UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Dalits in India and Nepal: Policy Options for Improving Social Inclusion in Education

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AUTHOR Eimar Barr, Susan Durston, Rob Jenkins, Eriko Onoda and Anjali Pradhan
ORGANIZATION UNICEF
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 2007
TOPIC Child-sensitive social protection
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

This paper examines the social exclusion facing Dalits, a particular caste group in South Asia mainly living in India and Nepal. Dalits are poorer than most other social groups and suffer from educational disadvantages because of insufficient education facilities, poor teaching methods and discriminatory attitudes toward the students from teachers and children of other caste groups. Anti-discriminatory laws are in place but aren’t regularly enforced. Dalits must be placed in a social exclusion framework to articulate their special needs and develop policies to meet them. This paper recommends that universal policies be adopted to improve education enrollment and that special measures be put in place for disadvantaged children, especially for members of the Dalit caste to address the relational aspect of deprivation.


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