Getting children with disabilities into schools
Breaking the cycle of disability and poverty through education, by getting children with disabilities in Mozambique into school, and making sure that they receive a quality education that will equip them well for the future.
Did you know that 90% of children with disabilities in developing countries do not receive an education? And in Mozambique it is estimated that over 14 000 children with disabilities are out of school. If a child is not educated then they are condemned to a life of poverty, with severely limited prospects. Excluded from the economic and social life of their communities, what kind of future can they have?
POWER is working hard to change the lives and futures of these children, by getting them into schools, and by ensuring that the schools and teachers are well equipped to provide them with a quality education. It is also a sad truth that many of the mothers of disabled children are abandoned by their husbands, and so live a life of extreme poverty, social isolation and loneliness. POWER is changing this by creating groups where parents can come together to support and learn from each other.
Get at least 500 disabled children into schools in Mozambique.
Activities» Making contact with individual cases of children who are not in school to find out what is barring them from an education, so that it can be remedied.
Success will be when 500 more disabled children are enrolled in a school, and are actively able and happy to attend school.
Ensure schools and teachers have the tools they need to educated disabled children effectively.
Activities» Provide training to teachers on working with disabled children and on disabled people's rights, and ensuring schools are suitably equipped.
Success will be when teachers have confidence in their teaching abilities and when children feel their school has all of the facilities they need.
Support and educate parents and carers of disabled children.
Activities» Set up 'parent groups' which receive training that will be helpful to them and their families e.g. educate them on the rights of disabled people.
Success will be when parents and carers have a good knowledge of their children rights, and feel empowered to ensure they have a fair and good start in life.
Getting children with disabilities into mainstream schools will help to break down barriers of prejudice and discrimination within schools and within the wider society. It is important that people with disabilities are seen as part of society, and are valued for the contributions they can make, as opposed to being isolated from their community and dependent on other people. A change in attitudes will lead to a change in practice, which will hopefully mean that we are one day no longer needed!
There is a low risk that schools and teachers may not be willing to participate in this project, but the risk is minimal because of our close partnership with FAMOD (Association for People with Disabilities in Mozambique) which is a local organization set up to defend the rights of people with disabilities, and is well respected within the country. We also have the support of the government who have a policy which supports the rights of children disabilities.
Donors will receive periodic written evaluations, and progress will be updated on our website (powerinternational.org)
Budget - Project Cost: £399,117Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £19,973 Accessibility Making schools acessebile for the diabled £22,910 Social prep. Training teams and radio brodcasts £31,567 Empowerment Training for parents and radio club set up £38,966 Parent action Clubs and micro-grants for parents £22,200 Supplies All equipment and supplies needed £263,501 Running costs This is how much it costs to make it all happen!
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount EU NSA £312,209 Guaranteed
We are currently working in the Gaza province of Mozambique, in the Xai-Xai, Bilene Macia and Chokwe districts.
This project will not only benefit children with disabilities in this region, but also their carers and families. It will also benefit the schools with whom we are working and members of Disabled Peoples Organizations in the country.
POWER international has been working in Mozambique for over 8 years now, so we have sufficient knowledge of the country and culture to make this project a success. Our local team also have a very good relationships- with local Disabled People's Organizations. In Mozambique and in other parts of the world we have a very strong record of advocating for disabled people's rights and combating both the physical and social barriers that they often come up against.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Vicente is Mozambican and does a fantastic job as our Deputy Country Director. He runs the local office and oversees the project.