Over 260,000 children with disabilities out of school in FCT- Reports


At least, 260, 000 children with different disabilities are not presently receiving basic education in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Nigeria, reports have indicated.

According to UNICEF, about 95% of children with disabilities in developing countries are out of school and 90% of them may never gain access to basic education in their lifetime.

This projection is in line with World Bank and WHO projections that persons with disabilities constitute about 15% of populations in developing countries and that between 80 to 90% of them don’t gain access to basic needs of life especially basic education.

According to Nigeria’s current population statistics, the FCT is projected to have an average population of about 270,000 children with different disabilities out of which only an average of 10,000 are currently  receiving some form of basic education through the few special needs schools  and inclusive units in both public and private primary schools, secondary schools and learning centres.

The FCT currently has a total of 7 special public and private schools and learning centres for children with disabilities with the combined enrolment capacity of about 2000 pupils.

While speaking in a two-day advocacy program in Abuja within the week, the National projrct Manager of Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD), Deji Ademefun said most of the special needs schools in the FCT are sited in very distant  locations lacking in basic infrastructures like roads, electricity power supply and portable water.
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