Project information

Getting disabled children into school, Bangladesh

Worldwide, 59 million children are out of school. The situation is especially grim for disabled children living in extreme poverty, who are disproportionately excluded from schools. In rural Bangladesh we are supporting disability activists in their work to tackle the social and practical barriers.

January 2017 - December 2018

Charity information: Action On Disability And Development

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  • Need


    Society in rural Bangladesh remains full of prejudice towards disabled people which means children with disabilities rarely go to school. Stigma still persists that disabled children cannot learn and so they are often deprived the basic right to an education, health and nutrition. If parents are illiterate, they may not understand the value of educating their disabled children and choose instead to send them out to work or beg.


    We support local disability activists to tackle this crisis in three ways. We help them to reach out to disabled children and their families, and get them enrolled into local schools. We provide teachers with the right training and materials, such as Braille kits, to meet their students’ needs and we campaign for the importance of inclusive education with schools, local authorities and key institutions.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Enrol more disabled children into school.


    » Reach out to families to help them see the value in educating their disabled children, and support them in enrolling them.
    » Create community ‘Watch Dogs’ to monitor enrolment of children with disability and at the school level.
    » Create ‘Child Brigades’ made up of teachers and school committee members committed to monitoring kids performance.
    » Ensure at least 90% of children graduate and are admitted into grade I of primary school.

    What success will look like

    Success will be 350 disabled children enrolled into inclusive preschool education, with 90% successfully graduating and being admitted into Grade 1 of primary school.

    Aim 2

    Help 11 schools to develop inclusive and enabling learning environments for disabled children.


    » Train teachers in inclusive preschool education and disability issues.
    » Create groups for students, schools and parents to discuss issues and progress.
    » Make sure teachers have the learning materials to support disabled students.

    What success will look like

    11 schools to develop inclusive and enabling learning environments for disabled children.

    Aim 3

    Help teachers, parents & local government to support children with disabilities


    » Set up ‘Parents’ committees’ to manage day to day operations, monitor children’s performance and ensure a disability friendly learning environment
    » Create tools to measure changes in attitudes and behaviour of parents, teachers and communities.
    » Capture evidence of what works so other activists can pressure power holders to implement the same changes elsewhere.

    What success will look like

    1,750 family members, 22 teachers, 350 parents, 30 disabiltiy activists will benefit from increased skills to support inclusive primary education.

  • Impact


    The more disabled children enrol into school, the more attitudes towards disability change. Going to school builds children’s confidence and dreams, and gives them the opportunity to thrive. This tackles stigma in the family, in the school and in the community, proving that disability is not inability. In turn, more families will begin enrolling their children in the local schools and more teachers will advocate for inclusive education.


    • Extreme weather situations. We will mitigate this by maintaining close relationships with children and their families so we can provide support for changes in circumstances.
    • The transfer of teachers and government officials within the project lifetime may affect current relationships hampering implementation of project activities. We will mitigate this by fostering relationships with multiple teachers and officials so that we have other links we can utilise in the case of staff changes.


    We will keep donors up to date on the projects progress by sending them regular updates via their preferred communication methods. We will share project related statistical information as well individual stories of change, evaluations and learning reports.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,255 Personnel cost Staff to deliver project
      £4,660 Programme delivery cost Programme delivery cost
      £1,476 Office and admin costs Office and admin costs
      £609 Materials and equipment Materials and equipment
  • Background


    This project will support 15 schools in the following locations:
    • Sirajganj sadar upazila under Sirajganj district-(7 schools),
    • Bhuapur upazila under Tangail district (4 schools)
    • Dhaka City slums (4 schools)


    • 350 disabled children will directly benefit from inclusive preschool education. We are aiming for 90% of these children to successfully graduate and be admitted into Grade 1 of primary school.
    • 1,750 family members of disabled children will indirectly benefit. 11 preschool teachers, 11 grade-1 primary school teachers, 121 SMC members, 350 parents, 30 disability leaders, will benefit from increased knowledge and skills to support inclusive primary education for children with disability.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Neglect, oppression, violence and discrimination towards disabled people were widespread before an organised disability movement was formed in Bangladesh. Children and women were the worst affected, shunned by their own families because of cultural taboos and superstition. For disabled children, education was a rarity.

    In 1995 we began working with a handful of dedicated, exceptional people. With limited resources, the growth of the movement over the last 15 years has been phenomenal.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Hasina Begum

    Project officer: Prepare work plan for self and team members to accomplish the planned activities.

    Aziz Ahmed Romel

    Monitoring Manager: Responsible for providing overall support to monitoring, evaluation and documentation.