Early Detection Of Functional Limitations For Better Learning Outcomes
Pilot to inform Equity in Education activities in Mid- & Far-Western Nepal
In November 2016, Humanity & Inclusion (formerly Handicap International) and Resource Center for Rehabilitation and Development (RCRD), with support from World Education Nepal and UNICEF, initiated a pilot screening programme in mid and far western Nepal to support and inform the government's efforts to identify, diagnose and treat functional impairments among children early in their development. Initial findings indicate that 26 per cent of screened children are at risk of limited participation in society because of one or more functional limitations and that 9.4 per cent of screened children have a 99-100 per cent chance of being formally diagnosed with a disability. This overview shares strategies, results and recommendations from the pilot, which is one component of a broader Equity in Education programme supported by UNICEF.
The pilot screening is part of a multi-year Early Grade Learning project implemented in partnership with UNICEF and RCRD in four remote mid and far western districts. The pilot screening surveyed 2,804 children enrolled in ECD-Grade 3 classes in 40 public schools across Achham, Bajura, Kalikot, and Mugu Districts.