The Right to Education for Children with Disabilities Campaign
The Parliamentary Programme hosted a consultative workshop to launch the Campaign on 8th and 9th December 2010 at the University of the Western Cape, Bellville.
Education White Paper 6 on Special Needs Education:Building an Inclusive Education and Training System was launched on 26 July 2001 gazetted as national policy on 27 July 2001. The implementation of Education White Paper 6 is a radical departure from the traditional model of special education provision. Whilst the traditional model was influenced by the medical model and its associated practices, the new model operates within a new paradigmatic framework. Thus there is a new theory with new philosophy, structures and practices. Essentially, this White Paper says that current policy involves: • Systematically moving away from using segregation according to categories of disabilities as an organising principle for institutions • Basing the provision of education for learners with disabilities on the intensity of support needed to overcome the debilitating impact of those disabilities • Placing an emphasis on supporting learners through full-service schools that will have a bias towards particular disabilities depending on need and support • Directing how the initial facilities will be set up and how the additional resources required will be accessed • Indicating how learners with disability will be identified, assessed and incorporated into special, full-service and ordinary schools in an incremental manner • Introducing strategies and interventions that will assist educators to cope with a diversity of learning and teaching needs to ensure transitory learning difficulties are ameliorated. • Giving direction for the Education Support System needed