Disabled Children to Enter Mainstream Schools in Tajikistan
|Publisher||Institute for War and Peace Reporting|
|Publication Date||17 September 2010|
|Cite as||Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Disabled Children to Enter Mainstream Schools in Tajikistan, 17 September 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4c9846162.html [accessed 25 May 2013]|
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Tajikistan is planning to open the inclusive schools where disabled children study alongside others.
Until now, provision for disabled children has been in special schools, but the education ministry wants to invest the extra resources needed to bring them into mainstream state education.
Although the regulations allowing the change have yet to be approved, one school in the capital Dushanbe has been doing it for two years. Teachers there say the atmosphere has improved disabled children are motivated to keep up with classwork, while their peers develop greater empathy.
Manzura Khaitova of the Education for All Centre is sceptical about introducing inclusive schools on a wider scale. She says the system still has a long way to go buildings must be made accessible, teaching staff retrained, and learning materials adapted.