Improving educational outcomes for children with disabilities in the Lake Region, Kenya

This project has now ended. Find out about our current projects on our inclusive education page.

Location: The Lake Region, Kenya
Start date: September 2012
Partner: Maseno University
Funded by: Sightsavers

A lack of relevant, accurate information at key stages of a disabled child’s development means that many don't progress academically at the same rate as non-disabled children. This project supports 500 children with disabilities to attend mainstream primary schools, developing improved tools and systems to monitor their progression through school. This will include:

  • Standardising high quality educational assessments
  • Creating child-centred, multi-agency development plans
  • Integrating new methodologies into existing processes

We are working alongside ten inclusive primary schools, together with other service providers, community members and duty-bearers. We will monitor how the improved tools and systems impact on the enrolment, retention and academic performance of children with disabilities at primary school. The findings will be shared with the Ministries of Health and Education so that they can implement inclusive strategies for education.

Project targets:

  • 500 children with disabilities enrolled in mainstream schools
  • Improved educational tools and systems for data collection
  • 2,000 family members of disabled children better able to support their child’s educational and functional development
  • 40 teachers better able to work effectively with disabled children

Project highlights include:

  • The project team recently met with eight Ministry of Education officials in Awasi and shared the details of the project. The meeting was very positive and the officals agreed to share information and work jointly for the benefit of children with disabilities.
  • A local hospital in the region has been elevated from a health centre to a district hospital and received more specialist personnel and resources. This will allow the children who are assessed as part of the project to have access to specialised medical attention in a closer location. Previously, children with disabilities had to travel to the provincial hospital miles away for specialised treatment, rehabilitation and medication.
  • A field study and data collection was conducted for six days in collaboration with Maseno University’s Department of Special Needs Education. This included 10 focus group discussions and 6 in-depth interviews. The findings will help stakeholders to identify and prioritise issues to be addressed during the project.