Schools represent a safe space for girls and boys during and after an emergency and allow them to keep a sense of normality in a chaotic situation. Children with disability school inclusion is a key element to fight stigma and increase children empowerment and autonomy.
- Build new schools close to shelters and make sure access routes are safe and accessible.
- Schools should be accessible, both in terms of infrastructure, communication and attitudes, teaching material and classrooms arrangements.
- Toilet and washroom facilities must meet hygiene and accessibility standards and be separate for girls and boys.
- Teaching and practices in schools should be responding to the diversity of students and pupils in the area, and communication adapted to children diversity.
These are some of the basis for providing inclusive education while knowing that there is no overnight solution to all barriers to inclusion. Schools may be inclusive in some aspects, and not yet in others. Don’t see this as failure, as long as they keep working towards being more inclusive and accessible.
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UNICEF. Guidance Including children with disabilities in humanitarian action – Education. 2017
Save the Children UK. Schools for all - Including disabled children in education. 2002.