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Media Advisory: SAHRC releases report on Lack of Safety and Security Measures in Schools for Children with Disabilities in North West

Attention: Editors and Reporters

7 August 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission North West provincial office will host the launch of a report following a Provincial Investigative Hearing on the Lack of Safety and Security Measures in Schools for Children with Disabilities at the North West School for the Deaf.

 South Africa has committed itself to the provision of quality, equitable, and inclusive education. However, despite the applicable laws, policies and guidelines, children with disabilities remain marginalised. Public schools for learners with special education needs (Special Schools) remain on the fringes of South Africa’s education system, as evidenced by the poor budgeting, planning, and accountability measures that are currently in place. Insufficient commitment has been shown to ensuring the rights to education, dignity, equality and even life, of learners with disabilities in the province are protected and realised.

The report and the recommendations set out therein are intended to constitute an urgent intervention compelling the relevant state bodies to actively take steps to mitigate ongoing safety and security concerns.

Launch of report will be hosted as follows:


Date:              8 August 2019

Venue:            North West School for the Deaf, North West Province

Time:              10:00am


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Issued by the South African Human Rights Commission

Gushwell Brooks – Communications Co-ordinator Tel: 082 645 8573 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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