20111030 Rght to education for children with disabilities in Malawi

20111030 Rght to education  for children with disabilities in Malawi

A critical appraisal of the right to primary education of children with disabilities in Malawi

Malawi is a state party to a number of international human rights instruments that guarantee the rights of children with disabilities (CWDs), which include the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD); the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC); and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC). The instruments guarantee the right to education, among other rights.
A study by Filmer has found that most CWDs, especially from developing countries such as Malawi, do not attain education or enjoy other rights guaranteed in the human rights instruments. Another study commissioned by the Cheshire International and Montfort College (the Cheshire and Montfort study) found that Malawi faces challenges to provide primary education to CWDs due to, among others, inaccessible school environments and infrastructure and lack of resources and facilities. In 2005, the Malawi Government acknowledged that almost 98% of the CWDs could not attain education.
In light of this situation, this study analyses the extent to which Malawi is taking appropriate measures to implement the right to primary education of CWDs. Malawi has been chosen to present a case study of the extent to which African states parties to the international instruments that guarantee the right to education of CWDs, such as the CRPD and the CRC, can take necessary measures in order to realise the right.