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Mohammad Yaaseen Edoo

Mohammad Yaaseen Edoo

Mohammad Yaaseen Edoo is a role model for disabled people in his country, Mauritius, where he advocates for inclusive education, accessibility and employment for people living with disabilities.

Growing up, Yaaseen Edoo never had the opportunity to attend primary school because of his disability, spina bifida – a malformation of the vertebral column affecting the spine and the nervous system.

With the support of a primary school teacher who came to his house voluntarily once in a week, Yaaseen Edoo was able to sit for the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) which he passed brilliantly. He later proceeded to secondary school and then the Université Des Mascareignes at Beau Plan Pamplemousses where he got a BSc in Multimedia and Web Technologies. At the university, he advocated for an instalment of ramps for wheelchair users and this was set up.

Yaaseen is a global campaigner for Leonard Cheshire Disability, the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. He is a Board Member of the National Council for the Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons (NCRD), a committee of the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions in Mauritius.

In June 2015, Yaaseen Edoo received the Queen’s Young Leader Award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for his advocacy work on equal rights of persons with disabilities in Mauritius. The same year, he was recognised as Outstanding Young Person of the year by Junior Chamber International (JCI) Mauritius.

Yaaseen Edoo is also an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society and a Global Youth Ambassador for Education with A World at School.