Nearly half of children with disabilities in Zambia have never been to school. Many families and communities do not see the value of educating them; families that do want to send their disabled children to school face a range of physical and social barriers including a lack of accessibility, negative attitudes and few appropriately trained teachers.
We currently have three inclusive education projects in Zambia.
Comic Relief and the European Union are funding inclusive education projects in Kafue, Mazabuka, Pemba, Monze, Choma, Kalomo and Livingstone Districts, Zambia:
- Improving the life chances of children with disabilities in Zambia through inclusive education (Comic Relief).
- Inclusive education for disabled children in Zambia (European Union).
In total, the two projects will support 2,000 disabled children in Zambia to go to school. In partnership with the Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia, we are working with 100 schools to improve their accessibility, train teachers in inclusive teaching methods, and establish child-to-child clubs for children with and without disabilities to learn and play together. We are also raising awareness of disability with parents, communities and government and establishing support groups for parents.
Featured as part of Comic Relief's Red Nose Day 2015 campaign, sports presenter Gabby Logan met Darius Sichone when she visited our inclusive education project in Zambia.
Darius contracted measles as a boy which left him unable to walk to school.
Now 17, Darius is now being supported to become more mobile and is hoping to participate in vocational training to develop the skills he needs to start work.
Access to Inclusive Education for Disabled Children in Zambia
Funders: Tribal Foundation and others
This project is reaching nearly 30% of schools in Kafue District in Zambia, supporting the complete inclusion of children with disabilities through individual support, making buildings more accessible, teacher training and conducting educational and medical assessments. We are also raising awareness of disability in communities across the district.