Nafisa is the Senior Director Inclusive Education for Light for the World. She is a qualified speech-language therapist and audiologist, with a Masters in Inclusive Education focused on the inclusion of blind students in regular schools. Over the past 12 years, she has used her life experience as a person with a disability and professional qualifications to 1) research and advise on inclusive education policies and practices; 2) advocate for the rights of children with disabilities and people with disabilities in general; and 3) train teachers, education officials and communities on aspects of inclusive education.
Nafisa is from Cape Town, South Africa and has a good understanding of the realities of developing countries. She has worked in several developing and developed countries, including Taiwan, Kenya, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Macedonia, South Sudan, Senegal, Mozambique, Rwanda, Namibia, and Ethiopia. She is the chair of the International Disability and Development Consortium Inclusive Education Task group and a Board member of the Global Campaign for Education.
Nafisa is an avid user and promoter of technology in education of persons with disabilities and views inclusive education for children with disabilities as a means to enhance quality education for all and social cohesion. She has authored several prominent publications on inclusive education including:
- Towards a Disability Inclusive Education, a paper prepared for the Oslo Summit on Education for Development,
- African Child Policy Forum Study: Documenting the Realities of Children with Disabilities in Africa, and
- #CostingEquity: The Case for Inclusive Education Financing.