Impact story

Research on Children with Disabilities Influences Education Policy in Pakistan

Cover photo: Punjab, Pakistan. A pupil practices her English at a government primary school in the remote Panchkasi village.
© Zackary Canepari/Panos Pictures.
Children who face multiple disadvantages including those related to disability are among those least likely to be learning. Using large-scale household data together with qualitative data from classrooms in rural Pakistan, researchers from the University of Cambridge, UK and the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS), Pakistan have gained a picture of how many children with disabilities attend school, and what factors affect their learning. This research is shaping key policy debates on education, inclusion and disability. 

Focus projects: 

Pupils attending deaf school in Sri Lanka
The research delivers an in-depth understanding of the problems that teachers face supporting students from diverse backgrounds, the teaching practices they adopt, and the kinds of support they need to help all children fulfill their learning potential.