All children have a right to an education, and need one to reach their full potential.
Over recent years tremendous progress has been made to reach universal primary education for children across the world. However, children with disabilities continue to be systematically excluded, resulting in many not able to access an education, facing stigma and discrimination. Inclusive education provides a way to challenge and change this situation.
Able Child Africa’s experience working with local partners over many years has demonstrated that inclusive education is the best way to educate children with disabilities. Inclusive education empowers children with and without disabilities to learn together and positively challenge discrimination.
Inclusive teaching practices and educational methodologies have gained popularity with governments, international institutions and NGOs in recent years, resulting in more children than ever receiving a quality inclusive education. This success is something the global community should be proud of, but there are still millions of children with disabilities who are excluded from their right to education.
This paper draws on Able Child Africa’s experience of inclusive education and covers:
- A brief history of the right to education
- The case for inclusive education
- Effective approaches to inclusive education based on our programme delivery with partners
- Key gaps in inclusive education knowledge and practice and our role in addressing them
We hope this paper helps sparks ideas and collaborations in the sector, so we can ensure all children receive a quality inclusive education and are able to reach their full potential