“An inclusive learning-friendly environment is defined as one that ‘welcomes, nurtures and educates all children regardless of their gender, physical, intellectual, social, emotional, linguistic, or other characteristics.”
Launched in July 2010 and funded by AusAID, Education Development and Improvement Programme (EDIP) aims to:
- Save resources on input – teachers, infrastructure, etc.
- Includes children with disabilities in mainstream society
- Improvement of schools through various activities conducted by each EDIP partner
- Allow children without disabilities to interact with those who are different
- Allow children with disabilities to stay with their age group and peers for as long as possible.
- EDIP is targeting 98 schools in six districts – Gilgit, Hunza-Nagar, Skardu, Ghanche, Astore, and Ghizer; over a period of three years.
- NOWPDP is implementing, as part of the whole-school improvement programme, teacher and community awareness trainings in disability sensitization and inclusive education for children with mild to moderate disabilities.
- With 21 teacher training sessions across G-B and supervising at least 106 community awareness sessions with Local Level Institutions (LLIs), these trainings provides teachers with the basic tools/skills they require to identify potential indicators of disability in their classes and to work effectively with their students with disabilities.
- Approximately 525 teachers from 106 participating schools across G-B are included in the training.
- NOWPDP is also providing technical input to AKPBS, P for the retro-fitting of schools. At least three schools in each cluster have been chosen for retrofitting for accessibility.
The EDIP team at NOWPDP has trained over 450 teachers, and is in the process of training over 106 local level institutions. They are currently in the process of planning their community awareness events on disability across six districts of GB.
The team has conducted pre-and post-training case studies in sample schools to monitor the impact of trainings on Disability Sensitization and Inclusive Education. The case studies researches highlighted that the trainings had a positive impact in some of the sample schools – an improvement in the overall classroom environment for students with disabilities.
Intervention in Diamer, which is one of the seven districts in GB, has been delayed due to security concerns. However, plans will commence in year three of the programme, beginning Q4 of 2012.
- Shahid Hussain – Shigar Khas, Skardu
- Kaneez Fatima – Machulo, Ghanche
- Sabahat Mir – Kashrote, Gilgit
- Bibi Zuleika – Oshikhandas, Gilgit
- Mehrunnisa – Ghizer
- Zafar Iqbal – Yasin, Ghizer
- Umar Jan – Phander, Ghizer
- Dilshad Bano – Yasin, Ghizer
- Naseema Bibi – Mominabad, Ghizer
- Ghulammudin – Karimabad, Hunza
- Mohammad Wali – Gorikot, Astore
- Kaka Jan – Thingai, Ghizer
- Karim Madad Shah – Gupis, Ghizer
- Mubashir Ali – Chupurson, Hunza
While 19 trainers were trained by NOWPDP in Disability Sensitization and Inclusive Education, only 14 were selected to be NOWPDP Master Trainers.
At a Glance:
Status: In Progress
Impact: 450 teachers trained
Funding Source: AusAID
- The Aga Khan Foundation
- The Government of Gilgit-Baltistan
- Aga Khan University – Institute for Educational Development
- Aga Khan Education Services, Pakistan
- Aga Khan University – Human Development Programme
- Aga Khan Planning and Building Services
- Aga Khan Foundation-Civil Society Resource Centre (CSRC)
- AKU-IED Professional Development Center, North (PDCN)