Activists Want Special Need Schools Closed

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Activists for children living with disabilities in Uganda are advocating for the phasing out of special needs schools saying the decision will deprive the disabled children of socializing with other children.

Executive Director of Uganda Society for Disable Children, Dolorence Were says children who study from special needs schools in Uganda have high chances of dropping out of compared to those who study from inclusive schools.

Were whose organization advocates i the rights of the disabled say  most the children feel isolated from society and they never have society support which makes them lose morale for education.

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However, according to Ministry of Education's Commissioner for Special Needs Education, Amogor-Loican Martin investigations made by the education ministry show that there are particular categories of people who are not in favor of inclusive education.

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Sekandi Deo is one of the people living with a disability of cerebral palsy. He is one of the very few who have studied up to university level despite his disability.

He says that although he went through inclusive education, he faced a challenge of segregation even from his teachers.

He appeals to government to train teachers about teaching children with disabilities.

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According to a study  on children with disabilities living in Uganda conducted by UN Children's Fun (Unicef)  and Ministry of Education 2014, child disability prevalence is about 13% or 2.5 million children in the country.

It also indicates that about 9% of these attend school and only 6% of these complete primary school and continue studying in secondary school.

 
 
 

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).