#5384
Seema Nath
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This question on how to best support the education of children with disabilities in low and middle-income countries takes utmost significance in the background of the pandemic as the full extent of the long term repercussions of the school closures on the education of children is yet to be fully understood. In my understanding, first thing to support is ensuring that inclusive education continues in the online environment (through blended learning, building accessibility in the online learning etc) for children with disabilities (for as long as it is online) and when schools re-open there should be care to ensure there is adequate support and planning for the transition from online to offline schooling. Secondly, support through financial investment inclusive education for children with disabilities is extremely essential. Thirdly, having support structures in place for socio-emotional and mental health well-being of all students, teachers and school staff. And finally taking the support of research and evidence from the global South on supporting the education of children with disabilities in low and middle-income countries and using it to inform culture, practice and policies in mainstream schools.