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Learners living with disabilities perform better in normal classes

Research shows that when children  living with disabilities attend school alongside peers who do not have disabilities, the former perform better academically.

Acting Director for Special Education Fredrick Hwaga says the conventions have questioned the efficacy of segregating education for learners with disabilities from normal schooling. “International agreements and conventions are calling for education services to be provided in an inclusive manner,” he said.

To this effect, Education policy makers and opinion leaders are poised to meet in Nairobi, to discuss the initiatives African governments are making to entrench disability inclusive education in the continent.

He said inclusive education happens when children with and without disabilities participate and learn together in the same environment.  “The objective of the workshop is to create opportunities for sharing knowledge and capacity building for effective disability- inclusive education planning and practices in Africa,” Hwaga said.

He said it would also provide a chance for fostering exchange and local solutions to disability.“The meeting also aims at strengthening regional and country-specific networks in Africa to promote disability-inclusive education,”he added.

Hwaga said the workshop has attracted staff of the World Bank, USAid and Unicef from the Africa region and from Washington DC. In attendance will be education officials from 11 countries in the Africa region —Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, The Gambia, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia and Kenya.

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