Educating Children with Disabilities: Central African Republic

Theme:
  • Children with Disabilities
Pages: 39
Year of Publication: 2011
Country: Central African Republic

The central African republic (CAR) has the highest number of children with disabilities on the subcontinent. A 2003 census revealed  that 1.3 per cent of the country’s population has one or more forms of disability, the three most  common forms thereof being: partial physical paralysis, accounting for 27 per cent of all disabilities; hearing impairment, accounting for 26 per cent; and visual impairment, accounting for 15 percent  despite their large number, the majority of children with disabilities continue to be excluded from education services. 

To a certain extent, this can be attributed to the fact that the education system as a whole in central African republic is “in deplorable disarray” (unicef), having been subject to years of neglect as a result of civil unrest and under-investment. in 2006, only 13 per cent of children of primary school age were attending school. According to the latest statistics, the net school attendance rate at primary school level stands at just 56 per cent for boys and 47 per cent for girls2.

Language: English
Published by: African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)
Author: African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)
Located in: Publications
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