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Feature: Skating breaks societal prejudice, empowers young people in Namibia

WINDHOEK, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Skating is empowering children living with disabilities to realize their full potential as well as improve inclusion while helping to reduce stigma and increase self-confidence in adolescents living in Namibia's capital Windhoek.

Through Skate Aid, an international non-profit making organization, young boys and girls from the Namibia Institute of Special Education are breaking societal prejudice and transforming community attitudes, shifting negative perceptions against persons with disabilities.

For Thomas, a learner, growing up with a disability has been very challenging but skating has given him confidence and value. He no longer feels inferior and discriminated against.

"When we are skating, it does not matter if you are blind, deaf, rich or poor, black or white, we are all just the same. We speak the same language and follow the same rules on the court. I am happy to be a part of this team," he said.

The 12-year-old says skating has not only changed his life but it has given him a purpose where he is excited about his future which he hopes will include the sport.

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