Are We Fulfilling Our Promises? Inclusive Education In Sub-Saharan Africa
Education, a fundamental human right, is essential to individual development and effective participation in society. Therefore, education must be accessible to every single child. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 calls for ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities—a key element in achieving the Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030 and the USAID Journey to Self-Reliance.
This report discusses the state of inclusive education across Sub-Saharan Africa. While many of the broader observations apply to much of the world, we have provided examples that are specific to sub-Saharan Africa throughout this report. This report includes five sections:
- Section 1: description of inclusive, integrated, and segregated schooling for children with disabilities.
- Section 2 Government Priority: reviews declarations, laws, policies, and funding allocations through which Sub-SaharanAfrican countries prioritize or recognize inclusive education.
- Section 3 School Access: reviews data on inclusive education, including the school attendance and school completion of learners with disabilities, as well as the barriers to enrollment and retention.
- Section 4 School Experience: reviews the practical experience of learners with disabilities in school, including how accessibility of facilities, bullying and violence, and instructional accommodations affects this experience.
- Section 5: review of USAID’s initiatives to support inclusive education in Sub-Saharan Africa.