Developing Countries: Disability

International Development written question – answered on 8th May 2014.

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Photo of David Blunkett David Blunkett Labour, Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of the teachers it aims to train by 2015 will be trained in providing inclusive education to children with disabilities.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

The UK Government have committed to help train 190,000 teachers by 2015, to help improve the quality of education for all children, including those with disabilities. By 2012-13, DFID had trained 99,000 teachers. A major challenge in poor countries is developing the data systems which can capture the needs of children with disabilities. We are therefore supporting UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) to regularly publish education indicators which disaggregate people with disabilities, and to develop new standards for school censuses and surveys related to marginalised populations.

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