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Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Education and Training in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Vietnam held a conference to gather feedback on a draft circular on integration education for people with disabilities.

Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thi Nghia said that on May 22, 2006, the ministry issued Decision 23/2006/QD-BGDDT on integration education for handicapped people.

So far, the National Assembly and Government have approved many relevant legal documents and projects, including the Law on Persons with Disabilities and a project to support people with disabilities in the 2012-2020 period. The NA also ratified the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2014, she added.

The circular aims to replace the Decision in order to suit the Law on Persons with Disabilities and other guiding documents.

Commenting on outcomes of integration education for people with disabilities in Vietnam, Julie Keane, chief representative of the CRS Vietnam, recognised the country’s considerable achievements in promoting the rights of the disabled as well as the growth of networks for handicapped people and their parents.

She held that the draft circular has many new contents, including regulations on capacity of lecturers and teachers at education facilities and tools on integration education.

Keane suggested that the ministry consider some requirements related to support the system on integration education for the disabled such as assistants for teachers and information technology for studying and teaching activities.

The document aims to promote the rights to high quality education suitable to their conditions and capacity, ensuring their opportunities to develop their skills and ability to integrate into society.

It details regulations on education for the disabled, including the organisation of education for people with disability, tasks and capacity of teachers, the obligation and rights of the disabled, and the coordination between education facilities, families and the society in the work.

After being completed and issued, the circular will be applicable to all education levels from pre-school to tertiary education, as well as at teacher training facilities, support centre for integration education, and organisations and individuals supplying integration education services for the disabled.-VNA