs and abilities of the participants.

The success of this integrated training session highlights the importance of creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop skills and contribute to their communities. By promoting inclusivity and providing a supportive learning environment, the Horticultural School is empowering participants to lead independent and fulfilling lives.

Going forward, the Horticultural School aims to expand its integrated training programme, reaching out to more disabled institutions in Bulawayo and beyond. By continuing to provide inclusive learning experiences, the school hopes to break down barriers and challenge societal perceptions surrounding disability.

The ZDDT Horticultural School's first integrated training for disabled institutions in Bulawayo has set a positive precedent for the future.

By prioritizing inclusivity and empowerment, this initiative has, not only equipped participants with valuable skills but also fostered a sense of unity, camaraderie and self-belief.

As the school continues to champion the rights and abilities of individuals with disabilities, it is paving the way for a more inclusive and equitable society.