Cultural beliefs and practices and their impact on the education of children with special needs in municipality division, Nyeri South District Kenya

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Kampala International University.College of Education
The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of cultural beliefs and practices towards the education of handicapped children in Nyeri South District, Kenya. The specific objectives of the study were to determine the Attitudes of the community to the Mentally retarded People in Municipality North zone, to determine the Community Tolerance and Acceptance of the Mentally Disabled Persons in Municipality North zone; and to show how the problems of cultural beliefs and practices of the community towards the mentally disabled persons can be over come. The methods used for data collection was questionnaires and interview gnides to teachers and head teachers of the schools involved in the study. In chapter four, the findings were presented and interpreted in relation to the study objectives and research questions. While linking to the existing literature, results included demographic characteristics, frequency and percentages. Based on the findings it was observed that the community had a negative attitude towards the education of the mentally retarded children due to their cnltural beliefs, the communities Torrance towards the mentally retarded children was not there. In chapter five, development of solutions to the problem, summary of the findings and conclusions were attempted. The findings suggested recommendations that in the education of students with disabilities a law is needed to provide and enforce services for this population. Without laws and national mandates, and ways for ensuring that schools abide by these laws, many students with disabilities are likely to be locked out of the educational arena. Development of a transition-based service provision model is vital especially for students with severe mental retardation
Research report submitted to the School of Open and Distance Learning in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the award of bachelor of Education Special Needs of Kampala International University
Cultural beliefs, Practices, Education, Children