Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO has organized a national sensitization and advocacy meeting for developed policy and guidelines for inclusive education and access to information for people living with disabilities in Rwanda on the theme: “Promoting inclusive education through accessible digital learning materials.”
In his opening remarks, Dominique Mvunabandi, Director in charge of Science and Technology within Rwanda Natcom, noted that those guidelines were set in December 2021 with the aim of easing the process of e-procurement for ICT equipment for persons living with disabilities. After this validation meeting, these guidelines will be disseminated and handed to various concerned institutions, added Dominique Mvunabandi.
Mr Dominique Mvunabandi, Director of Science and Technology within Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO
The guidelines were developed under the framework of the accessible textbooks project that focuses on promoting inclusive education through accessible digital textbooks, funded by the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons living with Disabilities (UNPRPD) with the support of UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa.
This consultation meeting brought together various institutions working in the area of education, children, persons living with disabilities on national (Ministry of Education, National Commission for Persons living with Disabilities) and international level (UNICEF, UN partnership on the rights of persons living with Disabilities-UNPRPD).
The participants after closing took a souvenir picture
This document will help different institutions involved in inclusive education to know how to improve their service to children living with disabilities. The implementation of those guidelines will facilitate the teaching and learning of students living with disabilities by helping the schools and other organization to acquire appropriate ICT tools that will facilitate the day today learning of PWD.
Those guidelines will complement the Smart Rwanda Master plan (2015-2020) that aim to power Rwanda’s socio-economic transformation towards a knowledge-based economy trough innovative, information-driven and ICT enabled solutions.