Across the globe, people with disabilities have lower literacy rates than people without disabilities. Côte d’Ivoire is no exception, where the rate of retention or completion of school for people with disabilities has seen little progress despite the government’s National Strategy for Inclusive Schools (Stratégie Nationale de l'Ecole Inclusive – SNEI).
Many children with disabilities have been left behind in Côte d’Ivoire’s public schools, especially in remote areas, due to a lack of awareness and understanding surrounding disability. This is why the Education Out Loud partner, the National Education for All Coalition in Côte d’Ivoire (Réseau Ivoirien pour la Promotion de l’Éducation Pour Tous – RIP-EPT) made students with disabilities a priority focus in 2022.
Four new members were added to the coalition to strengthen its inclusiveness, and to enhance the effectiveness of its inclusive education advocacy, including:
- L’Organisation Nationale des Parents des Handicapés Auditifs de Côte d’Ivoire – ONPHA-CI (The National Organization of Parents of the Hearing Impaired of Côte d'Ivoire)
- L’Union des Organisations des Parents des Personnes Handicapés de Côte d’Ivoire – UNOPAH-CI (The Union of Organizations of Parents of Persons with Disabilities in Côte d'Ivoire)
- L’ONG HANHIMANTI de personnes non voyantes (NGO for the visually impaired)
- Confédération des Organisations des Personnes Handicapées de Côte d’Ivoire – COPH-CI (The Confederation of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities of Côte d’Ivoire).
This action was the coalition’s deliberate effort to capture the insights, opinions and participation of the targeted groups. In doing so, they have advanced the inclusivity principle “Nothing about us without us” in their interventions.