Much international aid is directed, quite rightly, at the alleviation of poverty. But we, at Disability Africa, observe a tendency to ‘mainstream’ this practice to the exclusion of more thoughtful approaches. We see this working to the detriment of some marginalised groups, especially disabled children.
This view is often implied in discussions about disability, Africa and development. But the case for inclusion is economic, social and above all moral. We should view it as an opportunity rather than an expense.
Good question. For sure, no child deserves to be excluded. And this is exactly why we target our projects at disabled children in Africa.
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We were recently asked: ‘Why are you working on projects in several countries? Wouldn’t it be more efficient to concentrate on just one country?’
It’s a really good question and it deserves an answer. So here goes.
At Disability Africa, we try to think things through before we act. We do get emotional sometimes, but we try never to let that guide our strategy.
It’s a pretty terrible statistic that only 2% of disabled children in Africa attend school, so wherever we go, we are always keen to have the conversation.
Only 2% of disabled children in Africa are attending school. This clearly isn't good enough. But what is inclusive education? Well, it's about much more than just being in the same room. We need to consider the complex reasons why disabled children are denied their right to a quality education and adopt a child-centred approach which looks beyond simple statistics.
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