Research done on children's rights in South Africa
By Dr Dana Donohue
Posted on 11 May 2012
The Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is currently engaged in a joint project with colleagues from the University of Jonkoping in Sweden concerning children’s rights in South Africa. The project is sponsored by the World Health Organisation.
The project specifically examines whether the rights of children with disabilities in South Africa are being recognised and respected as regards the provision of access to basic resources (eg food and water), medicine, education and specialised support (eg communication boards and spectacles).
Children from four cultural groups, namely Zulu, Xitsonga, English and Afrikaans, were targeted and both the participating parents and the children with disabilities were asked to answer questions relevant to the research.
Data collection will be completed by the end of May 2012 and an article will be submitted for publication by the end of the year.