According to a survey done by the United Nations Development Program, 2% of the estimated 2 million children with disabilities in Kenya have access to some form of education. Majority of the disabled children with no access to education live in the urban slums. Littlerock is the only Early Childhood Education Centre in Kibera informal settlement that caters to special needs children. The Centre plans to focus on the education foundation of 100 disabled children in an inclusive setting.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
A child with disability living in the informal settlements of Kibera has a very little chance of creating a positive life for themselves. Many of the parents with disabled children living in the slums lock up their children in the house, and consider their children to be a burden. No other early childhood center in Kibera caters to the needs of the disabled children other than Little Rock. We work alongside parents to help them accept disability and support them in educating their children.
How will this project solve this problem?
We provide inclusive education, therapy sessions to all our special needs children, and everyday the children take a mid-morning snack- porridge and a balanced meal to enhance their educational experience. We target children between 6 months and 10 years of age because of the inclusion of the special needs children. Our staff is trained in handling children with all types of special needs; ranging from Hearing Impaired, Autistic, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome and Intellectual disability.
Potential Long Term Impact
Inclusive education is able to reduce discrimination through enabling children with and those without disabilities to learn and grow together. Educating children with disabilities will reduce dependency and free other household members from caring responsibilities, allowing them to increase employment or other productive activities, it will also increase the disabled children's potential productivity and in turn help alleviate poverty.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.