The records of Ghana’s Population and Housing Census, 2010, revealed that children with disabilities aged between 4 and 17 were 16%. Education is a right and every citizen is entitled to it without discrimination. As the government of the Republic of Ghana (the Government), we understand that we are all not equal. Our differences may be physical, cognitive, academic, emotional, and social, nonetheless, this should not be a barrier to education.
Inclusive Education (IE) is an approach or a process which occurs when children with and without disabilities, HIV status, age and children of diverse backgrounds and abilities learn together in the same classroom, interact socially with each other within the regular school setting for the whole day. It aims at social inclusion and implements the child’s right as pronounced in the universal declaration in human rights of 1949 (UNESCO, 2003).
The Government is a key partner to ensuring the implementation of inclusive education through policies, education and regulation. To safeguard this, we have ensured that inclusive education starts right from Kindergarten when the child is four years old. This will nurture children to see nothing wrong with sitting in the same class as children with disabilities.