Inclusive Education in South Africa

South Africa has aligned with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1995 and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2007 which has facilitated the implementation of programmes towards the fulfillment of the rights of children, and indeed people with disabilities in the country.

Children with Disabilities in South Africa – A situational analysis 2001-2011  helps to give us a better understanding of;

A.   What is the extent of disability among children in South Africa?

B.  What is the extent of inequities and unfulfilled rights of children with disabilities?

C.   What factors have contributed to the adequacy (or inadequacy) of actions by the State and society at large.

D.   What are strategic opportunities for further progress towards the fulfillment of the rights of all children with disabilities.

Related Information

The South African Schools Act can be found here.

The White Paper for Inclusive education in South Africa has been in draft for 10 years. However the Principles and Guidelines for Early Intervention – JCIH 2007, which sets the international Gold standard on Early Intervention globally can be found here.

Falling between the gap – by Marc de Chazal published in Child magazine April 2015, outlining the situation for inclusive education in out country.