Regional study on the fulfilment of the right to education of children with disabilities
Every single child has the right to education
Despite progress in the provision of basic education in Eastern and Southern Africa, there remain challenges that need to be addressed. As governments and international organizations move forward with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), children with disabilities represent a group whose right to education is not fully realized.
Between December 2014 and August 2015 the Education Development Trust and UNICEF ESARO conducted a research programme to investigate the extent of fulfilment of the right to education of children with disabilities in Eastern and Southern Africa. The research programme was composed of two parts:
• Part 1 (reported here) was a primarily desk-based regional study of the 21 countries covered by UNICEF ESARO that investigates the fulfilment of the right to education of children with disabilities across the region.
• Part 2 included three detailed studies in the Comoros, Madagascar and Rwanda, which provided a more in-depth analysis of the realization of the right to education of children with disabilities. Each study was comprised of interviews and focus group discussions with stakeholders at all levels including representatives of government, NGOs, civil society organizations (CSOs) and schools and communities; observation visits to a selection of schools; and consideration of four domains of barriers and bottlenecks (enabling factors, supply-side factors, demand-side factors and quality of provision factors).
These studies were conducted between January and April 2015 and are reported separately in three standalone documents – elements of the analyses are included in this report