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KENYA RE PARTNERS WITH THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION TO PROMOTE INCLUSION & OPPORTUNITY FOR PERSONS LIVING WITH DISABILITIES

Kenya Re’s Niko Fiti - Ability beyond Disability flagship CSR project has over the past six years focused on awareness and provision of assistive devices to persons with disabilities across the country. This year, Kenya Re together with the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), Ministry of Education and the Standard Group have teamed up to promote inclusion and opportunity for students living with disability to enable them to join reputable secondary schools next year. 

 

The project dubbed ‘Niko Fiti PWDs Education Integration Program’ will see modification of the schools facilities to ensure access, mobility and integration of students with various disabilities in the institutions. A percentage of the funds will also go to the refurbishment of St. Mary’s Children’s Home for children with disability, and provision of assistive and mobility devices to over 1300 Persons Living with Disability (PWDs) across the country.

The programme was officially launched at Lenana School on 6th September 2017 and the school will benefit from refurbishment of student’s cubicles and sanatorium, washroom facilities and construction of a rump at the school clinic. The construction will commence immediately after conclusion of the assessments. Integration has principally to do with proximity and opportunities for social interaction, while inclusive education advocates for full membership and conjoint participation with peers at all levels of education.

Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony, Kenya Re MD, Mr. Jadiah Mwarania said that education is the key driver to success, “Niko Fiti, our flagship CSR project has been focused on awareness and assistance to PWDs. We feel that it is timely to focus our attention to Education. Once we address inclusion from an early age, it will scale to economic and social activities.” 

“We want to make the school environment conducive for all persons. PWDs in schools should feel the same as the other students. Therefore, it is our hope that together with our partners we will advance this further in the coming months.” 

The Ministry of Education’s Inclusive Education programme has been boosted by Kenya Re’s Niko Fiti PWDs Education Integration program. The ministry is targeting a total of 80 schools across the country including Lenana School and Moi Girls Isinya. The ministry is calling for more partnerships and support to make the project a success.

The Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Special Education Dr. Richard Belio Kipsang who was represented by the Director General of the Ministry of Education Mr. Robert Masese at the event said that the initiative is expected to accommodate the physically disabled and make it easy for them to access the school facilities.

“Through the strong support of the Ministry of Education by the integration program this initiative will help the PWDs to be less dependent while moving from point A to B within the school,” he added.

 

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