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Inclusive education: A transformation and human rights agenda under spotlight in South Africa

Mbulaheni Maguvhe
African Journal of Disability | Vol 4, No 1 | a183 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ajod.v4i1.183 | © 2015 Mbulaheni Maguvhe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 February 2015 | Published: 04 November 2015

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Mbulaheni Maguvhe, Department of Inclusive Education, School of Educational Studies, University of South Africa, South Africa


This study investigated the progress made in the implementation of inclusive education as a transformation and human rights tool since its inception in 2001. The study was conducted upon realising that most people underestimate the transformation and human rights value that inclusive education strives to maintain. The total number of participants interviewed was 84. Data was collected using semi-structured interview schedules for the teachers and community members, whereafter it was presented in thematic sections and qualitatively examined for meaning. The results showed that participants comprising teachers and community members do not know or understand the transformational and human rights value of inclusive education. The participants seemed to be equally aware of inclusive education, but they rated its success and value differently. The participants concurred that the philosophy of inclusive education was noble, but they differed regarding the extent to which it had transformed, added value or played an advocacy role in the lives of learners and the community at large over the years.


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