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“No child left behind”

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How children with disabilities are being assisted – Angie Motshekga

Keynote Address by the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, MP, at the Ministerial Roundtable on Disability Discussion held at the DBE Conference Centre, PretoriaPost2

Addressing the Educational Rights of Children Who Are At Risk of Compounded Marginalisation

Addressing the Educational Rights of Children who are at risk of compounded marginalisation, Minister Motshega said:

“At the Basic Education Ministry, we would like to reaffirm our commitment to providing access to quality education and support to all children with disabilities. The ensuing discussions under the theme “No Child Left Behind” signify Government’s commitment to ensuring that the constitutional right to basic education is realised for all children, including those with disabilities.”

“In a bid to address the educational rights of children who are at risk of compounded marginalisation, we have developed a new White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This new policy instrument will be presented to the Cabinet this month. The new White Paper broadens the scope in its understanding of marginalisation to include:

– Persons with psycho-social, intellectual and/or neurological disabilities, especially those who live within rural and/or impoverished communities and families,

– Persons that are homeless or displaced or refugees, as they are less likely to access information on their rights, as well as supported decision-making services; and

– Children with severe to profound intellectual disability who are out-of-school.”

Read more on Minister Motshega’s views on inclusive education, and her answer to the recent report stating that more than 500,000 children with disabilities are excluded from basic education. Click here for more…

Silent Exclusion

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Daily Maverick reports on the exclusion of children with disabilities from the SA education system (18 Aug 2015)

Some half-a-million children living with disabilities have been shut out of South Africa’s education system, Human Rights Watch says in a report released today. Although the government claims it has achieved success in the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of providing all children with access to primary schools by 2015, the reality is a far cry from that. Read more…

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