The general objective of the project is to increase the enrolment and to reduce the dropout rates of CwDs in the regular government education system and creating an effecting learning environment for all the children of selected schools.
Specific objectives of the project are:
- To build capacity in terms of sensitization and technical capacity of all the involved stakeholders (SMCs, teachers of Govt. Primary School, families and care givers of CwDs and Integrated Child Developmental Scheme workers) to understand the need of learning together in an inclusive environment.
- To promote accessible infrastructure (physical / modified teaching learning material/ reasonable accommodation for meaningful participation of CwDs in selected regular schools
- To establish appropriate support mechanisms / a network (like skilled teachers, counselors, therapeutic support) to promote multi-sensory learning and dealing with CwDs in regular schools
- To create a conducive learning environment for collective learning of all children (with and without disabilities) together and minimize the dropout rate and increase the enrolment of out of school CwDs
- To foster linkages with the system to influence quality of education services & policies regarding CwDs and the government move towards making inclusive education a reality in the State.
EXPECTED PROJECT OUTCOMES:
- 12 Government schools will have at least 70 % CwDs of the locality enrolled in their school
2. Not more than 30% CwDs will drop out of these 12 schools
- At least 50% CwDs will achieve learning levels / development milestones appropriate to their age and potential
- CwDs in 12 schools will experience inclusive environment and appropriate behavior (will not experience exclusion due to attitude, infrastructure, facilities or teacher, staff or fellow student behavior / biases)
- SMCs will be able to play their role in more effective way.
- Provisions of RTE Act 2009 and RPwD Act 2016 will be implemented more effectively
EXPECTED OUTPUTS OF THE PROJECT:
- Officials of the education department agree to the idea of piloting inclusive education in 12 schools of 3 districts
- Officials of the education department identify 30 possible schools where sensitization process can be begun
- School management and teachers of 30 schools are sensitized on the idea of inclusive education
- School management of at least 12 out of 30 schools convey their consent to participate in the project
- 12 schools make modifications to ensure inclusive education / Universal design of Learning and multi-sensory teaching and learning (improve infrastructure, modify curriculum, modify methodology, hire / train counsellors, therapists etc.)
- 12 schools will adopt the software application
- Neighbourhood communities and parents of 12 schools are sensitized regarding inclusive education
- Parents will bring their CwDs for enrolment to the 12 schools
- Non-challenged children are sensitized to accept and engage with CwDs