Inclusive Futures in Rwanda

Inclusive Futures in Rwanda develops national standards for the education of children with disabilities and other special educational needs (SEN) to provide a framework for quality inclusive education.
2013Rwanda

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
School supportHandicap InternationalCambridge Education [Fund Manager]Inclusive EducationPrimaryLower secondary

Location Data

Kamonyi and Rubavu

 

This program was piloted with support from the Innovation for Education Fund, a partnership between the Governments of Rwanda and the UK, managed by Cambridge Education

 

This project developed and tested a set of national standards for the education of children with disabilities and other special educational needs (SEN) to provide a framework for quality inclusive education. The framework is designed to enable better retention rates, improve learning outcomes and improve post-primary transition for children with SEN. At the local level, parents, learners, teachers and head teachers were involved in 24 schools across the districts of Kamonyi and Rubavu. A broad package of support was provided in these 24 schools, including:

(i) support to schools to create a supportive physical school environment for children with disabilities,

(ii) community outreach work to make sure children with disabilities go to school,

(iii) development and monitoring of individual learning plans for children with SEN,

(iv) support to teachers to address individual learning needs of children with SEN in mainstream classrooms,

(v) assist parents to support the education of their children and to engage in education friendly income generating activities to help cover the additional expenses for the school,

(vi) provide other support and tools to children with SEN.

Developing and introducing national standards for inclusive education was new to the Rwandan context.Schools in Rwanda did not have the proper frameworks and teacher competencies to address the unique needs of students with disabilities.

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