Situational Analysis and Assessment of
Education for Children with Disabilities in
Bangladesh, South Asia, East Asia and South
Monsur Ahmed Choudhuri
Sayeda Asma Rashida
OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT GROUP
UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA, UK as part of the Disability Knowledge and Research
DFID's Disability KaR program, under the Theme of Mainstreaming Disability in Development, and
in consultation with People with Disabilities and Professionals in the field of Disability and
Development, identified some research issues with a list of guiding principles for research as well
as inclusive development. Education of Children with Disabilities was one of the identified issues.
The Disability KaR program circulated an invitation to submit Research Proposals from potential
organizations / individuals. In response to that this proposal was prepared, in consultation with the
Advocacy group of Street, Working and Slum Children with Disabilities formed and empowered
under the Centre for Services and Information on Disability's (CSID) Child Focused Rights based
CSID followed a participatory approach involving a wide range of participation of Children and
adults with disabilities, disabled people\u2019s organisations, Organisations working with the disabled,
professionals. The Research covered 4 countries of South Asia, East Asia and South Africa:
Bangladesh, Nepal, Vietnam and Republic of South Africa. CSID would like to express its deep
appreciation to the contact organisations in Vietnam- "The Office of National Coordinating Council
on Disability (NCCD); Nepal- "National Federation of the Disabled-Nepal (NFD-N) and South
Africa- "Secretariat of African Decade of Disabled People" who made an enormous effort to
organise the research Team's visit; made appointments with different Government and Non-
Government agencies/institutions, Schools, Professionals, DPOs, Parents Groups etc.; facilitated
visa processing, reservation of accommodation and local transportation. Without their sincere
cooperation it wouldn't have been possible for the Research Team to collect information from those
countries. The research Team also express their deep appreciation and gratitude to the Education
Institutions/organisations/persons/groups they visited, interviewed, and discussed, within
Bangladesh and other countries who provided information to make the Research a success.
The Research Team like to put on record its sincere appreciation to the "Children Consultative
Group" formed for time to time consultation during the process of the Research, and the data
collectors with disabilities who were involved in collecting data directly from field in side
Bangladesh. The Research Team also appreciates the contribution of the data entry operator in
data entry and processing.
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