The Training and Scholarship Programme

The Women’s Council supports two regional training courses.  One uses English medium, is of three months duration and is organised in Mumbai by ADAPT*.  The other is a Pan Arab course, in Arabic, organised by the SETI* Centre in different Middle Eastern countries and lasting one month.  Both courses have a strong practical element and aim to advance the training of leaders, planners, trainers and workers from community disability programmes.  A further aim is to promote the inclusion of disabled children and their families in mainstream education and all other opportunities available in their communities.

The Women’s Council funds the training element and provides extra help in the form of scholarships to cover the residential costs and contributions towards the fares of eligible women who would not otherwise be able to participate.  It is known that while women play a key and sustained role in development, they often have difficulty in finding funding to attend courses.

Who is eligible?

Leaders, Planners, Trainers and key workers in Community Disability Programmes and others working with disabled people in Asia, including Asia Pacific and The Middle East. Participants are selected by the accredited training partners for their capacity to share, pass on and use the training to benefit disabled children.

What does it cost?

The costs vary but £1,500 would secure a place for one of the most underprivileged applicants to attend.

Where are they held?

Currently under the auspices of ADAPT* in Mumbai and in different centres in the Middle East, under the auspices of the SETI* Organisation.

Where do the students come from?

From the Council's 26 member countries (see HOME page) and any other countries in Asia including The Middle East and Asia Pacific. Recent participants have come from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tonga and Vietnam, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria.

The Women's Council works in Partnership with:


(Able Disabled All People Together), formerly known as The Spastics Society of India, is the largest NGO working with the disabled in India. It provides a range of services for disabled people and other marginalised groups and organises a variety of local and national training courses for disabled people and those working with them. Its only regional course, “Community Initiatives in Inclusion”, held annually in Mumbai, is supported by The Women’s Council.


(Support to Education and Training in Inclusion) provides a range of services for disabled children and their families in disadvantaged communities in Egypt, where it is based, and a variety of training courses for people working with disability services in the Middle East. Its Pan Arab Course for Planners and Managers of Community Rehabilitation Services is supported by The Women’s Council, as was a special Training of Trainers Course in 2008.

And in co-operation with colleagues at:

The Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre and the The Institute for Global Health both at University College London.

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