Information and advocacy: Forgotten components in the strategies for achieving inclusive education in South Africa?
Maher, M. (2009). Information and advocacy: Forgotten components in the strategies for achieving inclusive education in South Africa?. Africa Educations Review, 6 (1), 19-36.
Commitment to a single, inclusive education system has been the aspiration of reform in education in a democratic South Africa as articulated in White Paper 6: Special needs education: Building an inclusive education and training system (Department of Education 2001). This article reports findings from a qualitative study which took place in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), which ascertained participants’ evaluation of the extent to which the policy ideals of inclusive education, as articulated in White Paper 6 were being achieved. Findings revealed that there was evidence of inclusive education beginning to be implemented in KZN in that barriers to learning for many students were being addressed and removed. The specific provision in policy documents directed towards children with disabilities was behind schedule, however, and there was little evidence of full inclusion of students with disabilities in regular education. One component that was furthest behind in the milestones was the implementation of the information and advocacy programme. Implications and further consequences of this are discussed. [Retrieved from publisher's website: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/18146620902857251]