Promoting inclusive education for disabled children in Zimbabwe

  • Location: Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe
  • Start date: January 2013
  • Partner: Leonard Cheshire Zimbabwe Trust
  • Funded by: UK government and Vitol Foundation

This project aims to support 3000 children with disabilities to go to school in rural Mashonaland West Province in Zimbabwe. This province has one of the lowest rates of enrolment of children with disabilities in schools in Zimbabwe: according to the Ministry of Education only 1,480 children with disabilities are currently enrolled in school out of a total of at least 16,000 in the four districts that this project operates in. Through the project we will also equip schools with accessible facilities and teacher training, and raise awareness of disability within the local communities. We are also aiming to use the learning from the project to influence inclusive education policy and practice across Zimbabwe.

Project targets:

  • Enrol 1,500 children with disabilities into school and support a further 1,480 to remain in school.
  • Make 30 schools more accessible for children with disabilities.
  • Train 900 teachers in inclusive education policy and practice.