We want disabled children to enjoy the right to an inclusive fee-free Basic Education in South Africa
Hilda and her husband are unemployed and their only source of income is their monthly grant of R1690 (R20,280.00 per annum). These are her expenses for her son with disability (one of two children):
- School Fees R5200 (full year)
- Stationery R255
- Transport R20 000 (calculated at R500 a week for 40 weeks)
Although children are entitled to a free basic primary education, schools for children with disabilities still charge school fees. We want this to stop, and for an inclusive education system to make it possible for the hundreds of thousands of out-of-school children with disabilities in South Africa to access their right to a basic education.
Education is not a luxury- it is an immediate right in South Africa!
As parents and caregivers of children with disabilities, we want our children with disabilities to enjoy their right to free, inclusive education. We are advocating for an inclusive education system to make it possible for the over 600 000 out-of-school children with disabilities in South Africa to access their right to a basic education. Education is not a luxury. It is an immediate right in South Africa!
We are asking the Department of Basic Education:
- Special schools need to be non-fee schools and mainstream schools must include children with disabilities.
- Special schools that provide education also need to ensure that accommodation is reasonable and safe.
Sign the petition here.
Download an email that you can send to Angie Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education.
Department of Basic Education
Private Bag X895
Support Afrika Tikkun and the Disabled Children’s Action Group’s Campaign for Free and Inclusive Education.