Today (December 3) is International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Through the Department For International Development (DFID), the United Kingdom, has supported disabled people in Kenya by making important contributions to data available, educational access and learning outcomes for children with disabilities in Kenya.
The UK aid-funded national special needs survey has collected comprehensive data on the educational needs of children with disabilities for the first time in Kenya.
An all new DFID infrastructure should provide easier access to learning facilities by disabled children, and visually and hearing impaired children will soon be supported with learning materials.
An example of how Britain supports persons with disabilities in Kenya is through Sightsavers which supports the Ministry of Education’s Kenya Integrated Education Programme, which is working to build capacity in the government education system to identify and include children with disabilities in mainstream education amongst other activities.
A Leonard Cheshire Trust project worked with the community, pupils and teachers to make environmental adaptions at ve schools in Kenya which led to a 113% increase in enrolment rates.
In Kenya, VSO works in partnership with Education Assessment Resource Centres (EARCs), belonging to the Ministry of Education, in 28 districts. The EARCs support schools in becoming inclusive. As part of the inclusive education strategy, EARCs facilitate the creation of parents’ groups. With VSO’s support, parents’ groups now include parents of disabled children. Most groups are now registered at the EARCs as Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) groups. Groups meet regularly in school premises and are actively involved in improving schools’ accessibility and inclusiveness as well as referring children out of education in the community to schools.
Also, the Education Assessment Resource Centres play a role in providing interventions such as physical therapy, hearing aids, ramps to school buildings, wheelchairs, crutches, glasses and surgery, to ensure access of children with disabilities to education.