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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which of his Department's country offices will deliver teacher training programmes to contribute to the Government's pledge to train 190,000 teachers by 2014; what plans he has to ensure that such programmes comply with the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities; and what guidance he has issued country offices on the use of participatory teaching methods to improve quality and inclusiveness in teaching.
The UK Government's pledge to train 190,000 teachers by 2014 will be delivered through multilateral organisations. DFID expects multilateral organisations to adhere to the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities in their operations. In addition, DFID is supporting teacher training through our bilateral education programme, as published in the Operational Plans of DFID Country Offices. In 2010, the Department issued a Guidance Note entitled "Education for children with disabilities—improving access and quality", which emphasises the importance of complying with the UN convention, and utilising inclusive methodologies in teaching to ensure quality and inclusiveness in education.