Education is a human right
Receiving an education is one of the primary ways people living in poor communities can break out of the poverty cycle. If children get an education, the benefits are lifelong with the potential to impact future generations.
CBM’s work in inclusive education is based on the principle that all children should be able to attend school and that children should not be excluded from this human right.
Our work aims to equip mainstream educational institutions to be accessible in all areas for students with disabilities.
The daily challenge of receiving an education
There are immense daily obstacles for a child with disabilities living in poverty to receive an education. We’ve found that every child has a unique story but there are common themes that can be addressed to help make a real, lasting difference. These are:
- Access to rehabilitation therapy and, for example, mobility or vision aids to assist readiness for school.
- The challenges of getting to school on time and on their own without the help of primary carers.
- Access to the classroom because the school doesn’t have a ramp or space for wheelchair access.
- Communication challenges in class, for example, teachers unable to use sign language or provide Braille teaching.
- Access to toilets as schools in poor communities are not typically designed to accommodate the needs of children with disabilities.
In the face of all these obstacles, many children with disabilities are left out of the education system with lifelong consequences.
What we do to help
At CBM, we want every child with disabilities to benefit from inclusive education. To achieve sustainable outcomes, we have found the following areas of focus to have the biggest impact in bringing about the required change.