Under the patronage of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and in cooperation with Sasol, the international chemicals and energy company, Qatar opened the region’s very first Inclusive Playground at Al Legtaifiya Park in Zone 66, featuring modified playground equipment which includes a slide and a swing for wheelchair users.
The launch was attended by Sasol joint CEO Stephen Cornell and Bongani Nqwababa. Representatives from the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Accessible Qatar, and children with mobility impairment from Al Shafallah Center were also there.
All attendees had the opportunity to experience the park first hand, and were treated to a special demonstration of wheelchair fencing, among the inclusive sports supported by the Accessible Qatar initiative.
Inspired by an Article
The inspiration behind the inclusive playground came after an article in a local newspaper: ‘Where Should I Play?’ Cry of a Disabled Child. The article mentioned how a child was unhappy because he could not play with his friends.
Sasol wanted to provide a solution for children with disabilities unable to play on playgrounds, to be able to play with their friends. They found the right solution through the inclusive playground equipment.
The Inclusive Playground is the latest breakthrough for Accessible Qatar, a Sasol initiative designed to support inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities in the local community. Since the launch of Definitely Able in 2012, Sasol has made strides in raising awareness and addressing issues of inclusion and empowerment for Qatar’s disabled community. Information about accessibility of venues in Qatar are now available through the Accessible Qatar App, available in Apple Store, Google Playstore and Microsoft Store.
Get the park location here.
Sasol President and CEO Bongani Nqwababa said that they believe that in order to build a strong society, everyone should be included and that no one should be left behind.
Strategic investments such as this playground, will lead the conversation and build awareness about the important role that People with Disabilities can have in our communities. We are proud to work together with the Ministry of Municipality and the Environment to make this Inclusive Playground a reality.’
Parks Department Director Mohammad Al Khoori said they are able to break new grounds with partners like Sasol.
We are able to break new ground and bring the best global resources to bear in achieving the Qatar National Vision 2030, ensuring a society that welcomes, includes, and promotes people of all abilities. I am certain that this park will be loved by all children, even adults with mobility impairment, and today’s event showed how fun that can be.’
For more information about the other initiatives for people with disabilities, visit the Accessible Qatar website through this link.