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International Development & African Diaspora

Education For All Children

We are working with Cerebral Palsy and Autism Renaissance Organization (CPARO), a registered Non-Governmental Organization in Uganda,  on a project to help improve the educational experience of 140 children with cerebral palsy and autism. The teachers involved in the project would like to have a learning exchange with teachers in Wales who have experience of working with children with autism and cerebral palsy to share good practice and challenges. If you have experience working with children with cerebral palsy and autism and would like to exchange best practices with teachers in Uganda, please contact  We are planning a first exchange (virtual) in the autumn.

In Uganda, children with disabilities have been traditionally excluded from school and, this has been aggravated by the negative impact of Covid 19 on the Ugandan economy. Only 5% of children with disabilities can access education through inclusive schools and only 10% through special schools. 90% of children who need assistive devices cannot access them. These children face multiple challenges in accessing quality education. Schools do not have the necessary tools, teachers are not properly trained, and there are societal stigmas about children with disabilities.  Additionally, children and their parents do not receive the support they need to remove the barriers to access education.

Our partners, Cerebral Palsy and Autism Renaissance Organization (CPARO), a registered Non-Governmental Organization in Uganda, was founded by persons with Cerebral Palsy, Autism and their families and draws on their lived experience and expertise to improve the educational attainment, social conditions, and livelihoods of people with Cerebral Palsy and autism.

The children that CPARO works with identified 8 main barriers to their being able to attend school and to being successful in their studies:

This 2 years project aims to :

  • Enrol into school 140 most vulnerable children with disabilities who are not in school are and support them to not drop out and achieve national standard grades or above.
  • Provide training and support to teachers and schools so that they have the skills, systems and support needed for the children.
  • Support parents to enable them to support their children and their learning.
  • Reduced negativity in the community about children with disabilities.