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Inclusive Education « International Aid Services America

“I want to be a lawyer so I can advocate for the rights of other people.”

Abdi/Qani Saied is 13 years old and was born in the town of Erigavo, Somalia. He was born with good health, but at the age of one, he contracted polio, which left him unable to walk.  This made it difficult for Abdi to play or socialize with his friends, and he was not able to go to school. During an IAS community awareness campaign, Abdi’s parents learned about the special education assistance offered  at Jeember Special Needs Assessment and Training Center (SNATC).

Abdi explains, “Through this, my mother joined one of IAS family networks and I was integrated into Jeember Primary school. Currently, I am in grade 3. In 2015, I also received a wheelchair and now I’m confident to pursue education to my fullest potential. I have established a number of friends, which has boosted my self-esteem and confidence in school. In the future, I want to be a lawyer so I can advocate for the rights of other people, especially for children with disabilities”

Education is one of the most important factors in increasing the overall health, viability, sustainability, and development of a community.  However, in high conflict areas and under-resourced communities, there are often barriers to receiving education and/or learning, including: access to educational resources and teachers, food/nutrition disparity, mental and physical disability, cognitive/learning challenges,  Thus, IAS focuses on increasing access to education through removing these barriers to education through special education/inclusive education programs and provision of necessary educational/nutritional resources.

Educational Initiatives Include:

  • Training teachers on best practices in inclusive education, teaching and learning methodologies, and child educational assessment.
  • Distributing mobility devices to children.
  • Providing writing devices for children with visual impairments.
  • Increasing the awareness of community education committees and education officials on the importance of inclusive education.
  • Transforming schools and learning centers to cater to all children and youth irrespective of race, SES, ethnicity, gender, language, religion, and ability.
  • Providing needed school materials.
  • Advocating for disabled children at local and national levels.
  • Creating low cost educational support, resource, and assessment centers for children with disabilities.
  • Forming reading and writing clubs for children who require additional educational support.
  • Training children in life skills.
  • Providing school lunches to children.