A regional meeting with support from NFU and OSIEA, was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from February 8 – 10, 2017. Over 40 families and self-advocates from 13 countries participated in the meeting. The first day of the meeting was dedicated to a thematic event on inclusive education which was informed from a baseline survey conducted by Inclusion Africa in collaboration with a lead consultant Ms. Elizabeth Kamundia. Key deliberations from the inclusive education meeting were:
- Country presentations on inclusive education, the presentations gave a platform for participants to share experiences and best practices from a varied perspective including teacher training, curriculum reforms, review of laws and policies and training for families and communities.
- Sharing of findings from the draft baseline survey, one of the key findings which members alluded to was the fact that compared to the current situation where most countries represented in the meeting had laws and policies on education for learners with disabilities in place, this was not the case 5 years ago.
- Self-advocates on inclusive education: personal experiences from a variety of countries
- International perspective on inclusive education for learners with intellectual disabilities which was presented by Diane Richler
The following Board members were elected:
- Jaleel Odom – Chairman(Ghana)
- Barbra Phiri – Vice Chair(Zambia)
- Charles Umundi – Secretary General(Kenya)
- Fauzia Haji – Treasurer(Zanzibar)
- Mark Mapemba – Self Advocates Representative(Malawi)
- Pamela Somses – Southern Africa representative(Namibia)
- Victor Alipui – Western Africa Representative(Togo)
- Edith Tumushabe- Eastern Africa Representative(Uganda)