Full participation of all Rwandans including those with disabilities and other Special Needs has increasingly dominated the preoccupation of the Rwandan Development programs since the proclamation of the 2003 National Constitution (Articles 40 & 76), and developing skills for the previously marginalized groups is clearly stated in the Government Seven year plan (2010-2017).These political engagements to support and include those with disabilities are reiterated by 9 ministerial decrees of September 2009 as well as the Ministry of Education’s SNE/IE Policy and Strategic plan (2013/14-2017/18).
Hence, the University of Rwanda College of Education (UR-CE) being the only public Teacher Training Institution, has been mandated under the statute law No. 49/2001 of 27/12/2001 and law N
o 20/2008 of 18/07/2008, with the obligation to respond to this important national call, with appropriate training programs and support services that would generate a range of expertise required in communities, schools and the general education system.
It is on this background that the School of Inclusive & Special Needs Education was established by the University of Rwanda, and was approved by its Academic senate of 6
th May, 2014, as one of the three schools in the College of Education, and its Dean was appointed on 11 th/08/2014. Recruitment of its academic and administrative staff, developing its infrastructure, procurement of resources have equally followed, and the 1 st cohort of B.Ed (Special Needs Education Students) were admitted in September 2014.
More undergraduate and postgraduate programs are also underway in progress, and it is envisioned that by the beginning of next academic year (2015-2016), the school will be running about 4 programs and training an average of 300 students.
The school has been conceived within the visionary national development agenda, focused on developing and reinforcing Inclusion of all Rwandan vulnerable groups, and it is thus expected that it will make its contribution through sustained and contextualized capacity building, research, community support and networking with other key stakeholders within and outside the country.