Leonard Cheshire Development Centre

Inclusive Education: PNG


Principal Investigator: Dr Maria Kett, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, UCL

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) under the Australian Development Research Award Scheme

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This research will review educational approaches for children with disabilities in Papua New Guinea and analyse how this right to education is upheld. The government supports improved access to inclusive education, but challenges remain, and to date there is little evaluation of the effectiveness of work by government or other service providers. This research, a partnership between UK and Papua New Guinea researchers, government ministry and service providers, will support existing structures to monitor and evaluate current educational approaches, and provide figures on numbers of children with disabilities currently enrolled in mainstream schools - information currently unavailable.

Project Partners

  • University of Goroka
  • National Department of Education, Special Education Division
  • Cheshire Disability Services
  • Papua New Guinea Education Institute 


The project was launched on the 21st August 2013 in Port Moresby. The meeting was attended by approximately 40 representatives from a range of organisations, including national disabled people's organisations, non-governmental organisations, donor organisations and project partners.

The Welcome Address was given by Justice Stephen Kassman, Chairman, Cheshire Disability Services PNG. The Vice Chancellor of the University of Goroka, Dr Gairo Onagi, also made a presentation. 

On behalf of the research team, Dr Maria Kett then presented the research. 

Launch presentation [link]


The project received press coverage in two local newspapers, the Southern News [link] and the National Paper. A local television station also has a report about the project.

Research Brief: Reviewing approaches to education services for children with disabilities in Papua New Guinea. [link: Research brief]

Policy Brief: Reviewing approaches to education services for disabled children in Papua New Guinea. [link: Policy brief]

Summary of findings: Reviewing approaches to education for children with disabilities in Papua New Guinea. [link: Summary of findings]