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Disabling streets or disabling education? Challenging a deficit model of street-connectedness

Corcoran, SL (2015) Disabling streets or disabling education? Challenging a deficit model of street-connectedness. Disability and the Global South, 2 (2). pp. 613-619. ISSN 2050-7364

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Abstract

Current interventions aiming to assist street-connected children in making the transition from the street, prioritise a return to mainstream primary education. In so doing, implementing organisations equate their ideas of a normative childhood with school attendance. This article challenges the appropriateness of such priorities by exploring the experiences of teachers in four Central Kenya primary schools and examining Kenyan education policy related to street-connected children. The paper argues that teachers’ belief in their inability to support the learning of street-connected children alongside the linguistic loopholes within the wording of educational policy to allow for alternative education systems, formal education can further compound processes of marginalisation. Findings further indicate that current education policy and practice can fail to effectively incorporate street-connected children and to some extent be described as disabling.

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