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State of the Education Report for India:UNESCO

The state of education report for India 2019: Children with Disabilities is the first of its kind published by UNESCO New Delhi and highlights accomplishments and challenges with regards to the right to education of children with disabilities (CWDs). It provides comprehensive and detailed information on the current state of education of CWDs and submits ten key suggestions to policy makers. According to the report inclusive education is complex to implement and requires a fine understanding of the diverse needs of children and their families across different contexts. Currently 3-4 of the children with disabilities at the age of 5 years and ¼ between 5-19 years do not go to any educational institutions. The number of children enrolled in school drops significantly with each successive level of schooling. There are fewer girls with disabilities in schools than boys with disabilities in schools. According to the UNESCO report the attitude of parents and teachers towards including children with disabilities into mainstream education is also crucial to accomplish the goal of inclusive education. The report proposes a set of 10 recommendations:

  1. Amend the RTE Act to better align with the RPWD Act by including specific concerns of education of children with disabilities.
  2. Establish a coordinating mechanism under MHRD for effective convergence of all education programmes of children with disabilities.
  3. Ensure specific and adequate financial allocation in education budgets to meet the learning needs of children with disabilities.
  4. Strengthen data systems to make them robust, reliable and useful for planning, implementation and monitoring.
  5. Enrich school ecosystems and involve all stakeholders in support of children with disabilities.
  6. Massively expand the use of information technology for the education of children with disabilities.
  7. Give a chance to every child and leave no child with disability behind.
  8. Transform teaching practices to aid the inclusion of diverse learners.
  9. Overcome stereotypes and build positive dispositions towards children with disabilities, both in the classroom and beyond.
  10. Foster effective partnerships involving government, civil society, the private sector and local communities for the benefit of children with disabilities.




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