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Breaking Barriers

Highlights from the Second Edition of Abilities Expo in Gaborone, Botswana


Fice people, including Thabo Baseki (middle on couch) engaged in discussion on stage at the Abilities Expo 2023

On May 25, 2023, the vibrant city of Gaborone played host to the highly anticipated second edition of the Abilities Expo. Under the theme "Adapt, Improvise, Overcome," this extraordinary event served as a platform to showcase talent, creativity, and unwavering perseverance in the face of challenges. Participants from all walks of life united to honor the diversity of abilities and embrace the power of shared knowledge.


The Abilities Expo spanned a single day but was packed with captivating conversations, exhibitions, and breathtaking performances. Attendees were treated to a rich array of activities, including soul-stirring music, interesting dance routines, and a wide range of products and services offered by Persons With Disabilities (PWDs).


One of the event's most inspiring moments was a thought-provoking conversation entitled "The Economic Empowerment of Young People with Disabilities." Spearheaded by the Expo's director, Ms. Rowena Koloi, the discussion featured a diverse panel comprising representatives from the disability community, the United Nations Botswana, the U.S. embassy in Botswana, and the private sector. Together, they shared practical strategies for overcoming obstacles and carving pathways to success for PWDs in highly competitive industries. This powerful exchange underscored the unwavering determination, unconquerable human spirit, and boundless potential that people with disabilities bring to the economic sector.


The Expo also boasted an impressive array of exhibits showcasing the latest products, services, and technological innovations in the field of disability. Attendees had the opportunity to explore stalls dedicated to accessibility services, health, and education, gaining valuable insights into inclusive solutions that enhance the lives of PWDs.

Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of the Abilities Expo was the awe-inspiring talent show, featuring captivating performances by individuals with disabilities. The show encompassed a diverse range of talents, from soulful singing to graceful dancing. It served as a poignant reminder that people with disabilities possess unique abilities and talents that deserve widespread recognition and celebration.


The Abilities Expo went beyond being a mere event; it became a meeting ground for individuals to learn from one another and dismantle barriers. It created an inclusive space where people with disabilities could come together, share their experiences, and exchange knowledge. Ultimately, the Expo celebrated the beauty of diversity and reinforced the belief that all individuals, regardless of their abilities, possess the potential to achieve greatness.


Banner for the Abilities Expo 2023 showing the theme "Adapt, Improvise, Overcome" and the hashtag #iamdifferentnotinferior

In summary, the second edition of the Abilities Expo in Gaborone was an overwhelming success. It stood as a testament to the unwavering resilience, unparalleled creativity, and remarkable strength of the disability community. As plans are made for the next Abilities Expo, we encourage everyone, whether living with disability, connected to someone who does, or simply seeking to learn more about the disability community, to join in celebrating diversity, inclusion, and the boundless potential of the human spirit. The Abilities Expo awaits, ready to inspire and transform lives once again.


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