Malawi government has managed to mainstream about 90,000 disabled children in schools under the Inclusive Education programme, Ministry of Education has revealed.
The figure has doubled over the years since government created the Department of Special Needs Education in the Ministry of Education in 2005.
Director for Special Needs Education, David Njaidi said on Wednesday during a three-day training workshop on Inclusive Education organized by Parents of Disabled Children Association of Malawi (Podcam), that government has made progress in promoting education for all.
“Government’s interest is that children with disabilities and other special needs should be in schools under the education for all initiative and through various policies including the Education Act,” explained Njaidi.
Njaidi said Inclusive Education was introduced to deal with different challenges children with disabilities experience in their quest to access education.
“Instead of being enrolled in special schools, Inclusive Education programme gives them opportunity to be mainstreamed in normal schools in their communities just like anybody else.
“Meanwhile over 90,000 children are in schools, an increase from 43,000 students registered in 2005,” he added.
He further disclosed that currently through the Inclusive Education, schools have started modifying their structures to accommodate the disabled.
“Now schools have ramps and disability friendly toilets. We believe in the years to come the situation will improve and that almost every school will have such structures to accommodate people with disabilities”.
Podcam Executive Director, Miriam Namanja while hailing the Ministry’s efforts, said there were a lot to be done for the country’s education system to fully accommodate people with disabilities.
“There is not enough progress on Inclusive Education; there is a slight improvement but not to the expectations. We believe there is a long way to go for the country to fully embrace Inclusive Education,” said Namanja.
Namanja said her organization was interested in promoting education among children with disabilities, and decided to hold the training workshop to build up knowledge and skills on how to mainstream Inclusive Education.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :