Inclusive Play Sparking Creativity and Awareness
Amani and Anna are Special Olympics Youth Leaders from The Gambia who will lead a Youth Innovation Project to produce an inclusive play in their school. Students will submit scripts focused on inclusion, including topics around what inclusion means, how a community can be more inclusive, and how young people can create a Unified Generation. The winning script will be turned into a play and the winning student will co-direct and produce the play with the Putney Theatre group from London. Students with and without intellectual disabilities will star in the show. In October 2019, Anna participated in the Special Olympics Africa Regional Youth Leadership Summit in Nairobi, Kenya and learned how the importance of youth leadership and engagement can lead to a stronger Unified Generation.
Over the course of six months, Amani and Anna will involve thirty Youth Leaders with and without intellectual disabilities in their play and hope to have over 500 social media impressions. Amani and Anna have plans to expand their project to other schools and continue educating young people on inclusion in a fun and interactive way. Amani and Anna hope that the play will start a dialogue among students, educators, and parents, as well as raise money for the movement through ticket sales. By organizing an inclusive play in their school, Amani and Anna are encouraging students with and without intellectual disabilities to join the Unified Generation and express what inclusion means to them.