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Title:Access to education by persons with disabilities in Uganda's education system
Authors:Nyombi, Chrispas
Kibandama, Alexander
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:people with disabilities
access to education
educational policy
Abstract:This article examines: 1. the legal and structural developments undertaken by the Ugandan government in response to Article 24 (on education) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD, 2006) to meet its Education-For-All (EFA, 1990 and 2000) targets and millennium goals; and 2. the barriers to inclusive education and how they can be overcome in time to meet the 2015 target. The CRPD and the 1995 Constitution of Uganda provide guarantees, equal opportunities and access to education to persons with disabilities (PWDs). The evolution of the education system in Uganda is reviewed. Since the implementation of the Universal Primary Education (UPE) and Universal Secondary Education (USE) initiatives of 1997 and 2005, respectively, the number of primary and secondary school age children accessing education has gone up. The government has made attempts to improve integration into mainstream education by implementing measures such as the Education Sector Strategic Plan 2004-2015. The removal of school fees and passing of new legislation and policies have helped to promote inclusive education. However, inclusive education requires continued financial commitment, which the government fails to provide. Furthermore, there is a general lack of facilities and resources for PWDs in schools, colleges, and universities. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]