The World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), along with UNICEF will conduct a three-day technical learning session to discuss disability inclusive education in Africa.
The event, co-hosted by the government of Kenya, will be held in Nairobi on Tuesday until Thursday this week.
According to the World Bank Group, it is estimated that fewer than 10 percent of children with disabilities in Africa attend school. The learning event is targeted towards sharing knowledge and capacity building for effective disability inclusive education planning and practices in Africa.
The Group said it will bring together development partners as well as civil society and ministry of education representatives from 11 countries across the region, including Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, among others.
“Kenya is committed to ensuring that all children, regardless of their abilities or disabilities, get the same opportunity of accessing quality education services in an inclusive manner, not just because our laws and international obligations require that we do so, but also because the society itself is inclusive and therefore it is the right thing to do,” said Amina Mohammed, Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of Education.
World Report on disability, released in 2011, revealed that 6.4 percent of children under the age of 14 live with disabilities in Africa. Children with disabilities attend school at rates lower than their peers without disabilities. They are at a higher risk of dropping out and have fewer opportunities to participate and achieve quality education. The learning session will promote solutions and increase knowledge of effective disability inclusive education planning, financing and implementation in sub-Saharan Africa.
“Inclusive education means that all children, no matter who they are, can learn together in the same school. The importance of quality inclusive education- to leave no one behind, is the cornerstone for providing a brighter future for all young Kenyans” said Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, World Bank Country Director for Kenya.
World Bank Global Disability Advisor, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo said: “In many countries, disability inclusive policy, education planning, and implementation remains aspirational. We must collaborate, coordinate, share technical expertise and resources to move along the path of creating equitable and quality inclusive education for all, including children with disabilities.”
Source: ANA|COMPATRIOT MAGAZINE