Inclusive Education project

Inclusive Education in Primary Schools in Shire Highlands in Education n Malawi

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Project Details
1 Project title: 
Inclusive Education in Primary Schools in Shire Highlands in Education n Malawi
1.1 Country: 
Malawi
1.2 Does the project include disabled students within mainstream classrooms?: 
Yes
1.2.1 Is your inclusive education project based on the idea of changing the school environment rather than asking disabled students to adapt to existing classrooms and facilities?: 
Yes
1.2.2 Do the same teachers teach children with disabilities and non-disabled students?: 
Yes
1.2.3 Has the curriculum been adapted to meet the needs of both disabled and non-disabled students?: 
Yes
1.2.4 If so, do all students study the same curriculum?: 
Yes
1.2.5 Do all students have the same educational opportunities – for instance, to study the same subjects, take the same examinations and obtain the same educational qualifications?: 
Yes
1.2.6 Does the project work to change schools’ physical environments, such as providing ramps, better lighting, accessible toilets, etc.?: 
Yes
1.2.7 Please describe fully specific opportunities that your project provides to disabled students, problems encountered, and planned improvements and activities: 

The Inclusive Education in Malawi Primary Schools Project is being implemented by the Ministry of Education through Montfort Special Needs Education College with financial support from Leonard Cheshire Disability. The project is being managed by the Leonard Cheshire Disability Southern Africa Regional Office, which works directly with Montfort College. The overall aim of the project is to promote access to children with disabilities in primary schools in Malawi, specifically Shire Highlands Education Division. Currently the project operates in Thyolo and Phalombe districts and targets ten primary schools. The services being provided are training of teachers, school management committees and village development committees, identification of learners with disabilities in and outside school, adaptation of existing school infrastructure such as toilets, classrooms and playgrounds. Each school has child-to-child clubs and parent support groups.

1.3 Describe the area of work: 
Primary
1.4 Starting date: 
2008
1.5 End date: 
On-going
1.6 Does the project cover the whole country?: 
No
1.7 If 'No', specify project locations: 
The project is in one of the six education divisions, Shire Highlands Division.
1.9 Specify students' impairments targeted in the project: 
Visual or blind
Hearing or deaf
Mental health
Learning or intellectual
Mobility or physical
Language disorders
1.10 What activities, type of interventions does the project include?: 
Making buildings accessible
Teacher training for inclusive education
Parent groups or parent support
Provision of text book and other classroom materials (including ICT) in accessible formats
Law and policy
2. Does your country have any laws that require a disabled child to attend mainstream school?: 
Yes
2.1 Describe the law: 
Malawi's constitution stipulates that every child has a right to education.
2.2 Does your country have any laws that allow a disabled child to attend mainstream school?: 
Yes
2.3 Describe the Law: 

The Malawi constitution emphasises that parents have the right to have children with disabilities access education at any school of their choice in the country.

2.4 Are there any laws being developed concerning disabled children's access to education?: 
Yes
2.5 Describe the Law which is under development: 

Equalisation of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities Bill.

2.6 Does the ministry have an official policy on education for children with disabilities?: 
Yes
2.7 Describe the policies: 

The National Policy on Special Needs Education focuses on access, equity, quality and relevance of education, as well as early identification, placement, preventive care and support for learners with special educational needs.

Contact details
3. Contact details of the person and the ministry in charge of the project.
Name of the person: 
Mr David Njaidi
Job Title: 
Deputy Director
Name of the organisation (Ministry) in charge: 
Min. of Education- Montfort Special Needs College
Phone number: 
+265 1774241/ 265 888329061
Postal address: 
Min. of Education, Science and Technology, Private Bag 328, Lilongwe, Malawi.
Name of the contact person 2: 
Lazarus Thomu
Phone number 2: 
265 888892405
NGO Details
3.1 Contact details of NGO involved
Name of the person in charge: 
Lettie Longwe
Job Title: 
Regional Representative
Name of the organisation: 
Leonard Cheshire Disability - Southern Africa Regional Office
Postal address: 
P.O. Box 5603, Half House, 1685 Midrand Johannesberg South Africa
Phone number 1: 
(011) 3123041/3047
Email 1: 
Description of the project
4. Brief description of the project
4. Brief description of the project: 

The Inclusive Education in Malawi Primary Schools Project is being implemented by the Ministry of Education through Montfort Special Needs Education College with financial support from Leonard Cheshire Disability. The project is being managed by the Leonard Cheshire Disability Southern Africa Regional Office, which works directly with Montfort College. The overall aim of the project is to promote access to children with disabilities in primary schools in Malawi, specifically Shire Highlands Education Division. Currently the project operates in Thyolo and Phalombe districts and targets ten primary schools. The services being provided are training of teachers, school management committees and village development committees, identification of learners with disabilities in and outside school, adaptation of existing school infrastructure such as toilets, classrooms and playgrounds. Each school has child-to-child clubs and parent support groups.

4.1 Electronic links / URL for any documentation, manuals or training materials you are willing to share: 

The project has development training manuals.

4.2 Additional Notes: 

The project’s current challenges include inadequate funding, a lack of project transport, a need for permanent project personnel, and a lack of ICT materials for learners.

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