Inclusive education for children with disabilities in Indonesia

Wiwied Trisnadi from Save the Children Indonesia explains about the situation in Indonesia and the programmes Save the Children runs to help children with disabilities.

Official government data reports that 33% of all children with disabilities in Indonesia live in families earning less than $2 USD a day (70% boys, 30% girls). Children with disabilities are more likely to experience poor health, yet they have limited access to adequate nutrition, clean water, and health services. In addition, misconceptions around disabilities often lead to discrimination and the exclusion of people with disabilities in society. Furthermore, the Ministry of Education recently estimated that 70% of all school-aged children who have disabilities are not participating in formal education.

Save the Children, running a project called Inclusive Community Development and School for All (IDEAL) in partnership with the IKEA Foundation, responds to learning and development needs of children with disabilities living in rural and slum areas in the West Java Province. The project is promoting the inclusion of ALL children in the education system and provision of a protected environment in schools and communities. It has a child-centred approach, which means bringing the child to the centre and activating duty-bearers encircling the child to ensure provision of the right to education and protection for children with disabilities.

Photo of Save the Children Indonesia team and children
Save the Children Indonesia team and children

Many children with disabilities experience discrimination, violence, neglect and exploitation from their families and the environment around them. It requires huge efforts to protect these children from this. It is very important for children with disabilities to grow up safely and have a decent life. Just like for all other children.

Inclusive schools are very important to children with disabilities. The basic principal for an inclusive school is that each child is respected regardless of his or her disability and challenges. Inclusive schools are not just about getting children with disabilities to attend regular schools; inclusive schools should be able to make children recognise and appreciate differences between children.

Through the Inclusive Community Development and School for All (IDEAL) programme, Save the Children—in partnership with the IKEA Foundation—supports Indonesian children with disabilities to increase their access to a quality inclusive education so they attain their right to education and protection.

Photo Writer of the blog Wiwied Trisnadi from Save the Children Indonesia
Wiwied Trisnadi from Save the Children Indonesia