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Urgent action needed to ensure education for all

Book has chapter on SA & Zim by OSISA programme officer 

It is not often that a constitutional democratic state faces a full blown strike by one of the three arms of government but that is exactly what happened in Malawi this year – with non-judicial staff downing tools for 2 ½ months and all judicial officials joining them for the last two weeks. This column looks at the unfortunate ramifications of this extraordinary strike, which resulted in the country’s entire judicial system shutting down.

Every Swazi child shall, within three years of the commencement of this Constitution have the right to free education in public schools at least up to the end of primary school, beginning with the first grade.

In DRC death is as commonplace as it is mysterious. But for better or for worse, in the local political realm, some deaths are more important than others. Augustin Katumba Mwanke’s passing away - when the private jet in which he and his colleagues were traveling missed the runway at Bukavu airport and crashed in a river - is one such important death.

This study is a companion to the status of disability rights in southern Africa report and provides more detailed information on each of the nine countries included in the study. Together they paint a vivid and depressing picture of the marginalisation of disabled people, the huge challenges faced by disabled peoples’ organisations (DPOs) and the lack of any focus on disability rights by governments across the region – from Angola to Mozambique to Zimbabwe.

It often feels as if advocates for different groups are trying to out-do each other in order to claim that their group is the most marginalised. But new research on disability rights in southern Africa should end the argument once and for all – the most marginalised people are people with disabilities.

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