Disability-Inclusive Education and Employment: Understanding the Context – GHANA

Key Findings:

  • Ghana’s policies reflect a disability rights agenda, but implementation gaps mean that people with disabilities are often excluded from education and employment.
  • Promising initiatives to promote disability inclusion include university outreach programmes, and digital and work skills training.
  • There is a need for improved legislative instruments, monitoring, and enforcement to ensure effective implementation of disability-related policies.
  • Key challenges in education include inadequate funding and resources, and a lack of institutional policies and programmes to enforce meaningful disability inclusion.
  • A lack of enforcement mechanisms to hold employers accountable, and negative attitudes and discriminatory practices, result in exclusion from employment.
  • Future research should evaluate the impact of policy, interventions, and programmes to generate evidence on ‘what works’ for strengthening disabilityinclusive livelihoods and education.

About the Series:

“Disability-Inclusive Education and Employment”

Recognizing that meaningful inclusion for young people with disabilities starts with listening and learning, the Mastercard Foundation developed a research program to map the policy landscape and to hear directly from young people with disabilities.

This research was carried out in partnership with the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the University of Abuja, the University of Ghana, Lifetime Consulting Ltd, Addis Ababa University, University of Nairobi, Global Advocacy and Research Group and MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Group.

Two report series have been developed, covering the Mastercard Foundation’s seven countries of focus – the first on the context, the second elevating youth voices.

Briefs summarizing the key findings of each report have been prepared by Dr. Xanthe Hunt in collaboration with LSHTM and the Mastercard Foundation’s research team.

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