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Visit of the team form Christian Blind Mission (CBM) to PIASS

November 04th, 2022, we received visitors from Christian Blind Mission (CBM). The team was made of Dr. Silja Joneleit-Oesch, Dr.Wolfhard Schweiker from Universität Tübingen of Germany and Emmy Rwamurangwa of CBM-Rwanda. They were received by Prof. Dr. Penine Uwimbabazi the Vice Chancellor of PIASS. We had discussions about possibilities of partnership on community development and wellbeing, inclusive education and theology.

Rev. Dr. Viateur Habarurema, the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academics, made a presentation about PIASS and the faculty of Theology in particular, and he explained how the institution have grown since its establishment in 1970 up to now. After his presentation, we explored different challenges that People with Disabilities (PWDs) are facing, not only in education sector but also in churches and in the community. To address those challenges, possible actions such as joint research activities, trainings of church and community leaders about the inclusiveness of PWDs and raising community awareness about PWDs were discussed.

In the afternoon, visitors are meeting with students of the faculty of Theology, to discuss their role in applying the inclusive theology in their respective churches. It was revealed that there is a need of churches to have skilled people who can translate for PWDs. The visit is a foundation of the future collaboration.