Volume 2, Issue 6, December 2017, Page: 67-72
Elements Contributing to Limited Participation of Disabled Children in School Based Sport Extracurricular Activities
Efrem Kentiba, Department of Sports Science, Arba Minch College of Teachers’ Education, Arba Minch, Ethiopia; Department of Sports Science, Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia
Tesfay Asgedom, Department of Sports Science, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Received: Nov. 9, 2017;       Accepted: Nov. 23, 2017;       Published: Jan. 31, 2018
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijsspe.20170206.11      View  2853      Downloads  226
Aim of the study is to assess “Elements contributing to limited participation of children with disabilities (CWDs) in school based sport extracurricular activities” using descriptive survey design. The study participants were purposely selected (n=36). Observation using check lists, semi structured questionnaires and structured interview was administered. And the data obtained was analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively. As the findings shows opportunities to participate in school based sport extracurricular activities are unequal among disabled and non-disabled children in schools which is in contrast with UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities [12] which states to ensure that children with disabilities have equal access with other children to participation in play, recreation, leisure and sporting activities, including those activities in the school system. This limited CWDs to get the (Physical, Social and Psychological) benefits of participation in sport extracurricular activities. Lack of opportunities for participation, disability sport competitions at school level, poor facilities, poor school compound, poor student to student support and lack of awareness on including CWDs in sport activities are found as contributing elements. Recommendations: support professional development and mentorship opportunities for volunteer staffs, physical education teachers and create awareness on inclusive issues, all members of the sport extracurricular activities should be tasked with ensuring that CWDs feel welcome to participate, promote sports that embrace diversity and open them to all participants regardless of ability, pair CWDs with partners without disabilities on teams for competition and schools should prepare disability sport competitions as they prepare for non – disabled ones, by doing this, they can show the ability of disabled students.
Extracurricular Activities, Children with Disabilities, Sport, Participation
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Efrem Kentiba, Tesfay Asgedom, Elements Contributing to Limited Participation of Disabled Children in School Based Sport Extracurricular Activities, International Journal of Sports Science and Physical Education. Vol. 2, No. 6, 2017, pp. 67-72. doi: 10.11648/j.ijsspe.20170206.11
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