|Secretary for Education, Science and Technology Lonely Magreta has said the inclusive education policy is making strides in its quest to achieve universal primary education by 2015.|
Speaking in Salima during a workshop on Inclusive Education Implementation on Wednesday, Magreta said the country has signed and ratified a number of international declarations and conventions hinging on inclusive education such as the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities’ which commits Malawi to improve the status of and situations for persons with disabilities.
She said: “We are, however, facing challenges in implementing inclusive education to targeted children with disabilities due to lack of adequate resources and infrastructure.”
She said that learners with disabilities need a supportive learning environment with disability friendly infrastructure and facilities, as well as classrooms that are well ventilated, with adequate light and wide doors with ramps and rails.
Furthermore, she said disabled children need schools that have learning support assistants, sign language interpreters and scribes on government payroll to enhance communication, mobility, participation and learning.
In his remarks, deputy director for special needs education, David Njaidi, said inclusive education is being well implemented despite limited resources and other challenges.
In response to the global call for inclusive education, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology policies and the National Education Sector Plan (NESP) have included strategies and activities in equity-related interventions for disability, gender and sanitation.