The office of Dean of the School of Inclusive and Special Needs Education has the pleasure of welcoming you all. The school is one of the two Schools that constitute the University of Rwanda-College of Education (UR-CE). It was established in 2014) with the objective of addressing the growing demands of the Rwandan society, on issues related to needs of children and youths with disabilities and other Special Educational Needs in Rwandan schools and the general Community.
Though the school continues to be preoccupied with its initial stages of developing its capacity to deliver quality services long awaited for, procuring training resources, developing teaching programs and planning etc.., its input to the College of Education’s mission to positively change the landscape for the Rwandan high education sector, remains the foundational obligation.
The school is thus focused on reinforcing Inclusive Education within the Rwandan Education system through sustained and contextualized capacity building, framed within the College of Education’s responsibilities as a Higher Learning Institution, including: Training quality educators, research and community support, and networking with partners in Inclusive & Special Needs Education.
The office of the Dean and all the staff of the School of Inclusive & Special Needs Education will continue to foster interactive collaborations with resourceful stakeholders, and to welcome constructive contributions to far-reaching and sustainable solutions to the Special Educational Needs of children and youths in Rwandan schools and communities.
Dr Karangwa Evariste
Dean, School of Inclusive & Special Needs Education
Back ground context
Full participation of all Rwandans including those with disabilities and other Special Needs has increasingly dominated the preoccupation of the Rwandan Development programs since the proclamation of the 2003 National Constitution (Articles 40 & 76), and developing skills for the previously marginalized groups is clearly stated in the Government Seven year plan (2010-2017).These political engagements to support and include those wit disabilities are reiterated by 9 ministerial decrees of September 2009 as well as the Ministry of Education’s SNE/IE Policy and Strategic plan (2013/14-2017/18).
Hence, the University of Rwanda- College of Education (UR-CE) being the only public Teacher Training Institution, has been mandated under the statute law No. 49/2001 of 27/12/2001 and law No 20/2008 of 18/07/2008, with the obligation to respond to this important national call, with appropriate training programs and support services that would generate a range of expertise required in communities, schools and the general education system.
It is on this background that the School of Inclusive & Special Needs Education was established by the University of Rwanda, and was approved by its Academic senate of 6th May, 2014, as one of the three schools in the College of Education at that time, and its Dean was appointed on 11th/08/2014. Recruitment of its academic and administrative staff, developing its infrastructure, procurement of resources have equally followed, and the 1st cohort of B.Ed (Special Needs Education Students) were admitted in September 2014.
More undergraduate and postgraduate programs are also underway in progress, and it is envisioned that by the beginning of next academic year (2015-2016), the school will be running about 4 programs and training an average of 300 students.
The school has been conceived within the visionary national development agenda, focused on developing and reinforcing Inclusion of all Rwandan vulnerable groups, and it is thus expected that it will make its contribution through sustained and contextualized capacity building, research, community support and networking with other key stakeholders within and outside the country.