In Nepal, education policy-makers are not aware of what inclusive education really means. The government is therefore failing to ensure an inclusive high quality education system for Dalit ("untouchable") girls with blindness who are between 5-16 years of age. As a result, in remote rural Nepal, illiteracy remains high among Dalit women with blindness. Dalit girls with disabilities face multiple forms of discrimination and violence because of their caste, gender and disability status.
In remote rural Nepal, especially in 4 project districts: Achham, Dadeldhura, Doti and Kanchanpur, blindness is still attributed to past wrongdoing by parents or even by people with disabilities themselves. In these districts, persons with blindness, especially women with blindness are barred from religious rites and cultural events like wedding ceremonies and other formal occasions, as their presence is thought to bring bad luck.
Through district workshops and radio programming, provide knowledge and skills regarding inclusive education to 400 Dalit girls with blindness (100 girls in each district), their families, representatives from Disabled Peoples' Organizations, staff from the Department of Inclusive Education, approximately 75 teachers of inclusive education, and local political leaders with insights and skills to understand the practical definition of inclusive education.
Long -term impact: 1. the goal of this initiative is to develop enduring impact, build networks, engage key government departments for sustaining the inclusion of disabled girls, develop and upload training material and videos on the web for the future; 2. the anticipated inclusive education policy reform process will create an obligation on the State to ensure the right to education for Dalit girls with disabilities, especially in rural Nepal on an equal basis with others.