PHRD is a geographically large rural school district of approximately 4000 students in Alberta, Canada.
PHRD has a stated commitment to inclusion, which is one of the reasons it was chosen as the jurisdiction to participate in this study.
PHRD, clearly, is also committed to 'action' with respect to inclusive education, and it is this commitment that motivated their participation in this study.
The objective of this study is to identify broad themes in the views of students in Grade 3-6 in the PHRD relative to inclusive education in the district, and to examine demographic variables related to these themes.
The instrument was finalized after a rigorous evaluation for clarity, and relevance of terminology and concepts by Student Services staff and teachers in PHRD.
A total of 413 students completed the survey, representing approximately 33% of all students registered in PHRD (Grades 3 to Grade 6 inclusive) at the time of survey administration.
Overall, the news for the PHRD is good, with students responding in a positive manner to the SPIRC scale overall, and in very positive ways on some of the sub components.
Since NGOs and local associations will act as implementing agencies, an assessment of their capacity was undertaken under the PHRD to determine what types of capacity building would be required for these entities, whether organizational, administrative, financial or technical.
IDA's support to the NSP is leveraged by the ongoing portfolio, including the Second Health Sector Support project, the Education Sector Development project, the Transport project and the Mining project, the approved PHRD Grant for this project (in the amount of US$452,400), the Poverty Reduction Strategy process, and the allocation of HIPC resources.
The results of the institutional and organizational capacity assessment, carried out under the PHRD grant, indicate that sharing of information and lack of communication are major bottlenecks to implementation.
Pilot projects and testing scaling up of existing interventions, are presently being financed under the PPF and the PHRD grant.
A study on gender is being financed under the PHRD grant.