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HRW condemns the exclusion of persons with disabilities in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal – Disabled children in Nepal are facing various obstacles and restrictive access to basic education, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Wednesday.

The schools are physically inaccessible, teachers are poorly trained, and some children with disabilities are unfairly denied admission to neighborhood schools, the organization has found New York-human rights.

The 76-page report documents the barriers that disabled children face in obtaining quality education in Nepal. Some disabled children are abused and neglected at home and in their communities, so they make it more difficult access to schooling. These obstacles lead to low attendance rates and high dropout of disabled children compared to their non-disabled peers.

HRW said that the education system of Nepal needs to provide a proper education and quality to all children, including children with disabilities.

The report by Human Rights Watch is based on interviews with hundreds of advocates for the disabled, teachers, government officials, and children or young people with disabilities and their families.

Numbers of disabled children were totally repressed schools, noted Human Rights Watch. More than half of families with disabled children interviewed by Human Rights Watch reported that their children were denied admission to schools, both public and private. Many parents were unaware that their children had the right to go to school.

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