insights 81. Making education inclusive for all.


Educational inclusion relates to all children accessing and meaningfully participating in quality education, in ways that are responsive to their individual needs. The terms 'inclusion' and 'inclusive education' are often used in relation to children with disabilities and/or special needs and emerged partly out of debates to reduce their segregation from mainstream schooling. This education issue of insights features a range of articles showing some of the complexities of inclusion across a range of international, national and local contexts. It features research conducted by the following DFID-funded RPCs: Implementing Education Quality in Low Income Countries (EdQual), Research Consortium on Educational Outcomes and Poverty (RECOUP), Young Lives, and the Consortium for Research on Educational Access, Transitions and Equity (CREATE).

The articles in this issue are as follows:

  • Addressing the education needs of pastoralist groups in South Asia
  • Girls' education in Pakistan
  • Tackling barriers to education caused by attitudes towards inclusion in Tanzania
  • From enrolment to participation. Education for children with disabilities in India
  • Ensuring educational inclusion in emergencies
  • Language, ethnicity and education in Peru
  • Reducing school dropouts through inclusive approaches to education in Ghana
  • Understanding inclusive education. What is it and why do it?


IDS Knowledge Services. insights 81. Making education inclusive for all. insights (2010), IDS, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 8 pp.

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