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Asian Development Bank to give US$1 million to support inclusive education in Kyrgyzstan.

The Asian Development Bank will give US$1 million for the pilot project aimed to support inclusive education for children with special needs, Deputy Education Minister Umutkan Tynalieva told reporters today.The Deputy Education Minister said the country has special boarding schools, but lacks conditions for children with special needs to attend regular schools. "The given pilot project envisages special arrangements and devices (ramps and wheelchairs) for children with special needs at 38 pilot schools, as well as training for teachers and parents, purchase of textbooks and methodological aids," she said.The project will last until 2013 and will cover 3.5 thousand children with disabilities for this period. "Such children should be integrated into the society and should not experience discrimination," the Deputy Education Minister said.MP Gulnara Derbisheva in turn said that Kyrgyzstan should sign the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which will create all necessary conditions for children with special needs. According to the lawmaker, there are more than 20 thousand children with special needs in Kyrgyzstan.

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