The National Council of Persons with Disabilities has requested for more special schools for People Living With Disabilities (PLWD). Currently, there are five in the country.
The government has put in a place a legal framework for people with disabilities which among other things, provides for them, just like other citizens, the right to education. This is a very commendable gesture, however, the implementation remains a challenge.
All stakeholders in the education sector, should strive to provide an environment where PLWDs can access education with ease.
With facilitation, they can perform equally as good as any other student. And, with the advancement in technology, there are tools today that help those with various disabilities to cope with the challenges.
The government should also sensitise the public about the various opportunities available for people with disabilities. Many a time, the facilities are available, but due to lack of information, they are left behind.
Cases of stigma and people keeping away children with disabilities from the public are common. This is unnecessary, considering that disability is not inability. Campaigns to fight such stigma should also be intensified.
Mainstream education as well as training in life skills, will help empower people with disabilities and uplift their economic status. This will in turn give them the dignity and self worth expected of all Rwandans.