We are very pleased to invite you to attend the next seminar in our on-going series on global disability research, jointly organised by the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre and the Centre for International Health and Development, and funded by UCL Futures.
Entry, engagement and empowerment: Dilemmas for inclusive education in an Indian context
Speaker: Dr. Nidhi Singal
The concept of inclusive education has been an integral part of the Indian policy discourse for over a decade. It has been enshrined in popular media and has gained legitimacy in government, international and national NGO circles. While India has made a significant increase in the number of children enrolled in school, a large proportion continue to be excluded from and within the education system. Children with disabilities remain one of the most disproportionally represented amongst this group. Drawing on rich ethnographic data collected from two research projects based in different parts of urban and rural India, this presentation will interrogate the educational experiences of people with disabilities, and also investigate how policy rhetoric is being translated into practice.
Findings from the data suggest that while children with disabilities are now part of the mainstream schools' consciousness of responsibility, thus enabling their 'entry' into such schools, their participation in the classroom remains strongly framed within the notion of 'teachability'.
Accounts of the young people who have negotiated the education system note overwhelming feelings of frustration but also high levels of resilience and an incredible faith in the positive benefits of education. Using the work of Amartya Sen and others, Dr Singal will argue that systemic changes are needed where the focus is on issues of educational equity, alongside concerns for quality.
The seminar will take place on the 16th February 2012 from 5pm-7pm and will be followed by a drinks reception.
Wilkins Garden Room
University College London
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UCL Global Disability Research Group
The UCL Global Disability Research Group focuses on disability research in the areas of global health and international development. It is comprised of faculty members and students from the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre and the Institute for Global Health, which is based in the Institute of Child Health.
The research group is a partner of UCL's current Grand Challenge of Global Health initiative, and has strong interdisciplinary links with departments throughout UCL, as well as strong ties to researchers working on disability issues worldwide.