Significance & Implementation
of Inclusive Education
7th to 9th February ‘2012 at Hospitality Inn,
Organized by: Special
Education Department Punjab
Special Report By: Muhammad Afzaal Humayun
Participants of Group-A
1. Mr. Khalid Naeem, Country Head, ICEVI, Islamabad.
2. Mr. Inayat Ullah, Ex-Chairman National Commission for Mass
Communication V.P Pakistan Society for Rehabilitation of Disabled.
3. Mr. Arshad Saeed Khan, Senior Educational Advisor, UNESCO,
4. Mr. Amir Ashraf, President, Pakistan Association for the Blind,
5. Ms. Ayesha Kasuri, Beacon House School System.
6. Mr. Nadeem Irshad Kayani, Director, Directorate of Staff
7. Mr. Fazil Cheema, Director (Coord), Devolved Federal
8. Mr. Shahid Abbas, Deputy Director (C), Directorate of Special
Education, Punjab, Lahore.
9. Mr. Khalid Awan, District Education Officer (Spl.Edu), Lahore.
10. Ms. Shahida Parveen, Psychologist, Govt. Qandeel Secondary
School for the Blind, Rawalpindi
Topic: Managing Change Values
for an Inclusive Culture in Society.
Recommendations by Group-A
Exclusion based on gender, economic, ethnic,
social, cultural and religious biases be discouraged.
Equality of human being.
Equality of educational opportunities.
Acceptance of children with disabilities.
Respect of self esteem (honour & dignity) of
Children with disabilities.
Parents and families of Children with disabilities
may be given due respect and should be entertained / accommodated
Children without disabilities may be made aware
through counseling to accept Children with disabilities.
Parents of Children without disabilities may also
be made aware about rights of Children with disabilities.
Social, Psychological and emotional needs of
Children with disabilities and children without disabilities may
be given due consideration.
To plan and monitor these values, a Cell may be
established in the Special Education as well as General Education
Values may be incorporated in Pre-Service and
In-Service Training Modules / Programmers.
Orientation Seminars on rights of Children /
Persons with disabilities may be arranged in all the Educational
Print and Electronic Media may be engaged to make
responsible and facts based reporting about the Children with
Special Education Department, Punjab may conduct
Training Seminars about changed values for various organizations,
particularly for the Staff of Special Education and General
The Department of Special Education, University of
the Punjab and University of Management & Technology, Lahore may
arrange lecturers on changed values.
Recognition in shape of Certificates, Shields,
Souvenirs' etc. may be awarded to those individuals who
successfully act upon the desired values.
The Legislators, Policy Makers, Planners, Managers,
Administrators and Teachers may be trained about the rights of
Children with disabilities and also about changed values.
Advocacy Material for Inclusion Based Values may be
prepared and disseminated widely.
All the Stakeholders particularly the Persons with
Disabilities, Disabled People Organizations be consulted in Policy
Making, Planning, Implementation and Monitoring.
1. Mr. Niazullah Niazi, Senior Consultant, Avicenna
Consulting (Pvt) Ltd, Islamabad.
2. Dr. Abdul Tawwab Khan, President, Rising Sun Education & Welfare
3. Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, Director UNESCO.
4. Dr. David Martin, Country Director, British council.
5. Mr. Shafiq-ur-Rehman, Milestone, Lahore.
6. Mr. Athar Nizami, Aziz Jehan Begum Trust for the Blind, Lahore.
7. Mr. Sharif Tahir Chishti, Principal, Govt. Central Model High
School, Lower Mall, Lahore.
8. Dr. Humaira Bano, Head, Department of Special Education,
University of the Punjab, Lahore.
9. Mr. Fazal Abbas Rana, Director Special Education, Punjab, Lahore.
10. Ms. Mehwish Wakeel, Psychologist, Govt. Special Education
Centre, Nishtar Town, Lahore.
11. Ms. Samra Javed, Headmistress, Govt. Special Education Centrer,
Topic: Strategies to implement
Recommendations by Group-B
Policy Paper for the Inclusive
Education for Punjab Government jointly owned by Department of
Education and Department of Special Education.
Advocacy Strategy and Action Plan for
Inclusive Education for the Punjab Province to define a clear road
map for required changes at different levels.
Engaging the parents of children with
disabilities and DPOs for promotion of Inclusive Education through
IEC materials and memberships to School Management Committees.
Review of Curriculum to meet the
needs of vulnerable groups including disabled children and support
should be sought from all stakeholders including Punjab Text Board.
A systematic capacity development
programme for special education and general education teachers in
inclusive education should be initiated in collaboration with DSD,
Universities and Special Education.
District Education Planning at the
district level should have reflection of special education.
A coordination mechanism with key
stakeholders at the district level should be established for
improved service delivery
The indicators of disability should
be added in the current M&E processes of education and other social
sectors programme to understand the enrollment and retention.
Role of special education centers at
the district and sub district levels as resource center for
disability should be explored by strengthening functional
1. Dr. Haroon Awan, Senior Consultant, Avicenna
Consulting (Pvt) Ltd, Islamabad.
2. Prof. Dr. Naseer-ud-Din, Special Education Department, University
of the Punjab.
3. Mr. Aslam Kamboh, Secretary School Education Department, Lahore
4. Ms. Afifa Iftikhar, Principal, Govt. In-Service Training College
for the Teachers of Disabled Children, LHR.
5. Mr. Farasat Iqbal, Punjab Health Sector Programme.
6. Dr. Khalid Jamil, Head of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Department, Mayo Hospital, Lahore.
7. Mian Abdul Haq, Director Public Instructions (Schools), Punjab,
8. Ms. Ibtesam Thakur, Assistant Director (Psy), Directorate of
Special Education, Punjab, Lahore.
9. Mr. Nazar Abbas Jafri, Principal, Govt. Pilot Secondary School,
Wahdat Road, Lahore.
10. Mr. Mushtaq Iqbal Chohan, Programme Officer, Directorate of
Special Education, Punjab, Lahore.
11. Dr. S.Kamrani, Education Officer, UNESCO.
12. Mr. Afzaal Tahir, President and Chief Auditor, voice of Special.
Topic: Community Partnership in
Recommendations by Group-C
School Management Committees –
representation of disabled persons or parents of disabled children;
orientation and sensitization on inclusion and guidelines on
Parents – general awareness of
parents e.g. through consumer groups, CBOs.
Civil Society – general
awareness about disability issues and inclusive education; advocacy
by consumer groups for internalizing inclusive practices in
Union Councils/Local Government
– review of data about disabled persons and orientation about
District Coordination –
proactive participation of special education with district education
planning processes to highlight inclusive education needs
Local media and specialist
consumer communication groups – dissemination of information.
Sports – promote sports
activities for children with disability.
Outreach programme special
education – enhance linkage with general education and community
School Health – linkage with
School Health and Nutrition Supervisors programme; orient on
disability and inclusive education; guidelines and training on
identification, basic assessment and referral mechanism.
Lady Health Workers –
orientation on disability and inclusive education; identification
and referral, dissemination of information; explore options for
1. Dr. Abdul Hameed, Dean, UMT, Lahore.
2. Mr. Abdullah Khan Sumbal, Secretary Special Education Department,
3. Prof. Muhammad Rafique Tahir, Joint Secretary, CADD, Islamabad
(National Focal Person on Inclusive Education).
4. Mrs. Zubaida Syed, Principal, Govt. Shadab Training Institute of
Special Education (MR), Lahore.
5. Dr. Amjad, Punjab Health Sector Programme.
6. Dr. Qamar Rasheed, Director Hamza Foundation, Lahore.
7. Ms. Afaf Manzoor, Headmistress, Govt. Special Education Centre,
8. .Ms. Kairan
9. Dr. Pervaiz Ahmad Khan, Secretary, Literacy & Non-Formal Basic
10. Ms. Munazza, Psychologist, Govt. Deaf & defective Hearing
11. Mr. Munawar Malik, Principal, Hamza Foundation, Lahore.
12. Mr. Hafiz Muhammad Tayyab, SSET, Govt. Training College for the
Teachers of Deaf, Lahore.
Topic: Financing and Resourcing
involved in Inclusive Education.
Recommendations by Group-D
Approaching & Key Findings
Inclusive Education would need to be
financed innovatively & strategically
a multi-pronged strategy
would be required
The Group looked at both Financial &
Human Resources while developing its formulations
Absence of baseline data and lack of
precise needs assessment were thought to be major handicaps
Secretary P&D was also consulted;
Ownership issues were deemed to be critical
Financing & Resourcing Strategy
Drafting of Inclusive Education
Policy & its approval by the Provincial Cabinet
Mapping of Special Education
situation & Inclusive Education needs through an ADP scheme
Steering Committee to be constituted
in the P&D Department for effective inter-sectoral coordination
Training of General Education &
Special Education teachers in Inclusive Education practices &
processes through collaborative work between Special Education
Department, Directorate of Staff Development & MPDD
P&D Dept to ensure that the PESRP
funds from WB & DFID to be linked to a DLI related to Inclusive
A few PPP models of teacher training
& service delivery to be developed under the Punjab PPP Act, 2010;
Private partners to be kept in the loop
Special Education Department’s ADP
for FY 2012-13 to contain schemes for Inclusive Education
Inclusive Education to be brought
into the One-UN Programme framework strategically; P&D to assist
British Council to help through its
‘Connecting Classrooms’ partnership
Punjab Education Foundation to be
asked to accept students from the Special Education institutions in
its EVS Programme from this FY
Work on low-cost Assistive Technology
to be undertaken simultaneously.