Assessment Report on Special Needs Education in Kismayo Jubaland - June 2017

Key findings
The assessment has revealed a number of challenges that teachers, learners with and without disabilities are facing in schools. These challenges include:
• Lack of knowledge and additional skills in teaching learners with disabilities
• Inadequate teaching and learning resources
• Inadequate communication skills by teachers and learners in schools
• Frequent absenteeism from school by learners and some because of disability.
• Lack of available mechanisms to raise awareness on disability mainstreaming, proper identification of disability and early interventions
• Negative attitudes by the teachers and the community towards learners with disabilities
Lack of interest and commitment towards education by learners
• Inaccessible school infrastructure
• Inconsistent data for people living with disability
• Poor attitude towards PWDs
• Lack of assistive devices
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s)
Lutheran World Federation
The study used both qualitative and quantitative methods of research. The qualitative data was collected through interviews and focus group discussions. Published and unpublished literatures on SNE in Kismayo were explored to understand the current situation on SNE in the country. Similarly, quantitative data was collected from Head Teachers’ questionnaires and records of learners and teachers in the schools.
The assessment was conducted in Kismayo region of the Jubaland federal government. Kismayo covers four areas: Calanleey (oldest), Faanoole, Farjano, Shaqaalaha. The assessment targeted, Head Teachers, Mainstream teachers, Learners with and without disabilities, education officer, and community education committees.
Kismayo has a challenge to make Special needs education/inclusive a reality due to limited resources. Insufficient funding, environmental and attitudinal barriers are some of the major challenges to implementing special needs /inclusive education in schools.
Somalia > Lower Juba > Kismaayo
Inter-Cluster Coordination Group (ICCG) (Somalia)
Information Mangement Working Group (Somalia)
Assessment report