1st Edition

Disability, Poverty and Education

Edited By Nidhi Singal Copyright 2013

    This book is a succinct and distinctive presentation of current research addressing educational issues in relation to children and young people with disabilities in Southern contexts. Even though people with disabilities are disproportionately over-represented in the majority world, there is a lack of texts which bring together empirical insights highlighting the unique socio-economic and cultural realities of these contexts and the ways in which these have shaped developments in education. This book provides a comprehensive and critical overview of a range of issues, such as the dilemmas in conceptual translations, analysis of international aid and national policies, evaluation of various educational interventions, and issues interrogating the purpose of education.

    Bringing together various research projects conducted in eight different countries, this book successfully captures a unique spread of cross-cultural issues. It was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Inclusive Education.

    1. Introduction Nidhi Singal

    2. Paradigm and paradox: Education for All and the inclusion of children with disabilities in Cambodia Maya Kalyanpur

    3. Conceptualising disability in Ghana: implications for EFA and inclusive education Jane Anthony

    4. Exploring understandings of inclusion in schools in Zambia and Tanzania using reflective writing and photography Susie Miles

    5. Evidence on inclusion and support for learners with disabilities in mainstream schools in South Africa: off the policy radar? Sulochini Pather

    6. Inclusive educational practices in Uganda: evidencing practice of itinerant teachers who work with children with visual impairment in local mainstream schools Paul Lynch, Steve McCall, Graeme Douglas, Mike McLinden and Asher Bayo

    7. The Lao PDR Inclusive Education Project 1993–2009: reflections on the impact of a national project aiming to support the inclusion of disabled students Peter Grimes, Khomvanh Sayarath and Sithath Outhaithany

    8. Illiteracy among adults with disabilities in the developing world: a review of the literature and a call for action Nora Ellen Groce and Parul Bakhshi

    9. Making the grade? A review of donor commitment and action on inclusive education for disabled children Philippa Lei and Juliette Myers

    10. Disability, vulnerability and citizenship: to what extent is education a protective mechanism for children with disabilities in countries affected by conflict? Jean-Francois Trani, Maria Kett, Parul Bakhshi and Nicola Bailey

    11. The enabling role of education in the lives of young people with disabilities in India: achieved and desired outcomes Nidhi Singal, Roger Jeffery, Aanchal Jain and Neeru Sood


    Nidhi Singal is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK, and Fellow at Hughes Hall College. She was the international team leader for the Disability, Education and Poverty Project (part of the Research Consortium of Educational Outcomes and Poverty, 2005-2010) funded by DfID, UK.