MINISTRY CONSULTS ON INCLUSIVE EDUCATION
MBABANE – The Ministry of Education and Training Special Education Needs Unit is conducting consultations with the aim of having a common understanding of Inclusive Education in the country.
Participating partners include persons living with disabilities, civil society and development partners.
The three-day validation meeting was held at the Thokoza Church Centre. Special Education Senior Inspector Cebsile Nxumalo, who was addressing participants during the closing, said they were meeting various stakeholders on a consultative process. Nxumalo said the main objective of the meeting was to validate the SADC Inclusive Education Strategy which was recommended in June 2012 during the SADC Conference for Education for Children with Disabilities.
She said during the conference findings of a previous study on the education for children with disabilities were also presented where recommendations were made. Such recommendations included the need for the SADC strategy on inclusive education.
Since then, Nxumalo said they have been working on the strategy so that it is validated and presented to SADC ministers of Education in June in Malawi.
Currently, she said they were busy with the consultation process whereby they want to have a holistic understanding of the Inclusive Education in Swaziland. As a result, she said they were working on developing an inclusive society. Nxumalo said Swaziland, being a signatory of the UN Conventions of Rights of Persons with Disabilities, had to play a role in adhering to it.
This, she said could only be accomplished through the working together of all service providers in ensuring that the rights of persons with disabilities are respected.
To take the SADC Inclusive Education Strategy further, Nxumalo said already the country has introduced an in-service and Pre-service training at College and University level.
Through such trainings Nxumalo said they will be able to produce more teachers who are highly skilled in inclusive education.
She said Swaziland operated with the Twin Track Approach that promoted inclusive education. In this approach, Nxumalo said there was a provision for infrastructure modification and provision of teaching and learning material among other things.
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