We launched our partnership in Zambia in 2020 to continue our mission to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

Zambia Association of Parents for Children with Disabilities (ZAPCD)
OUR PARTNER

Zambia Association of Parents for Children with Disabilities (ZAPCD)

ZAPCD is a membership organisation made up of parents of children and young people with disabilities who advocate for change.

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In Zambia, it is estimated that 18% of children with disabilities have been refused entry to a school or preschool because of their disability. All these children face discrimination preventing their inclusion.

We are trying to change this.

17

million

people in Zambia have a disability. The vast majority of these are children.

45

%

of children in Zambia don’t finish primary education.

81

%

of people with disabilities in Zambia live below the poverty line

What our plans are

Together with our partner Zambia Association of Parents for Children with Disabilities (ZAPCD), plans are underway to carry out a national review of the availability and accessibility of Early Childhood Education (ECE) services for children with disabilities in Zambia. We will identify the common barriers children with disabilities face, what successful approaches for inclusive early childhood education in Zambia already exist, and what are perceived to be the most sustainable solutions for furthering inclusive early childhood education in the current context.
We are looking forward to including children with disabilities themselves, parents of children with disabilities, community leaders, Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), government officials, teachers, and other education professionals in our research.

FUTURE PLANS

Inclusive Early Childhood Development in Zambia

Following our new partnership in Zambia, we are looking for funding for a project that seeks to improve access to quality Inclusive Early Childhood Education for Children with disabilities in partnership with our partner Zambia Association of Parents for Children with Disabilities (ZAPCD).

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Together, we can transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable children.

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