The National Education for All Coalition (CNEPT) is leading parliamentarians to advocate for access to inclusive and quality education for people with disabilities and marginalized people. In the form of an advocacy luncheon, this activity is part of the regional project and aims, according to the CNEPT coordinator, Tahirou Traoré, to call on parliamentarians to urge governments to make the commitments in their documents. This exchange meeting took place on Monday, December 17, 2018.
As part of a regional project to implement inclusive and quality education, set up a Humanity Inclusion, in collaboration with the African network of the campaign for Education for All, and the West Federation African people with disabilities, Burkina’s CNEPT initiated an advocacy framework for parliamentarians. This initiative, according to Tahirou Traoré, aims to challenge these national elected officials to insist on the government’s commitments it has made in documents for the education of people with disabilities and marginalized.The aim is to ensure that in the implementation of SDG4, the goal of achieving inclusive and quality education for all by 2030, is effective; and that marginalized people, especially girls and children, are taken into account much more effectively. In the opinion of Tahirou Traoré, “we have laws such as the constitution, the law orientation of education, the law 012 promoting, protection of the rights of people with disabilities, in which there are strong commitments to quality inclusive education in Burkina Faso. A directorate for girls’ education and inclusive education has even been set up “. The CNEPT coordinator wonders whether “in practice our classes are inclusive? Do we take into account children with visual or hearing disabilities? And what about didactic material? If this is not the case, we are asking MPs to ensure that what is voted as a law, in favor of the people especially for girls, is implemented. These concerns do not seem to have been addressed in detail in the development of action plans and budgets. That is why we are urging members of the House to make the government more concerned about the commitments made in the documents so that they can be applied, because otherwise they will have to feel guilty. In his capacity as parliamentarian, Moussa Zerbo MP for the UPC participating in this meeting said: “we as parliamentarians are watching in our own way, that the texts that have been made for these disabled and marginalized people are actually applied.