Access of disabled children in Belarus to education is labored, believes the human rights defender

Sergey Drozdovsky, coordinator of the Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, considers access of disabled children in Belarus to education as labored. He believes that the existing system of education of disabled children in Belarus does not conform to needs and expectations of both children and their parents. Such opinion he expressed to BelaPAN  reporter at the press conference held on April 30 in Minsk. 

In spite of variety of forms of education for disabled children, access to education is labored as before, and quality of educational services is relatively low. Such conclusion can be made on the basis of the “Parents’ aims as a factor of efficient introduction of inclusive education in Belarus”, investigation carried out by the Office together with the Research Center of European Transformation in 2011 – 2012.
The investigation “revealed contradictions between declaration of granting equal rights and opportunities of education and training to children with special needs, which are recorded in the Law On Special Education”, and their practical implementation in the life”.
There are as many as 222 special classes, 5787 integrated education classes, and 1368 correction-pedagogic centers in Belarus. Barrier-free environment was created in more than 10 schools (Minsk, Grodno, Brest).
At the same time, more than half of children with special needs are educated in special educational establishments of a boarding school type.
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2 May 2012