New Zambian Inclusive Education Project for Leonard Cheshire

Africa, Asia-Pacific, News, October 10 2018

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ZAMBIA, AFRICA: Leonard Cheshire has secured funding for a new three-year inclusive education project in Zambia.

Funds have been provided by The Swedish Postcode Lottery, The Peter Cundill Foundation* and Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

The project will see Leonard Cheshire’s work expand to the Eastern Province of Zambia across Chipata, Katete, Nyimba, Petauke and Sinda and reach 750 children across 30 primary schools for the first time.  It will also train 100 teachers and education officials, giving them tools to ensure inclusive learning, and will work with parents and pupils, running child to child clubs to reduce stigma.

The three funders have already provided financial support for a programme based on the highly successful model used across Africa and Asia that has seen nearly 33,000 children with disabilities enrolled and retained at primary school.

In Zambia alone, Leonard Cheshire has facilitated the inclusion of just over 1,500 children across 60 schools in previous programmes across the Southern, Lusaka and Kafue provinces.

Confirming the new funds, Tiziana Oliva, Executive Director, Leonard Cheshire International said: “It’s always satisfying to see our reach broaden into new areas.  It’s indicative of the success of our inclusive education model that more disabled children are benefitting from a positive start in life provided by primary education.”

Marie Dahllöf, Secretary General of the Swedish Postcode Foundation, added: “There are over 600,000 children in Zambia with disabilities but less than half of them have attended school. We are therefore very proud to support Leonard Cheshire in their work to enable increased access to a good and qualitative education for these children.”

For further information, interviews, photos and case studies, please contact Jonathan Sim in the Leonard Cheshire press office on 020 3242 0313 / jonathan.sim@leonardcheshire.org .

 

 

About Leonard Cheshire’s international work

 Leonard Cheshire

Leonard Cheshire is an international organisation with over 65 years’ experience, five regional offices in Africa and Asia and a deeply rooted network of over 200 Leonard Cheshire Global Alliance members in 54 countries. Leonard Cheshire works worldwide to create a society in which every person is equally valued, ensuring that persons with disabilities have equal opportunity to achieve their full potential by living independently, contributing economically, and participating fully and equitably in society, working with a range of stakeholders and in close collaboration with Leonard Cheshire Global Alliance members.

 The Leonard Cheshire Disability Data Portal

Leonard Cheshire and the Department for International Development launched a data portal at the Global Disability Summit on 24 July.

The Leonard Cheshire Disability Portal will tackle gaps in data and provide detailed information related to a range of specific disabilities.

 For the first-time, disaggregated data from multiple and diverse sources – across 16 development indicators in 40 countries – will be pooled together in one resource. Data around key development themes including inclusive education, economic empowerment, technology/innovation and stigma/discrimination will be available.

 The Leonard Cheshire Disability Portal enables cross-country comparisons and comprehensive analysis and as new data is identified it can easily be added.  The portal is also 2030 centric and considers the International Disability Alliance’s list of SDG indicators prioritised in terms of disaggregated data.

 The development of the portal supports the ambition of the UK government to raise global attention and focus on a long-neglected area, mobilise new global and national commitments on disability and showcase good practice, innovation and evidence from across the world.

Visit: www.leonardcheshire.org or follow us on twitter: @leonardcheshire

 *Established in 2012, The Peter Cundill Foundation honours the legacy of renowned Canadian investment fund manager and philanthropist, F. Peter Cundill and has an emphasis on promoting the health, education and wellbeing of young people

Source: Leonard Cheshire

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