The Role of the Church in Inclusive Education

The Role of the Church in Inclusive Education

Perpetua Omemo Oniala

 

Nsukka Journal of Religion and Cultural Studies | Vol 12, No 1 | © 2024 Perpetua Omemo Oniala | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0

Submitted: 26 Jan., 2024 | Published: 06 May 2024

 

About the author(s)

Perpetua Omemo Oniala, Department of Early Childhood and Special Needs Education, School of Education and Life-Long Learning,

Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.

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Abstract

This work focused on the various ways the church may support inclusive education, highlighting the role that the church plays in creating a diverse and fair learning environment. In today’s educational debate, inclusive education has emerged as a critical objective. The church is in a unique position to help bring inclusive education to fruition since it is a societal institution with a long history of community engagement. The study further evaluated the efforts made by the church to implement inclusive education, the progress made, and the possibility of ensuring it extends its services to all parts of the world. This study was guided by   the social model theory, and adopted a qualitative method to collect data. Qualitative data pertaining to inclusive education was gathered through a synthesis of the literature and document analysis. Results showed that the church has played a significant role towards promoting inclusive education. The church becomes a vital partner in the quest of educational institutions that accept diversity and empower all learners, ultimately contributing to the construction of a more inclusive and peaceful society, by utilising its influence, resources, and community ties. This study underscored the importance of continued efforts by the church to strengthen inclusive education thus achieving equitable and quality education for all.

Keywords

Church, diverse, equity, inclusive education, quality, special needs