Inclusive Education (IE) in Yei, South Sudan
South Sudan has existed since 2011, when, after many years of civil war, it seceded from Sudan. It is therefore a very young country with many associated uncertainties. One of the problems is the many children who do not go to school due to poverty and long transport time to cities and schools. It is even more difficult for children with disabilities. Figures from UNICEF show that 10% of children of primary school age have a disability and that there is a three times greater risk that they will not go to school compared to children without disabilities.
In Yei, which is located in the southern part of the country, IAS DK and our local partner, the National Christian Development Organization (NCDO), work to improve school opportunities for these children. This is done through collaboration between teachers and parents and by establishing family support groups.
The authorities are not doing anything to involve children with disabilities in schools. That is why we also work with the Ministry of Education to shape their policies in this area.
The work on inclusive education in South Sudan is part of the program work, which is also being implemented in Tanzania, Kenya and Sudan. It is financed through CISU (Civil Society in Development) with 12.8 million danish kroner, over three years.