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Handicap International is resuming its inclusive education initiative in Liberia, which was suspended in autumn 2014 following the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic.

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Handicap International is resuming its inclusive education initiative in Liberia, which was suspended in autumn 2014 following the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic.
Handicap International is resuming its inclusive education initiative in Liberia, which was suspended in autumn 2014 following the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic.

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Liberia agreed to implement far-reaching measures to overcome the Ebola epidemic. For over a year, all available resources throughout the country were redeployed to help achieve this goal. Although there is still a major campaign underway and the authorities remain very vigilant, restrictions on movement and public gatherings have gradually been lifted, enabling Handicap International to resume its work in the field of inclusive education.

Since 2008, the organisation has been working to include children with disabilities in the Liberian education system. Support is provided to the families of children with disabilities and teachers are trained in strategies designed to support their learning. Ministry of Education staff have gradually got to grips with this issue and specific modules are now integrated into the teacher training curriculum.

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Background

Liberia has had to contend with the Ebola epidemic at a time when the country was only just getting back on its feet following 14 years of a brutal civil war.

Ebola has impacted heavily on Liberia: it is one of the three countries most badly affected by the epidemic which hit West Africa in December 2014. Prior to this outbreak, Liberia was already in a weakened state following years of civil war (1989-2003).

Though Liberia has abundant natural resources – in particular diamonds and gold – it has a very high rate of poverty and ranks 175th (out of 187 countries) on the Human Development Index. The country has only 200 km of tarmac roads and the capital has very little electricity and no running water. Healthcare infrastructures are also extremely inadequate and have undoubtedly been further weakened by the Ebola epidemic.

Key figures Liberia - Handicap International
Key figures Liberia - Handicap International
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  • Inclusive education (APPEHL)
    Regional project run in several West African countries: Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo

    • National Union of Organisations for the Disabled (NUOD)
    • Ministry of Education/Department of Special Education