Pacific Indicators for Disability Inclusive Education (Pacific INDIE) project
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.
- Associate Professor Umesh Sharma (Project Leader)
- Professor Joanne Deppeler
- Professor Chris Forlin
- Professor Roger Slee
- Ms. Beth Sprunt
- Ms. Sally Baker
April 2013 – March 2014
- Systematic Literature
- Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
- Development of Draft Indicators
March 2014 – October 2014
- Regional Workshop in Fiji
- International Review Panel
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,
- 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.
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.
Key principles underpinning the project
Collaborative and rigorous approach to developing indicators which measure what Pacific Islanders value as authentic and relevant disability-inclusive 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’.
Nothing about us without us. The active involvement and contribution of people with a disability and Pacific stakeholders is critical.
A research collaboration between: