The Department of Basic Education is committed towards the building of an Inclusive Education system at all levels as outlined in Education White Paper 6: Building an Inclusive Education System, 2001.
Such an inclusive system will facilitate the inclusion of vulnerable learners and reduce the barriers to learning, through targeted support structures and mechanisms that will improve the retention of learners in the education system, particularly learners who are prone to dropping out.
The DBE promotes inclusive education because:
· It acknowledges that all children can learn;
· It enables education structures, systems and methodologies to meet the needs of all children;
· It can contribute to the quality of education for all;
· It enables children with disabilities to stay with their families and communities;
· It is part of a wider strategy to promote an inclusive society; and
· It is consistent with the key principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability.
To access more information about the Inclusive Education programme of the Department visit the Thutong Portal by clicking here.