Invitation to Focus Group discussion on Compulsory Education for Children with Disabilities

Dear all,

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed on 3 December 2009. We at MARUAH (Singapore Working Group for ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism) are keen to build on the efforts by many actors who have been advocating on behalf of children with disabilities. In that context we would like to to invite you to attend a Focus Group discussion on Compulsory Education for Children with Disabilities in Singapore.

Day/ Date: Sat 28 Nov Time: 1.30 – 3.30pm
Venue: Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO),
96 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187967 (near Singapore Art Museum)
[This happens right before MARUAH’s Open House]

Under Singapore’s current Compulsory Education Act (2003), ‘any  child who is unable to attend any national primary school due to any physical or intellectual disability’ is excluded from education act…

At this stage, we hope to garner support for children with physical disabilities to be included in Singapore’s Compulsory Education Act. This is also in line with the Convention on the Rights of Children, which Singapore is a signatory party. We also hope to gather comments and feedback on special education in Singapore.

Facilitator: Ms Braema MathiAgenda for the Focus Group discussion:

1. Presentation of MARUAH’s paper on Compulsory Education for Children with Disabilities
2. Feedback from the participants on the paper
3. Any other issues or concerns of the participants

We are looking for the following Focus Group participants:

a) Any individuals with disabilities (physical and/or intellectual)
b) Parents of children with disabilities (physical and/or intellectual)
c) Educators of children with disabilities
d) Educators of non-disabled children
e) Members of VWOs focused on individuals with disabilities
f) Any other concerned individuals with experience in this area

If you are in one of the above categories and are able to make it for this Focus Group discussion, please send an email to Lisa Li ( ) with your Name, Handphone number, and which category you are in (please provide details).

Your feedback and discussion would be really helpful to further our understanding of this issue, so that we can best represent your views.

Looking forward to a fruitful and meaningful discussion on 28 November


The MARUAH team

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