October 2012–July 2016
IE Uthukela was an international project in which MIET AFRICA partnered with aa/D (africa action/Deutschland e.V.) to pilot inclusive school development to improve education access, retention and progression for all children and youth, using a holistic inclusive education strategy. The other countries involved were Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Ghana and India.
The South African component of the project was located in the Uthukela District in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). It focused on researching the continuum of support that schools provide to learners across the three levels of support—i.e. at a mainstream school, a full service school and a special school as resource centre (namely Lokothwayo Combined, Madlala and Nkanyezi Schools, respectively.) Specifically, it aimed at strengthening the KZN Department of Education’s Inclusive Education strategy, which seeks to address all barriers experienced by learners, including those related to curriculum, pedagogy, disability, poverty, poor health and disease, orphaning, sexual abuse and violence, hunger and poor nutrition. The goal of the project was to ensure that disabled and socially disadvantaged children and young people aged 6–14 (for people with disabilities, up to 21) in the Uthukela District received quality education through access to an inclusive education support system.
The international component of the project involved research, which in South Africa was conducted by aaD. In September 2013, the Uthukela project hosted the first inter-country project sharing meeting, with delegates from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Germany and India attending. Delegations from South Africa participated in subsequent meetings in Burkina Faso, India and Bolivia.
IE Uthukela was funded by BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development), Germany.
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