Inclusive education: the ODDS consults with the actors for the fourth regional conference

The Dupont Organization for Social Development (ODDS) hosted its fourth regional conference on inclusive education (IE) in the Hauts-Bassins region on Wednesday 25 May 2022 in Bobo-Dioulasso. This fourth edition was under the theme “Ownership of the Second Regional Action Plan 2022-2024 for Inclusive Education”.

This regional conference aims to promote access to education for children with disabilities through ownership of the three-year inclusive education action plan for 2022-2024 by the actors; improve stakeholders’ understanding of the three-year action plan; clarify the roles and responsibilities of each actor in the implementation of the plan; distribute the three-year action plan document to the authorities and implementing actors, continue with the official launch of the project to promote inclusive education in Houet province.

This second three-year action plan was adopted by all stakeholders at the third regional conference on March 18, 2021.

The participants

For the successful implementation of this plan, it was necessary that it was known and widely disseminated to the actors involved so that they could make it their own.

That is what this regional conference on inclusive education in the Hauts Bassins region is about.

As part of the implementation of its activities, the ODDS works through the Disability and Inclusive Development Program to achieve inclusive education in the Hauts Bassins region. To this end, it carries out activities, one of the most important of which is the annual organization of a regional conference on inclusive education in the Hauts Bassins region.

This second three-year action plan was adopted by all stakeholders at the third regional conference on March 18, 2021.

Sister Gisèle Coulibaly, Vice-President of the ODDS

The communications concern the following: a presentation and reminder of the activities of the three-year action plan; a reminder of the roles and responsibilities of the actors in the implementation of the action plan; dissemination and delivery of the three-year action plan document to authorities and implementing actors and presentation and official launch of the project to promote inclusive education in Houet Province.

The participants are regional directors of state services, provincial directors of Houet, heads of special delegations from municipalities and the region, the governorate of Hauts Bassins, structures active in the field of IS, organizations for the disabled of Bobo-Dioulasso, associations and organizations of civil society civil society, parents of children/young people with disabilities, individuals and partners, etc.

Sister Nathalie Dembélé, Head of the Disability and Inclusive Development Program at the ODDS

According to Sister Gisèle Coulibaly, Vice-President of the ODDS, the results of the first three-year plan are positive. She also finds the enthusiasm for participating in the activity positive, and especially the presence of the authorities, which shows their willingness to participate.

According to Sister Nathalie Dembélé, Head of the Disability and Inclusive Development Program at the ODDS, this fourth conference is structured around two main axes. Initially, they will appropriate the second three-year plan for inclusive education in the Hauts-Bassins. The second axis will be a presentation of the project to promote inclusive education in the Hauts-Bassins, funded by their technical and financial partner, the Netherlands. Also, this fourth conference aims to mobilize and remind everyone’s responsibilities, namely authorities, decision-makers, all stakeholders and everyone in education, to the cause of inclusive education.

Ba Seydou Ouattara, Representative of the High Commissioner of Houet . Province

Ba Seydou Ouattara, representative of the High Commissioner of Houet Province, reassures that inclusive education is an issue taken seriously by the highest authorities of the municipality and as proof, in 2019, the municipality issued a directive responsible for the exclusive dealing with problems related to education. In addition, the municipality provides a passage for people with disabilities in its new building with regard to educational infrastructures, so that they take this inclusive education into account.

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Ba Seydou Ouattara expressed the expectation that these conclusions could be useful, because it is not enough to meet and then reach an impasse.

The Dupont Organization for Social Development (ODDS) is a structure established by the Annunciation Sisters of Bobo-Dioulasso (SAB) and legally recognized since 2014 to support the development of social works for the benefit of vulnerable groups. As a result, the ODDS intervenes in several social areas, including education, health, the advancement of women, the protection of children and the promotion of the socio-economic inclusion of people with disabilities.

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