Discussing the Global Disability Summit with Fred Haga

25 July 2018

Fred Haga, Ministry of Education in KenyaThis week the UK Department for International Development (DfID) hosted the first ever Global Disability Summit in London, alongside the International Disability Alliance and the Government of Kenya. 

Ahead of the Summit, we caught up with Fred Haga, of the Ministry of Education in Kenya, to hear his thoughts on the landmark event and how he would like to work with Leonard Cheshire towards a more inclusive world. 

How have you worked with Leonard Cheshire in the past?

At the Ministry of Education in Kenya, I have worked with Leonard Cheshire on the Girls Education Challenge project.

The most memorable though is Leonard Cheshire’s technical and financial contribution to the review of the then ‘National Special Needs Education Policy Framework of 2009’ which resulted in the ‘Sector Policy for Learners and Trainees with Disabilities of 2018’. The key shift of the policy is that it is strong on inclusive education for the target population.

What are you most looking forward to at the Global Disability Summit?

I will be happy to hear clear commitments, both from national levels and globally, on support for the implementation of inclusive education approaches and strategies for learners with disabilities. It would be fantastic if the summit got prime-time media coverage internationally!

Who are you most looking forward to meeting at the Global Disability Summit?

Someone who has a say and whose voice will tilt the decision towards support for inclusive education. It could be the head of DfID, the UNICEF Executive Director or the British Cabinet Secretary hosting the Conference.

What outcomes are you hoping for from the Summit?

Firm political and funding commitments for inclusive education from Governments and Development partners.

This is the first summit of its kind, why do you think it’s taken so long to happen?

I think issues of disability are generally not headline-grabbing. They therefore may not attract as much funding and logistical support as certain topical issues. I think the Conference took a long time coming because someone had to take that bold step, and set aside substantial resources to put the Conference together – thanks to DfID!

What would you like to work with Leonard Cheshire on in the future?

I would love to work with Leonard Cheshire on the development of model inclusive schools, creation of awareness and generally building capacities of key players in the education sector.

I would particularly love to work with Leonard Cheshire in implementing the Policy we launched in May 2018. It aims for Kenya to move from where it is — segregated schooling — to where we desire it to be — inclusive education.

A Technical Working Group was formed to steer the process and this is where Renaldah Mjomba, Leonard Cheshire’s regional representative in Kenya, was involved. 

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