Panel discussion to mark International Women’s Day
Kathmandu, March 7: Australian Embassy in partnership with Nepal Disabled Women Association and Sancharika Samuha, Nepal, on Tuesday organised a panel discussion on “Inclusive Quality Education: What it means for girls/women with disabilities” to observe International Women’s Day.
The discussions explored the current education of girls/women with disabilities and on the ways to improve the quality and access to education for girls/women with disabilities.
On the occasion, Australian Ambassador to Nepal Glenn White said women with disabilities face comparatively more barriers and therefore, every effort must be taken to remove these obstacles to enable girls and women with disabilities to gain formal and informal education.
Making a key note presentation on the topic, Professor of Inclusive Education, Basu Dev Kafle, said that perception towards people with difficulties and disabilities was changing and there was greater understanding, acceptance and respect to people with differences and diversities.
He said, “Identification, recognition, realization and celebration of diversities as basic tenets of society have now been lifting the face of humanity from a drudgery of segregation to a world of inclusion with a dignified living for all.”
Similarly, Ganesh Prasad Paudel, Deputy Director, Inclusive Education Section of the Ministry of Education presented the government’s policy on inclusive education.
Nirmala Dhital, President of NDWA stressed the need for improving the number and quality of special needs education experts and effective implementation of government policies on inclusive education while Anita Bindu, vice president of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists; Nirmala Sharma, President of the Sancharika Samuha, Mr Rajkumar Trikhatri of Plan International spoke as members of the panel in support of empowerment of women and girls through education. RSS