Innovative Practice 2020 on Inclusive Education and ICT

Training teachers in inclusive techniques and learning materials

In 2016 Light for the World, a global disability and development NGO, launched a joint project called Regional Action for Inclusive Education (RAISE) along with CBM India and Jan Vikas Samiti, an NGO based in Varanasi, and 15 local NGO partners. The five-year project aims to increase the participation of children with various disabilities in mainstream schools by training teachers on inclusive techniques. As of May 2019, 617 teachers have been trained and official partnerships have been set up with the government’s Education for All programme in five states of North-East India.

“The students are now happier and more responsive, especially through group activities and good teaching aids and other materials.”

Phiriyooda RymbaiHeadteacher of Hope Centre Presbyterian School
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:RAISE Project
Organisation:Light for the World and partners
Country
of Implementation
India/ 5 districts in 5 states of NE India
Start Year2016

FACTS & FIGURES

  • By the end of the project in 2020, 1,700 teachers and 330 master trainers trained shall be trained.

PROBLEMS TARGETED

While India has made progress through its Education for All programme, many children with disabilities continue to be cut off from mainstream education due to inaccessible learning environments and untrained teachers.

SOLUTION, INNOVATION, AND IMPACT

RAISE partners with 15 NGOs in selected districts of five states in North-East India – Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura – and these NGOs now function as resource centres for Inclusive Education. These centres promote the access and increased participation and performance of children with disabilities in 78 government primary schools. They also train teachers, provide technical support to schools, and cooperate with education authorities. Teachers are trained in adapting or developing alternative learning materials and teaching aids, as well as in how to support a variety of disabilities, such as sensory, intellectual, learning, and multiple disabilities. RAISE also supports schools in obtaining assistive devices and other aids for children through existing government schemes.

28 teachers have been enabled to lead and replicate the inclusion process in their own institutions as well as the government system. As per May 2019, 617 teacher have been trained In addition,78 public schools have been selected and are being assessed closely accompanied to with a view of implementing minimum standards for Inclusive Education. The project also has a research component to monitor the progress of the children in inclusive schools across that is being field tested at the moment.

Girls in violet uniforms sit in several rows in front of the blackboard during class.

Teachers are trained to use a variety of materials in the classroom.

FUNDING, OUTLOOK AND TRANSFERABILITY

RAISE has received funds from CBM (more than €1 million), Light for the World (€343,000), and Jan VikasSamiti (€343,000). The funds cover the training and capacity development of local NGOs, teacher-training programmes, advocacy and awareness-raising, documentation, and administrative and salary costs.

The future aim is for the resource centres to become autonomous centres of expertise on Inclusive Education for their respective states. Additionally, RAISE aims to replicate the project in other districts, while training and resource materials will be taken up within the government’s Education for All programme.

 

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