After years of teaching at primary and secondary school level, including coaching more than 53 young people with varying special needs, Premier Skills Coach Educator Hanu realised there were limited initiatives to give young disabled people the chance to play sport in Bandung, Indonesia.
He saw this as an opportunity, and in early 2016 decided to set up the ‘Humaniora Foundation’, a charity which aims to inspire and transform the lives of young persons with disabilities through sport - built upon the basis of equal opportunities and a common passion for sport.
Since its establishment, the Humaniora Foundation has worked with more than 60 children with diverse special needs – whether physical, sensory or development, including down syndrome, autism and visual and auditory impairments.
Not only have the young people involved improved their communication skills, they have gone on to win medals in several competitions, including the Paralympic Games and Special Olympics.
“Premier Skills is not just about football, it shapes our life skills, and empowers us to do more for our community. I am honoured to join this programme. I am confident I have improved my ability to ensure accessibility when delivering coaching sessions both in school and within Humaniora Foundation’s work”
The picture above was taken in October 2019 during a coaching session for the South East Asia Special Olympic Games, Indonesia National Sports Week, and Special Olympics Abu Dhabi 2019.