‘I might be lucky and go back to school’: Factors affecting inclusion in education for children with disabilities in rural Malawi

African Journal of Disability

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Title ‘I might be lucky and go back to school’: Factors affecting inclusion in education for children with disabilities in rural Malawi
Creator Banks, Lena M. Hunt, Xanthe Kalua, Khumbo Nindi, Providence Zuurmond, Maria Shakespeare, Tom
Subject education inclusive education; Malawi; exclusion; disability; school.
Description Background: Globally, children with disabilities are often excluded from and within schools.Objectives: This study explored experiences of inclusion in education amongst children with disabilities in Malawi. The enquiry focused on the perspectives of children and their caregivers on barriers and enablers of inclusion.Method: Data were gathered through in-depth interviews with 37 children with disabilities, 61 caregivers and 13 teachers from Ntcheu and Mangochi districts and analysed thematically using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as a framework.Results: Overall, this research study found that children with disabilities face persistent and systemic barriers to attending, progressing and learning in school.Conclusion: School outcomes were influenced by a range of impairment-related, personal and environmental factors, including poor health, household poverty, attitudes of caregivers, teachers, peers and children themselves and school resources for inclusive education.Contribution: These findings carry implications for policy and planning in inclusive education and other services to support the health and well-being of children with disabilities in Malawi.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor This research was funded by the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (PENDA grant).
Date 2022-11-14
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Cross-sectional qualitative interview study
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ajod.v11i0.981
Source African Journal of Disability; Vol 11 (2022); 12 pages 2226-7220 2223-9170
Language eng
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Coverage Malawi 2014-2019 Children; Both genders; Malawian
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Lena M. Banks, Xanthe Hunt, Khumbo Kalua, Providence Nindi, Maria Zuurmond, Tom Shakespeare https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0