Pacific Indicators for Disability Inclusive Education (Pacific INDIE) project

Project overview

This project aims to develop a set of contextually specific indicators for disability-inclusive education in the Pacific and guidelines for their implementation.

These indicators will assist countries to evaluate their efforts and develop further plans and targets for providing quality education for children and youth with disability.

Members of the Regional Workshop in Fiji, April, 2014. Members of the Regional Workshop in Fiji, April, 2014.


Phase 1

April 2013 – March 2014

  • Systematic Literature
  • Survey
  • Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
  • Development of Draft Indicators

Phase 2

March 2014 – October 2014

  • Regional Workshop in Fiji
  • International Review Panel

Phase 3

October 2014 – April 2016

  • Pilot Testing of indicators
  • Disability-Inclusive Education Indicators and Manual for their application
  • Launches of Pacific INDIE guidelines


The project builds capacity for the implementation of the disability-inclusive education indicators within:

  • Ministries of Education,
  • schools,
  • teacher training colleges,
  • non-government agencies and
  • disabled persons’ organisations.

It will also build skills within these organisations in critical analysis of data arising from the indicators.

Case countries

14 Pacific Island countries participated in the survey, and many provided support by identifying grey literature. Four case countries are further involved through qualitative data collection in Phase 1 and refining and testing the implementation of the indicators in subsequent phases.

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Key principles underpinning the project

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Collaborative and rigorous approach to developing indicators which measure what Pacific Islanders value as authentic and relevant disability-inclusive education.

Child and family
Both Child and family are surrounded and supported by: Ministries and policies, Schools and pedagogy, Communities, Role of special schools, and Teacher education

Disability-inclusive education is premised on systems changing to meet the diverse needs of learners and their families, rather than expecting the child or youth to ‘fit in’.

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Nothing about us without us. The active involvement and contribution of people with a disability and Pacific stakeholders is critical.

A research collaboration between:

Monash University | Pacific Disability Forum | Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat | Christian Blind Mission