NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
The World Bank will promote the interests of
disabled people in its projects globally, a senior official from
the multilateral lender said on Tuesday.
World Bank’s global advisor on disability, said the new policy
will ensure that people living with physical and mental
impairments benefit from projects that address poverty and
“We require a
multi-stakeholders engagement to empower persons with
disabilities to participate and benefit from the development
projects,” said McClain-Nhlapo while addressing delegates
attending a workshop on disability inclusive education in
She noted that by
developing policies that promote equality and
non-discrimination, governments have an opportunity to enable
persons with disability benefit from education, health and
the World Bank’s latest move is aimed at embracing action to
remove barriers that exclude people with disabilities from the
development process so as to ensure that their voices can be
She revealed that
according to the Bank’s report on disability that was released
in 2011, about 6.4 percent of children under the age of 14 live
with disabilities in Africa and their school attendance rate is
lower than that of their peers without disabilities.
that it is unfortunate that the disabled children are at a
higher risk of dropping out of school and have less opportunity
to participate and achieve quality education.
collaborate, coordinate, share technical expertise and resources
to move along the path of creating equitable and quality
inclusive education for all, including children with
disabilities,” said the World Bank official.
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Education, announced that Kenya is
already to expand the Kenya Institute of Special Education, a
leading special education institute in the East African region,
with modern facilities to cater for disabled persons.
She said that the
government has embarked on strengthening resource centers in all
counties to serve as national referral hubs for the disabled