Effective Inclusion and Participation for Children with disabilities

14-May-2020 | News | Petronella Chindumba

Project title: Effective inclusion and participation for Children with disabilities in quality education, health and social services in Zambia

 According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) report on inclusion of people with disability in Zambia, it is estimated that about 2 million women and men in Zambia or 15 percent of the population have a disability, of which 1.6 percent of Zambia’s population consists of children living with disabilities.  

The report further indicates that a higher percentage of people with disabilities live in the rural areas where access to basic services is limited. They are very few facilities such as schools, health centres and recreation facilities that offer services specifically designed for children with special needs. Children with disabilities in Zambia, especially in the rural areas have practically no access to schools and social services and in some cases parents would rather focus their limited resources on abled children.

 This situation, led to the birthing of this project which is titled, “Effective Inclusion and Participation for children with disabilities in quality education, health and social services in Zambia”. The project commenced on 17th January 2018. SOS Children’s Villages Zambia partnered with SOS Austria, Disability Rights Watch, Archie Hinchcliffe Disability Intervention. Other stakeholders are the Ministry of Health, Ministry of General Education, Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare, DPOs, Child Protection Unit (Zambia Police) and the beneficiary communities.  

The total budget for this project is 416,218 Euros funded by the European Union and the Austrian Development Agency So far the following has been archived

 1. 1,500 children with disabilities in Chipata and Chadiza districts have to free paralegal services through mediation to promote non-discrimination and protect their rights to quality inclusive education, health services and social justice in line with the Disabilities Act. 

 2. Community based DPO’s in 15 communities are empowered to improve access of CWD to quality inclusive education, health services and social justice in Chipata and Chadiza districts. 

 3. The target groups on national, districts and community level are sensitised about the right to education and health services of CWD with special attention to the specific needs of girls with disabilities and their situation of multi-level discrimination. 

 4. Promotion of the enactment and implementation of the metal health Act by parliament including meaningful representation of CWD within this Act.





Petronella Chindumba
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