In this article Barbara Kolucki makes a compelling argument to teach children in their early upbringing to value diversity. It is her hope that this will lead to a generation who wants to be themselves instead of following a perfect set model and to allow others to do the same.
During the years 1999 to 2002, children with disabilities have studied in the regular classroms of 17 local primary schools in the Mpika district of Northern Province, Zambia, as part of the Mpika Inclusive Education Project (MIEP). Before MIEP started, a few local teachers had successfully used Child-to-Child methods to promote health education and action. This experience, which led to MIEP, had demostrated that all children benefitted from a participatory approach and learning that was relevant to their lives, Children who previously had had diffuculties improved and latent talents were revealed. This report is about the provess of the project, and has been written to share the sills, knowledge and experience acquired during MIEP with others atttempting similar projects.