Special Needs Education: Actions for Real Change (SNEAR)

By CraigNudelman | November 24th, 2011

In Malawi there is a need for Special Need Education, as children with special needs in Malawi have long faced discrimination and exclusion from society because of their disabilities.

Often, children with special needs are at risk of experiencing physical, psychological abuse and sexual exploitation. Dowa district is one of the districts facing enormous challenges in terms of achieving equitable access to quality education especially for the children living in difficult circumstances such as children with special needs.

This situation is contrary to the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) of 2006 and Malawi Government National Education Sector Plan (NESP) 2000-2011 education goals of providing a conducing environment for girls and students with special education needs to enable all to benefit.

PRDO constructed a Special Needs Education Resource centre in Mvera, Dowa through its two year (2009-2010) Basic Education project and over 400 children with special needs are directly benefitting from this project.

This project will seek to take this initiative to the next step by using the model of the resource centre in training the itinerant special programme for SNE specialist teachers. The goal of this project is to make a significant contribution in ensuring children with special needs are enrolled, retained and complete the education cycle to realise their full potential.  

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