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A SPECIAL REPORT ON THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION OF THE CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS IN NIGERIA

The right to free, compulsory and comprehensive primary/basic education which ensures the development of a child’s mental, physical, social and psychological wellbeing is a universal legal entitlement guaranteed to children the world over and it is also a moral claim. This right to education is enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which our great nation Nigeria is signatory to, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and also to The Child Rights Act 2003 of Nigeria. Some state governments in Nigeria also have these rights enshrined such as in The 2007 Child Rights Law of Lagos State and the Lagos State Special peoples Law 2011. Unfortunately, all these provisions have not guaranteed that these rights are extended to children with special needs in Nigeria in particular children with cognitive and developmental disorders because their enforcement has been neglected by the government. [READ MORE...]