Keywords: Inclusive schools, low-income country, teacher training, international development aid funding 

Humanity & Inclusion (APPLEH)

Humanity & Inclusion, a major international NGO based in France, initiated AAPLEH in 2012. APPLEH is a holistic effort to make existing schools in the south of Senegal more inclusive. The methodology applies person-centered support for children outside school, teacher training and a lot more. APPLEH is funded by international development agencies, with the ultimate goal to make the education system of Senegal more inclusive, with some success already.

About the practice at a glance
Name of OrganisationHumanite & Inclusion SENEGAL
Type of organisationLocal branch of international NGO
Country
of Implementation
Senegal
Year started2012
Funding modelHumanity & Inclusion (former Handicap International), with financial backing from the French Development Agency (AFD)

IMPACT

APPLEH has allowed for the putting in place of a framework of concertation bringing together all the partners involved in the field of inclusive education, the launch of the process of drawing up a national policy on inclusive education, the putting in place of a training mechanism that has allowed for the training of 1,394 teachers, including 228 women.

Persons with disabilities, notably the Women’s Committee of the Senegalese Federation of Persons with Disabilities (CF/FSAPH) have taken part throughout the process: raising the awareness of parents of the right to education and the advantages of inclusive education, and the identification of children with disabilities of school age.

REPLICATION EXPERIENCE

Our organization intervenes in different countries of the world and therefore the replication of the approaches is already at the heart of its interests.

This practice in Senegal has been replicated by other NGOs and associations. Humanity & Inclusion has been working throughout the whole South region, and to some extent in Dakar. Other institutions and NGOs involved with disability have also replicated the practice in the Dakar region. This practice calls for the involvement of the different actors in the community whilst strengthening the ordinary existing school system to make it suitable. This was done in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education and its decentralized bodies.

Further goals defined: To put in place inclusive classes in all the departments and communes in the country; to expand the initiative to pre-school and secondary pupils; to strengthen the pleading for the creation of a division tasked with inclusive education having more resources as a consequence; to support the strengthening of the capacity of organizations of persons with disabilities so that they will be better placed to lead the fight and exert long-term influence over social policy and behaviours.

ORGANISATIONAL CAPACITY AND STRATEGY

At the headquarters of the organization there are thematic experts (including education) who think globally about intervention strategies in different areas and promote the sharing of knowledge and good practices between countries. Moreover, at the level of each country of intervention, the operational and technical teams support the implementation of the projects. Financial resources may be sought for the implementation of new initiatives. In addition, the replication of approaches can also be considered within projects already in progress. links between HI teams around the world are also favored by e-mail exchanges, international seminars and internal exchange platforms (intranet)

A project owner has been defined: Vieux Insa SANE had a long career within the organization in the education sector. Holder of a degree in Education Sciences, he started as community worker in Casamance. In particular, he was responsible for raising awareness among families and communities about disability and inclusive education. After receiving specific trainings, he was promoted to Project Manager. He led the APPEHL project during the 2 phases of implementation in Casamance and Dakar. Since 2019 he has become an inclusive education Advisor for all HI projects in Senegal. He is a disabled person (motor disability), so he personally knows the barriers of people with disabilities in accessing their fundamental rights and can advocate more easily for inclusion.

MOTIVATION

Our motivation to participate in the program lies in the capacity building and networking opportunities it offers to the partners. Indeed, this program could improve our ability to analyze the key factors favoring a good duplication of projects taking into account the context elements in terms of opportunities and constraints. This program should enable us to define thoughtful and adapted replication strategies through exchange with mentors and other program members. Networking with diverse players also motivates us to participate in this initiative. In addition, new information and communication technologies developed around the world can offer huge opportunities to support the education of children with disabilities.