The book was launched on 29 January at the University of Cape Town. It describes a unique approach that has been developed and tested in three countries: Lesotho, Zanzibar and Tanzania. The authors have extensive experience in institution building in communities: From work on attitude change that communities get new view of disabled people and gives them the opportunity for a meaningful life. Your book describes strategies to motivate schools, sensitizing parents of disabled children, mobilize communities and train professionals.
Children with disabilities are dealt bad cards when it comes to education.This is particularly true in Africa. A small group attending special schools, but they are then separated from their peers and do not get access to the same learning as them. Even more are excluded from mainstream schools, or they stop right after they have begun. Schools that include all children in their community is the only viable way for disabled children in poor countries go to school. Now all the fine words and promises translated into practical action.
Atlas Alliance has supported the publication of this book, and has collaborated with authors (Lilian Mariga in Zimbabwe and Professor Roy McConkey from Ulster University) for many years. NFU has worked particularly closely with the two. Both Lilian and Roy are recently retired and has passed 70 years, but is still very active in the education field.