Inclusive Education and Training
Only 9% and 6% of learners with disabilities are able to complete primary and secondary schools respectively in Uganda. We support interventions that increase the uptake of educational programmes for learners with special educational needs – particularly those with disabilities. In this, we ensure that there is a use of technology and other ICTs, effective teacher- learner communication, learning assessment and skills development among others.
ICD promotes rights-based education for Children and Young People with Disabilities through Inclusive Education. This is done through capacity building of the teachers in inclusive and other special instructional methodologies, Parent peer support through formation and utilization of Parents’ Support Groups at the school level, Children support through various child to child activities, school committees, lobbying for policy change and practice, adaptation of school environment through construction of ramps, accessible pit latrines, provision of water systems and provision of learning materials to schools.
The project was implemented in 20 schools including 4 special needs units in Bugiri and Mayuge with funding from Rotary International Britain and Ireland. 1,118 children with disabilities (615 boys and 503 girls) were enrolled between 2015 and 2017 in addition to the 219 (121 boys and 98 girls) who were existing in the project schools. The project provides a low resource model for inclusive education whilst maintaining special needs and specialist education for learners with all impairments. We work with already established government schools to implement the OVC+ model in ensuring that learners get adequate education and training.