Education Sector Assessment of the Educational Needs of Disabled
September 2004-April 2005
of Educational Needs of Disabled Children in Bangladesh
study was conducted in Bangladesh in early 2005 by a research
team composed of nine research assistants trained in interview
and focus group discussion techniques, and three senior consultants.
Field visits were organized to a demographically varied but
representative sample of locations in Bangladesh: Kurigram,
Jessore, Savar, and Tangail. The measurement parameters included
the educational needs of disabled children, the obstacles to
obtaining these needs, and recommendations for improving the
current educational system to improve suitable education.
results of the data gathering show that the stigma against
disabled children by society is the biggest obstacle to education.
This obstacle and the universal lack of government educational
facilities for disabled children present formidable challenges
for improving educational opportunities for children with disabilities.
The solutions identified by those interviewed include recommendations
for public education and awareness, demonstration projects
that can be replicated, a configuration of special education
that includes mainstreaming into public schools, medical and
educational counseling, food aid and poverty reduction, and
curriculum that includes sports and fine arts.
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