In Madagascar, more than a million children are not in school. There are many reasons behind school exclusion, but children with disabilities, like Clarisse, are particularly marginalized – only 11 per cent of children with disabilities are enrolled in school.
Since 2008, UNICEF Madagascar has supported a variety of activities to bring children back to school. UNICEF Education Officer Minako Morimoto explains the approach of inclusive education: “It consists of giving each child access to elementary-level schooling and keeping them in the system to complete the education cycle.”
Teachers also receive training specifically for working in an inclusive environment.
In Madagascar, a process was initiated for pupils and their parents to identify neighbourhood children who should be integrated into the school system. Pupils were asked to draw a ’map of exclusion’ of their village, while parents discussed measures to bring excluded children back to school.
(via UNICEF - Madagascar - In Madagascar, ‘back to school’ means including those left out)