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LHR Declaration...

3-Days' Seminar on...
Significance & Implementation of Inclusive Education

7th to 9th February ‘2012 at Hospitality Inn, Lahore.

Organized by: Special Education Department Punjab
in collaboration with UNESCO


Special Report By: Muhammad Afzaal Humayun

  Lahore Recommendations

  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, Islamabad.
4. Mr. Amir Ashraf, President, Pakistan Association for the Blind, Lahore
5. Ms. Ayesha Kasuri, Beacon House School System.
6. Mr. Nadeem Irshad Kayani, Director, Directorate of Staff Development.
7. Mr. Fazil Cheema, Director (Coord), Devolved Federal Institutions.
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 properly.

Implementation Mechanism:

  • 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 Department.

  • 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 Institutions.

  • Print and Electronic Media may be engaged to make responsible and facts based reporting about the Children with disabilities.

  • Special Education Department, Punjab may conduct Training Seminars about changed values for various organizations, particularly for the Staff of Special Education and General Education Department.

  • 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.

  Participants of Group-B 

1. Mr. Niazullah Niazi, Senior Consultant, Avicenna Consulting (Pvt) Ltd, Islamabad.
2. Dr. Abdul Tawwab Khan, President, Rising Sun Education & Welfare Society, Lahore.
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, Muridkay, Sheikhupura.

Topic: Strategies to implement Inclusive Education.

  Recommendations by Group-B 

Proposed Strategies

  • 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 assessment.

  Participants of Group-C 

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, Lahore.
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 Inclusive Education.

  Recommendations by Group-C 

  • School Management Committees – representation of disabled persons or parents of disabled children; orientation and sensitization on inclusion and guidelines on inclusive education.

  • 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 development initiatives.

  • Union Councils/Local Government – review of data about disabled persons and orientation about inclusion.

  • 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 identification.

  • 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 reporting

  Participants of Group-D 

1. Dr. Abdul Hameed, Dean, UMT, Lahore.
2. Mr. Abdullah Khan Sumbal, Secretary Special Education Department, Punjab, Lahore.
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, Ferozwala.
8. .Ms. Kairan
9. Dr. Pervaiz Ahmad Khan, Secretary, Literacy & Non-Formal Basic Education Department.
10. Ms. Munazza, Psychologist, Govt. Deaf & defective Hearing School, Rawalpindi.
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

  • For this, 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 Education efforts

  • 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.