skip to primary navigation skip to content

Developing inclusive school systems in Bangladesh

A smiling student in class at Azimpur Government Primary School. Dhaka, Bangladesh

Developing inclusive school systems in Bangladesh

Project summary

This project, undertaken by the Cambridge Network for Disability and Education Research (CaNDER), aims to understand the impact of inclusive education for children with disabilities in Bangladesh. It will gather evidence on how to successfully develop inclusive school systems in a low-middle income country. Specifically, it will assess:

  • the impact of an inclusive whole school intervention on academic and psychosocial outcomes for all children and specifically those with moderate to severe disabilities;
  • the impact of the intervention on teachers and parents’ perspectives, aspirations and practices, particularly for children with moderate/severe disabilities;
  • school and community-based factors supporting or hindering access, retention and learning of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a specific focus on those with moderate/severe disabilities, in mainstream schools;
  • equitability and cost-effectiveness of the intervention Bangladesh Inclusive Education Evaluation.

Research team

Principal Investigator: Professor Nidhi Singal

Co-investigators: Professor Ricardo Sabates

Research partners: BRAC University Institute of Governance and Development


January 2021 – November 2023



Programme for Evidence to Inform Disability Action (PENDA)