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20100322 USAID Inclusive Education in Pakistan


20100322 USAID Inclusive Education in Pakistan

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to implement the Engaging with Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) in Development Cooperation (ENGAGE) Project. The purpose of the ENGAGE Project was to increase the participation of DPOs and people with disabilities in the planning and implementation of development efforts. This is needed because people with disabilities are more likely to be caught in a vicious cycle of poverty and denial of opportunities for economic, social, and human development. Including people with disabilities and their needs in international development is needed to break this cycle.
Based on the experiences of the ENGAGE Project and others in Pakistan, there are encouraging signs that inclusive education is possible in Pakistan, if the appropriate resources and supports are provided. This project demonstrated that when training was provided to Pakistani primary teachers, they were able to make changes in their pedagogy and become more accepting of differences in their students, which are necessary initial steps to making classrooms and schools more inclusive.