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

Key Findings:

  • Nigerian national policies are supportive of disability inclusion in education and employment, although there is inconsistency in policies at the state level.
  • Promising initiatives were identified to promote disability-inclusion for youth including teacher training and employment readiness training.
  • There is need for government, funders and programs to partner meaningfully with organizations of persons with disabilities in policy-making and programming.
  • There are implementation challenges in policy and programming.
  • Youth with disabilities are excluded due to these challenges as well as lack of affordable assistive technology and negative attitudes towards disability.
  • Participatory projects and rigorous impact evaluations are needed.

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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