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Education for All – Inclusive Education

Home based educator training the child Karthik and his mother on activities of daily living
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The Global Action Week (GAW) is observed every year by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE). This year the theme of Global Action Week (19th to 25th May 2014), is “Equal Right Equal Opportunity: Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities”.

Campaigning for Inclusive Education

CBM India is actively working for inclusive education in India from 1979.  CBM is in collaboration with the National Coalition for Education (NCE) and will support in organising the culmination event on 24th May 2014, at New Delhi.  (National Coalition for Education (NCE) in India, is a conglomeration of teachers unions, parliamentarians and civil society organization; and a counterpart of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE)). In addition, CBM India has planned various events across different locations in India, which will continue during the year.

Current education scenario of children with disabilities

In India there are an estimated 7.8 million children with disabilities according to census 2011 and most of them are in rural locations. Many educational programmes have attempted to reach out to children marginalised due to poverty, caste, religion and gender, but children with disabilities still have very low rates of enrolment and are more likely to be out of school than any other group of children (India Education Report 2002). 

The District information on School Education (DISE) report that enrolment of children with disabilities at primary level to total enrolment was 1.18% and dropped to 0.90% for upper primary level in 2012-13.  Other surveys show very low enrolment beyond primary level.  This lack of attention to children with disabilities, will also keep India from achieving the Millennium Development Goals which include universal primary education.

Special schools, though they have a role, can only provide education for a limited number of children with disabilities. Without inclusive education, it is not possible to ensure that all children with disabilities get education.  The best way to address this is to make existing schools inclusive. Making schools and classrooms accessible, ensuring appropriately trained teachers, availability of teaching-learning material and assistive devices, support in teaching children with disabilities and sensitizing staff, children and parents on disabilities are steps that will increase enrolment and retention of children with disabilities in school.
Reports will follow... 

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Highlights of 2nd T20 World Cup for blind 2017 finals

The highlights of T20 World Cup for the blind finals held at Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru, India


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