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Displaced children denied education- Report

03 December 2013, 17:18

Nairobi - Disabled children in Kenya are least likely to go to school despite the country being a signatory of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This is according to a ground-breaking report that  Plan International has produced in collaboration with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Titled “Include Us”, the report cites Kenya as one of the countries where most children with disabilities are being denied an education.

According to the report, children with disabilities were much less likely to attend formal education than those without a disability, after taking account of age.

Boys with disabilities were 52.2 times less likely to attend school and girls with disabilities were 60.2 times less likely to attend.

“This unique piece of research found that children with disabilities are less likely to attend school than children without disabilities. In fact, the likelihood that a child with a disability did not attend school was often over ten times greater - with disabled boys and girls in Kenya the least likely to go to school,” the report released on Tuesday, read.

“Include Us” is based on Plan’s dataset of 1.4 million sponsored children.

For Kenya, the 2012 database included 60,139 children, ranging in age from 0-17. The average age was 10.1 and 42 percent were male. Among the children, 258 had “an impairment/a medical condition that can lead to disability.”

According to Plan, this gives a prevalence of disability of 0.4 percent.

Plan stated that the prevalence of disability was slightly higher in males.

After adjustment for age, there was evidence that males had higher odds of disability compared to females.

- CAJ News


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