Education

IMG_7412The number of primary age children attending school is far lower for children with disabilities (68%)
than for children without disabilities (89%).[1] There is a lack of specialist schools, and mainstream schools do not always provide the necessary accommodation for children with disabilities which leads to high drop-out rates. There remains a lack of awareness about rights which means some parents of children with disabilities do not enrol their children in school. Women with disabilities face double barriers when trying to access education such as inaccessible sanitation facilities. Literacy rates amongst persons with disability in Rwanda are much lower than for persons without a disability: 50% of persons with a disability are able to read, compared to 72% of people without disabilities.[2] Despite this, there are few education programmes for adults with disabilities.

 

[1] Fourth Population and Housing Census, Rwanda, 2012, Thematic Report: Socio-economic characteristics of persons with disabilities, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda, January 2014.

[2] Fourth Population and Housing Census, Rwanda, 2012, Thematic Report: Socio-economic characteristics of persons with disabilities, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda, January 2014.

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