Advancing civil society’s capacity to monitor and improve access to education for children with disabilities

Start Date

October 2011

Completion Date:

October 2014

Programme Partners:

Power International (lead and technical partner)

Forum das Associaçôes Moçambicanas dos Deficientes (Forum of Mozambican Associations of Disabled) -  FAMOD (implementing agency)

Power4Good Ireland Ltd (technical partner in all Power programmes)

Programme budget

£495,108

Programme funders:

DFID  £495,108

Location.

Mozambique in provinces of: Gaza, Zambezia and Maputo.

 

Summary of programme.

This project seeks to increase the life chances of children with disabilities (CWD) through improved access to primary education in Mozambique.

This is a 3 year programme that focuses firstly on building the capacity and authority of our of partners FAMOD (the Forum of Mozambican Associations of Organisations of Disabled People) to promote, protect and monitor education for children with disabilities; and secondly on increasing the legitimacy and effectiveness of FAMOD’s engagement with policy makers and audiences.

In this process it will raise awareness of CWD rights to education, and expose the paucity of domestic legislation, policy and practice.

It will use this evidence to:-

(i)   influence government to recognise the need for legislative and policy changes, and 

(ii)  drive policy makers to make steps towards domestication of the international convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD).

 

As a direct result of the project:

·         1,000 more CWD will have better access to schooling;

·         up to 180 schools will implement changes to be more accessible to children with disabilities;

·         the Government of Mozambique will consider recommendations for changes in practice, policy and law to comply with international policy on CWD access to education

 

Actions to achieve this include:-

·         establishing a fully staffed and trained education monitoring unit with FAMOD including a unit manager with a legal background, 3 casewokrs and an information and finance officer; providing paralegal training for caseworkers; establishing and training 3 school audit teams; and providing technical assistance to embed strong governance and financial control systems.

·         conducting and assimilating baseline school/community surveys; accessibility audits of up to 80 schools annually over 3 provinces; and providing support to schools to implement recommendations from these audits

·         protection of children with disabilities through an outreach programme to schools and communities to identify and support individual cases of abuse or discrimination in education for CWD; caseworkers will document inequalities and seek resolution of cases; selected cases will be referred to the legal profession.

·         Increasing awareness through community/public meetings to raise awareness of rights under domestic and international instruments; giving publicity to school audits and to positive actions taken by schools in response to audits; tailoring specific media events around successful casework and school actions.

·         Scoping and analysis of education legislation and practice, and  developing practical and strategic guidelines and checklist for legislative and policy change for presentation to government.

·         A targeted programme of advocacy and engagement.

 

Results & Impact

The project began in October 2011, results and impact cannot therefore be reported. However, progress and developments over the first six months of the programme include:

·         A National Steering Committee and three provincial working groups have been established.

·         An Education Monitoring Unit/Project Unit has been established in FAMOD comprising a Project Manager, Finance Officer (based in Maputo), and 3 caseworkers one in each of the provinces of Gaza, Zambezia and Maputo.

·         Caseworkers have been fully trained by experts from the ADEPt programme in Zambia.

·         In January 2011 a FAMOD team undertook an exchange visit to Zambia specifically to get an insight into ZAFOD’s ADEPT and education programmes.

·         Baseline studies have been completed in Zambezia and Maputo provinces to collect evidence regarding children with disabilities that attend school and those that do not, with an assessment of barriers to education.

·         Accessibility audits have been undertaken in 29 schools over the three provinces, and grants have been made available to these schools to improve access.

·         A national workshop was held in Maputo for key audiences to raise awareness around obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

·         A comprehensive scoping has been undertaken of the legal framework in Mozambique as it relates to the protection in human rights of disabled people, and this has been documented.


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