Acting President Cde Joice Mujuru has called on parents with disabled children to take them to school especially after the “Schools for all”, an initiative which will see disabled children being integrated with abled children in schools.
The Acting President said this during the launch of the “Schools for all initiative” at Leonard Cheshire Zimbabwe Trust in Harare.Â The project will see disabled children being mainstreamed into schools that until recently only catered for abled children.Â
Cde Mujuru said the intergration of disabled children will help shape society and demystify negative perceptions that other members of the community had on people with disabilities.
She appealed to parents with disabled children to take them to school and cease the opportunity for them to learn and be intergrated with other children.
Education, Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Senator David Coltart said there are many disabled children who are not enrolled in schools. He said it is important for the initiative to be applied throughout the country so as to benefit all the disabled children.
Leonard Cheshire Board Chairman Mr. Alois Hungwe said the inclusive education project is going to benefit at least 1000 students initially.
To support the programme Anglo Platinum donated US$270 000 towards the development of the schools for all project.
Leonard Cheshire Zimbabwe Trust is non profit making organisation which endeavors to address the needs of children with disabilities, campaigning for the promotion of change to help move policy towards their real inclusion and participation.