This report assesses Norway’s progress on the commitments made in the White Paper 25, Education for Development, on the inclusion of the needs of children With disabilitites in bilateral and multilateral Development Cooperation. The report finds that the verdict is decidedly mixed. While Norway has played an important normative role in advocating for disability inclusion in global education, it is nevertheless the case that these efforts have, thus far, resulted in few verifiable results.
The idea behind this booklet was conceived in a car on a
bumpy road in Malawi, where Ms Lilian Mariga first showed
me a copy of a teachers' manual for supporting children with
disabilities. The manual was comprehensive and detailed, and
well used. An idea started to grow; Ms Mariga's manual should
be adapted to provide information on deafblindness. And – it
should be accessible for not only teachers, but for parents and
for all persons who interact with persons with deafblindness.
Mens Norge har ligget i en usedvanlig het sommerdvale har verden tatt viktige skritt fremover for å sikre fattige funksjonshemmedes rettigheter og et godt liv. 24. juli gikk verdens første Global Disability Summit av stabelen i London. Møtet resulterte i mer enn bare prat. Nå håper vi Norge følger opp.