The Inclusive Education Initiative (IEI) is a Multi Donor Trust Fund which aims to improve the educational participation and learning outcomes of children with disabilities.
To achieve this, the IEI focuses on: (1) enhancing stakeholder capacity and service delivery at the country level; (2) improving coordination, collaboration and knowledge sharing; and (3) investing in innovative interventions through three funding windows.
Invest in systems strengthening for inclusive education in countries of focus: Nepal, Rwanda, and Ethiopia.
Global Public Goods
Support partners to develop research, evidence and resources to operationalize inclusive education.
Upcoming call for proposal for grants to test and scale innovative interventions that address complex challenges.
This window invests in resources for interventions in Nepal, Rwanda and Ethiopia for systems strengthening to support educational achievement of students with disabilities. The country-based financing ensures attention to both supply and demand side of the educational ecosystem.
Allocation of USD 1.93 Million to conduct comprehensive mapping and review of resource classrooms and assessment centers, along with strengthen Education Management Information System (EMIS), technical assistance, and targeted capacity building.
Allocation of USD 1.90 Million towards streamlining teacher recruitment and deployment, technical assistance to strengthen disability inclusion in ongoing projects, data collection and management, and innovation grants to Disabled People Organizations.
Allocation of USD 2.0 Million to enhance quality of services under Inclusive Education Resource Centers (IERCs), strengthening Education Management Information System (EMIS), screening and development of inclusive pre-primary program.
Global Public Goods
The IEI is supporting partners to develop research, evidence and resources to implement inclusive education. The IEI will also collate, disseminate, and coordinate evidence and resources to provide a quality assured global knowledge hub and a community of practice on inclusive education.
Community of Practice (COP) and Knowledge Portal
This COP and knowledge portal support global and regional communities on the multifaceted components of an inclusive education system. It will also identify knowledge gaps and build a dedicated knowledge hub that will serve as a repository, networking resource, and source of new partnerships.
Measuring inclusive teaching practices - TEACH
TEACH captures the quality of teaching practices in primary school classrooms. The IEI is funding efforts to ensure the tool is utilized to capture the use of inclusive teaching practices in the classroom. This will allow education systems to consider what additional support teachers need to provide quality learning experiences for all students, including for learners with disabilities.
UNICEF-IEI Data on Disability Inclusive Education Project
This work will address key barriers and bottlenecks in disability data collection, analysis and management. Global goods will include Global Report on Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) analysis, training on data analysis on Child Functioning Module (CFM), incorporating the CFM into Education Management Information System (EMIS) & school-based surveys and the Inclusive Education Household Survey module rollout.
Technical Deep Dives and Landscape Reviews
This technical work will produce knowledge and understanding on key barriers, solutions and opportunities for inclusive education for children with disabilities in low-and middle-income countries. The IEI is commissioning technical deep dives and reviews on:(1) digital technologies for disability-inclusive education; (2) childhood disability screening and identification; (3) models on inclusive education, and (4) South Asia-Africa Research Exchange.