The World programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons and the standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Disability envisages a need for relevant data base for disability sector to be used in the development and implementation of appropriate policy and programmes and their monitoring and evaluation for the education and employment of persons with disabilities. the Ministry of Gender, Family Development and Social security, Maldives has taken the initiative to fulfill the government`s obligation under the said Programme of Action and Standard rules and government policies to protect the rights of disabled people and to establish a national system to provide assistance to people with disabilities in 2003. This time UNICEF wanted care society to take up a sample survey of school-age disabled children in the Island of K. Villinglli to study the status of disables children with a view to know their needs and problems and ultimately to mainstream them in the existing general education System.
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