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Why Vidya must go to school

We all feel very strongly about the need of education for enabling children to find opportunities and addressing development challenges of the country. It is this belief that led to a recognition of the Right to Education as a fundamental right.

But Vidya is unable to go to school and enjoy her right to education like her other peers. She is one among millions of children with disabilities who are awaiting the opportunity to access school education through inclusive education. 

The number of children with disabilities between the ages of 5 – 10 in India is estimated to be 2.36 million, but only 1.72 million are enrolled in elementary school. The District Information on School Education (DISE) reports that the proportion of enrollment of children with disabilities at the primary level to total enrollment was 1.18% and dropped to 0.90% for an upper primary level in 2012-13.

Full participation in the mainstream schools is critical for inclusion and empowerment of children with disabilities. The Right to Education Act, 2009, mandates that ‘every child’ with any form of disability must receive ‘meaningful and quality education’.

However, despite a strong emphasis on implementation, there is a long way to go before this becomes a reality. 

Though there has been a relatively strong emphasis on the issue of access, there is a need now to focus on the issue of quality of education and learning for children with disabilities. Informed teachers and an inclusive methodology are vital for making this shift happen.

One of the many challenges for inclusion of children with disabilities in the mainstream schools is that there are no standard practices or established methodology to guide the regular teachers. There is a need to demonstrate how inclusive education works in schools where children with disabilities and children without disabilities study together. With such a resource being available, teachers will be able to find solutions, based on the local context, using evidence-based practices.
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Winning combination of cricket and inclusion

Message by India’s T20 Blind Cricket Team on celebrating CBM India’s winning combination of cricket and inclusion.

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Why Vidya must go to school

We all feel very strongly about the need of education for enabling children to find opportunities and addressing development challenges of the country


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