Executive Director Ummeed Child Development Center
In 2014, an estimated 2.14 million children in the age group of 6-13 years were characterized as children with special needs (CWSN) in India, of which 62% -72% receive some form of education. Children with special needs are much more likely to be out of school than any other group of vulnerable children, and those in school are less likely to receive services or support to optimize their education. In addition, intervention outcomes for children with disabilities are often reduced to only physical access or school attendance. There is a remarkable paucity of data and research around the educational and social outcomes for these children.
This session will review the role that funders can play collectively in shaping the interventions around education for children with special needs. Emphasis will be placed on re-defining access to education and ways to foster social inclusion and employability – issues that have important implications to the provision of quality education for these children.
- The Sustainable Development Goal 4 clearly outlines the need for equal access to all levels of education for children with special needs. However, the discussion on access needs to move from physical access to also include alleviation of attitudinal barriers, customized pedagogy, trained teachers and counsellors.
- Measuring impact of educational interventions for children with special needs to include educational outcomes as well as social inclusion by peers and the broader school community.
- There is an urgent need for all stakeholders and funders in the education space to prioritize education of children with special needs and focus on how they can be made work-ready and effectively participate in the labour market.
Deal Share Live
At this Summit, we would incorporate the sharing of two Deal Share Live participants in each breakout session.
These are Social Purpose Organisations (SPOs) listed on the Deal Share Platform, and will lend their perspectives on how they are working with resource providers to create social impact through their implementation work on the ground. Integrating the Deal Share Live into each breakout session would create a more robust discussion in examining what might have worked, what didn’t and what’s next; in relation to what the panel is sharing