A 2 days south Asian regional knowledge exchange event on “EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES THROUGH RESEARCH, POLICY AND ADVOCACY” kicks off in Kathmandu today. The event jointly organized by Faculty of Education, Cambridge University, DFID, Girls Education Challenge UNICEF Regional Office, South Asia (ROSA) and Humanity & Inclusion aims to bring together organisations which are running programmes on education of children with disabilities and foster knowledge exchanges among the participants.
In preparation for the 2018 Global Disability Summit, a Statement of Action was released to articulate an approach to accelerate equitable and quality inclusive education for children and youth with disabilities. A group of 31 donor agencies, INGOs, research organisations and global education networks that gathered at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge shared a vision for persons with disabilities have: Equal access to quality inclusive education, which is differentiated to support their learning needs and learning outcomes across each stage of the learning cycle and enables them to lead a fulfilling and independent life.
The 2019 South Asian Regional Knowledge Exchange Event seeks to bring together key stakeholders that pool public sectors educators, non-state actors, researchers, disabled people’s organisations and donor agencies to focus on how countries can turn this vision of inclusive education into a reality. Many South Asian governments and actors signed the Summit’s Charter for Change which embeds Inclusive Education as a key pillar of action, in line with the UNCRPD convention Article 24 that requires State Parties to ensure inclusive education systems. However, making this transformation in resource-constrained environments requires a continuous exchange of ideas and evidence between decision makers, practitioners and researchers.
The event seeks to raise mutual understanding between key stakeholders and actors in developing inclusive education systems along with regional and international expertise and resources.