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Facilitating the Participation of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Development Centres in Malawi: Developing a Sustainable Staff Training Programme

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Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs Department, School of Education, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
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Faculty of Education, Chancellor College, University of Malawi, P. O. Box 278, Zomba, Malawi
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Sightsavers, Chippenham SN14 6NG, UK
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Anthrologica, York YO30 7D, UK
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Sustainability 2020, 12(5), 2104; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12052104
Received: 28 January 2020 / Revised: 28 February 2020 / Accepted: 4 March 2020 / Published: 9 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Educational Psychology for Sustainable Development)
This article explores the development of a sustainable training programme supporting the inclusion of children with disabilities in early childhood, education and care (ECEC) centres in Malawi. This programme is based on a review of literature of curriculum, pedagogy and teaching approaches in ECEC in sub-Saharan Africa, alongside a review of national policy documents. The training was designed to enable staff to value the inclusion of children with disabilities in ECEC centres, as well as suggesting practical ways to do so. We set out our response to the gap in training of ECEC staff through the development of a supplementary integrated training programme, which, whilst respectful of the curriculum, policy and practice of Malawi, challenged staff to consider ways of including children with disabilities (CWD) and their families. We suggest this is a pragmatic and sustainable model that could be applied to training in other ECEC settings across the region in sub-Saharan Africa. It concludes with guiding principles for training those working in ECEC with young children with disabilities in low-income countries. View Full-Text
Keywords: early childhood education and care (ECEC); inclusion; disability; early childhood development (ECD); education training; Malawi early childhood education and care (ECEC); inclusion; disability; early childhood development (ECD); education training; Malawi
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Soni, A.; Lynch, P.; McLinden, M.; Mbukwa-Ngwira, J.; Mankhwazi, M.; Jolley, E.; Virendrakumar, B.; Bedford, J.; Gercama, I. Facilitating the Participation of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Development Centres in Malawi: Developing a Sustainable Staff Training Programme. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2104.

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