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Maliqi: Only 12% of children with disabilities are included in the education system

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Afrim Maliqi, director of "Handikos", said that only 12 percent of children with disabilities are included in the education system of Kosovo. According to him, many factors affect this small percentage.

In an interview for KTV's "038" show, Maliqi said that the inclusion of children with disabilities in schools is not only in the hands of the Ministry of Education or the Directorates of Education.

"It is estimated that only 12 percent of children with disabilities are included in the education system. 88 percent are outside the education system. There are many reasons. It is not only in the hands of the Ministry of Education or the Directorates of Education, as there is a lack of proper health services, a lack of personal assistants, a lack of economic support for families, a lack of transportation, and a lack of access to schools," he said.

He said that institutions see people with disabilities from a charitable angle.

"Children without restrictions, if they do not attend school, then the institutions take measures against them. When for children with disabilities, there is nothing. So, they see it from a charitable angle", added Maliqi.

Maliqi said that as an organization they have done a lot to improve the conditions of people with disabilities. But he adds that the situation on the ground has not changed.

According to the director of "Handikos", we have only 30 percent of laws regarding people with disabilities.

"Legislation in Kosovo must be harmonized with the needs of persons with disabilities", stated Maliqi.