The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools (USC) program is aimed at promoting social inclusion through intentionally planned and implemented activities affecting systems-wide change.
With sports as the foundation, the UCS program achieve its aim by implementing a three component model that offers a unique combination of effective activities that equip young people with tools and training to create sports, classroom and school climates of acceptance. These school climate of acceptance create a safe space where students with disabilities feel welcome and are routinely included in, and feel a part of, all activities, opportunities and functions.
This is accomplished by implementing inclusive sports, inclusive youth leadership opportunities, and whole school engagement.
The program is designed to be woven into the fabric of the school, enhancing current efforts and providing rich opportunities that lead to meaningful change in creating a socially inclusive school that supports and engages all learners.
Special Olympics Nigeria is one of several Special Olympics program across the world currently implementing the UCS program in schools across Nigeria. Through the UCS program, we are creating a conducive, safe and inclusive school environment that accepts people with intellectual disabilities and affords them the same rights and privileges as other students to learn and play. Through this program, we ensure that people with intellectual disabilities and those without intellectual disabilities come together and engage in unified activities that promote social inclusion and acceptance in schools across Nigeria.
Together we are creating a Unified Generation that Chooses to Include!