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Education Sector Assessment of the Educational Needs of Disabled Children
Bangladesh
September 2004-April 2005

Assessment of Educational Needs of Disabled Children in Bangladesh

This 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.

The 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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