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Has the special education law achieved equity in education acquisition for all affected children in Africa?

The special education law grants equal rights to children living with disability to acquire quality education despite their conditions. I have noted that some communities have children with various disabilities but their needs are not included in the education sector. I believe the inclusion of disabled children should entail the provision of special education resources to aid their learning. During the special education week in our school, I learned that many children in Africa have little or no advocacies regarding their educational ambitions. Despite the provision of the law to control this, it remains a debate whether it works towards promoting equity for all children affected by one form of disability or the other.

Megan Page

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Kevin Sutter on January 15, 2018

The law on special education has not achieved equity for education acquisition of the affected children in Africa. I have learned that despite various governments agreeing on certain legal stipulations on special education, the respective departments, personnel, and individual citizens fail to adhere to them. Having interacted with multiple families with disadvantaged children, they have little information on the law protecting their children. In addition, those who are aware admit having limited capabilities of accessing the resources for special education. I can attest that the law has failed in helping children in some regions. Despite the challenges faced concerning it, the people assigned to work towards it can increase the awareness of the law and the available resources designed to help such children and families. The question of whether equity is possible is common, and according to my experience with communities, a lot of blame is directed towards the law and the inequality therein. Through the laxity experienced in many countries, various families are affected because they have no equal opportunities as their counterparts in regions that are strategic for the resources.

I have often heard that the sector of education in many countries acknowledge that the needs of disadvantaged children are unique from the typical children. Having interacted with some families with affected children, they admit having no information about the special weeks of special education during which various stakeholders make awareness concerning the services and resources. As a result, they suffer the burden of taking care of their loved one with limited resources. If the special education regulation would consider the people in remote areas who may not know the occurrences in the prime areas, the challenges children with disability face could be resolved amicably. I have encountered some children suffering because of their conditions. Some are mentally challenged, but with no special schools to attend. Some are physically challenged but have no equipment to aid their movement and learning. After visiting some schools, I was amazed that some of them have no streaming facilities or infrastructural designs that favor students with disabilities. For example, I know of few institutions that offer special education training for teachers. This translates to low teacher availability for the special children. The presence of the law does not mean everything will be okay. In my view, there is need to incorporate special facilities that can help such children across the continent with equity.

Wilson Hansen2 years ago

I have a different view concerning the issue of special education law and its implementation in Africa. In as much as I do not refute the fact that some people are not beneficiaries of the legal provisions, I still believe the law has been instrumental in aiding learning for special students in the education sector. At least, a significant percentage of the people I have personally talked to know about the law concerning special education. The fact that some children are not benefitting from the special resources set aside for mentally or physically challenged children does not mean the law on the same has failed. A percentage of the responsibility lies in the hands of the guardians or parents who are expected to seek for the services that suit the condition of the children from relevant departments concerned with disability. Therefore, I can tell that the law has done its part; the populace should reach out and receive the aid they need.

Ronald Millera year ago

Unfortunately, we can find cases of students with disabilities facing difficulties to have access to education all over the world. Although it’s true that some countries have implemented a special education law, the reality is that physically challenged students still face many problems to get an education and we can’t say that there’s equality in the educational system. Only a few countries in the world take a part of their annual budgets to allocate it to special education resources, while most countries don’t take the students with disabilities into account and make those students to stay outside the education system.  

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