Barriers to Education Access for Refugees with Disabilities in Nairobi, Kenya

Ramtu, Marie (2019) Barriers to Education Access for Refugees with Disabilities in Nairobi, Kenya. Masters thesis, Hekima University College.

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The purpose of the study was to find out the barriers to education access for refugees with disabilities in Nairobi, Kenya. The study investigated if indeed refugees with disabilities are discriminated while attempting to access education, it identified the barriers that hinder access to education and mapped out what has so far been done to ensure accessibility. The research design employed was descriptive. Through in-depth interviews, primary data was obtained from 50 refugees with disabilities, in and out school, five staff from humanitarian agencies and seven administrators from schools across Nairobi County. It emerged from the study that proactive efforts have been made to ensure that non-discriminatory policies are in place to ensure that refugees with disabilities in Nairobi County can access education. Lack of proper documentation for admission, financial constraints, inadequate healthcare and few educational facilities that cater for learners with special needs were identified as some of the key barriers, amongst many others at the state, institutional and community level. The study recognized that the challenges mentioned are not unique to the refugee population but also affect citizens with disabilities. Overall, there is extremely low enrollment of refugees with disabilities in educational facilities in Nairobi County. Actions currently being undertaken by humanitarian organizations and schools to encourage higher enrollment, retention and transition to tertiary level are highlighted. Against a background of meagre financial and non-financial resources, the approaches being implemented by various actors are commendable, although a lot still ought to be done.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Africana
Depositing User: Geoffrey Obatsa
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2020 08:47
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2020 08:47

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