Disabled Children in Africa

International Development written question – answered on 16th July 2008.

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Photo of Linda Riordan Linda Riordan Labour, Halifax

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to increase the proportion of disabled children in Africa completing schooling.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

The UK Government are spending £8.5 billion over the period 2006-07 to 2015-16 in support of education in developing countries. This will help support partner countries' plans, policies and programmes to ensure that children, including those with disabilities, benefit from quality education. We expect to spend £500 million annually in support of education in Africa by 2010.

The Department for International Development (DFID) policy in support of people who are disadvantaged is laid out in the paper "Reducing poverty by tackling social exclusion". The paper was placed in the House Library and is available on line:


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Frank Yeo
Posted on 17 Jul 2008 1:31 pm (Report this annotation)

In this woman's own constituency, I have a female neighbour with two daughers aged 16 months and 6 years who has come to me in tears that she did not have any money for the gas for heating and feeding her children. I have had to give her quite a sum of money and gave toys to her children costing £20 and £15 and many Barbie dolls and bought Macdonalds for them as well.
This woman asks questions about children in Africa. So do hundreds of other do gooders jumping on the Africa band wagon when children here in her own patch are having to be helped by me.