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We Focus On - Education


Education and WWDs


The CRPD is the first globally binding human rights instrument to comprehensively address the rights of persons with disabilities[1]. The CRPD provides a clear legal and political roadmap for change. As per Article 24 of CRPD, States have to ensure that: Persons with disabilities are not excluded from the general education system on the basis of disability, and that children with disabilities are not excluded from free and compulsory primary education, or from secondary education, on the basis of disability. It also should provide for vocational training, adult education and life long education.


In CEDAW, Article 10 related to education seeks that Women have equal rights with men in education, including equal access to schools, vocational training, and scholarship opportunities. The article refers to all women though no specific mention of disability is made.


System of Education promoted by CRPD:  The educational system has been based on segregated special schools[2] for different types of disabilities. With the Salamanca Declaration 1994[3]  inclusion became the guiding force in Education. This was supported by CRPD under Article 24.

[1] United Nations, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, The UN Development Goals and Disabilities, web page: www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1470

[2] Different types of schools are available for children with disabilities i. Regular Schools ii. Special Schools as per need of the child’s disability, categorized as  for sensory (Blind Schools, Deaf)  and intellectual disabilities (Mentally Retarded). iii. Integrated (Special and Regular merged in a common set up) iv. Inclusive: Regular school to accommodate children with disability with support service. There are also non-formal schooling under National Institute of Opening Schooling (NIOS) and the not very common Home  Based Education. 

[3] Adopt as a matter of law or policy the principles of inclusive education, enrolling all children in regular schools, unless there are compelling reasons for doing otherwise. Visit, for details, www.unesco.org/education/pdf/SALAMA_E.PDF - France


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What We Focus On

WWDIN India works in the areas of:
Violenece Against Women
Work and Employment

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