Where is the humanity in Nepal ?
Updated: Mar 1, 2020
WHAT WE DON'T KNOW
The children with disability face severe problems. Despite the progresses in the laws and policies the government divides children with disabilities into different classrooms and the teachers are often not trained to provide education,in which children with and without disabilities learn together.
A word from the UN
UN and World Health Organization estimates, Nepal has 60,000 to 180,000 children ages 5 to 14 with disabilities.Very few mainstream public schools enroll children with disabilities. Out of more than 30,000 schools in Nepal, just 380 have what they call “resource classes,” where children with a particular disability, such as children who are blind or who have an intellectual disability, are grouped with others with a similar disability.
Nepali government has introduced reforms to strengthen the rights of people with disabilities and to expand educational opportunity. The constitution says that education is a fundamental right and provides for free and compulsory primary education and free secondary education, as well as the right to free education through braille and sign language.
In 2017, Nepal adopted the Disability Rights Act and an Inclusive Education Policy for Persons with Disabilities. The policy says that children should be able to study, without discrimination, in their own communities, but also allows educating for children with disabilities separately.
The government is also developing an inclusive education master plan to create disability-friendly educational infrastructure and facilities, improve teacher training, and develop a flexible curriculum by 2030. However, the government has yet to articulate in law or policy a clear understanding of what quality, inclusive education in line with international standards requires and how to provide it.