Sharing the learning from our inclusive education project in Bangladesh

24 December 2014

Leonard Cheshire Disability and Gana Unnayan Kendra (GUK) recently held a learning workshop in inclusive education in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The event shared the learning from our partnership project, 'Promoting rights through community action: improved access to inclusive education for children with disabilities in Bangladesh'. Through this project we have supported over 2,100 children supported to go to 262 schools in Nilphamari district in Bangladesh.

Speaker panel at learning workshop - there are six speakers, one of whom is on the podium, five of them sitting behind a long table

The event was a great success, with nearly 100 participants. The Minister of Primary and Mass Education Advocate Mostafizur Rahman attended, and spent more than two hours listening to the concerns of parents, teachers, children with disabilities and other key stakeholders who spoke at the occasion. He promised that his department would consider introducing special teachers at sub-district level to promote inclusive education.

As part of the project, we have carried out a review of the curriculum and textbooks in Bangladesh. We have made several recommendations for how these can be made more inclusive for children with disabilities, which can be found in our policy brief for inclusive education in Bangladesh. The brief has been presented to the minister and he will be raising our concerns with relevant officials.

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