Facilitating the participation of children with disabilities in early childhood development centres in Malawi: Developing a sustainable staff training programme

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  • Jenipher Mbukwa-Ngwira (Contributor)
  • Mika Mankhwazi (Contributor)
  • Emma Jolley (Contributor)
  • Bhavisha Virendrakumar (Contributor)
  • Juliet Bedford (Contributor)
  • Ingrid Gercama (Contributor)

External organisations

  • Chancellor College, University of Malawi
  • Sightsavers
  • Anthrologica


: This article explores the development of a sustainable training programme supporting the inclusion of children with disabilities in early childhood, education and care (ECEC) centres in Malawi.This programme is based on a review of literature of curriculum, pedagogy and teaching approaches in ECEC in sub-Saharan Africa, alongside a review of national policy documents.. The training was designed to enable staff to value the inclusion of children with disabilities into ECEC centres, alongside suggesting practical ways to do so. We set out our response to the gap in training ECEC staff through the development of a supplementary integrated training programme which whilst respectful of the curriculum, policy and practice of Malawi, challenged staff to consider ways of including children with disabilities (CWD) and their families. We suggest this is a pragmatic and sustainable model that could be applied to training in other ECEC settings across the region in sub-Saharan Africa. It concludes with guiding principles for training those working in ECEC with young children with disabilities in low income countries.


Original languageEnglish
Article number2104
Number of pages16
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2020


  • early childhood education and care (ECEC), inclusion, disability, early childhood development (ECD), education training, Malawi