“UNESCO Policy of Education for all’: Advancing access to inclusive education practice in special education in Imo State, Nigeria”

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International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume V, Issue III, March 2021 | ISSN 2454–6186

UNESCO Policy of Education for all’: Advancing access to inclusive education practice in special education in Imo State, Nigeria”

Umeh Ngozi Chuma*, Nnadi Ine**, & Osuji Emma***
Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria

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Abstract: This study investigates barriers to inclusive education practices as it affects children with disabilities in Imo state based on ideas of the social model of disability. Specifically, the study explores the fundamentals of successful implementation of inclusive education. Two research questions have been formulated. Identified government owned special basic schools within the 3 senatorial zones in Imo state is selected for the study. The zones include, Owerri, Orlu and Okigwe. The study participants generally, include children with disabilities, teachers, inclusive education consultants and policy makers- involving particularly officials of the Imo State Universal Basic Education Boards- IMSUBEB in the sampled state. Descriptive and qualitative survey will be used for the study. Questionnaire, interviews and focus group discussions will be used to gather data.

I. INTRODUCTION

Inclusive education seeks to put an end to exclusionary practices that both directly and indirectly exclude some children from accessing an appropriate education and is therefore an important approach for the realisation of the future and broader Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 4 adopted by nations in 2015. Indeed, one of the agenda 17 Sustainable Development Goals agreed by world leaders under the United Nations Sustainable development goals (2015) was to ‘commit to providing inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels for all people, including persons with disabilities’. This goal is not likely to be achieved without appropriate commitment. According to UNESCO, over 30 000 000 million children of primary school age are out of school in Sub Saharan Africa (which includes Nigeria). Nigeria is stated to have the world’s largest number of out of school children between 2004 and 2013. Research also shows that Nigeria still has about 12 000 200 out of school children and ascertaining the current percentage of those with learning