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.

Bank details

Women’s Council
Sort Code: 60-23-34
A/C No: 32913125

The Women’s Council works in Partnership with:


Able Disabled All People Together is the first school in India for children with disabilities. It provides inclusive education, skills training and a continuum of support services for children and young adults with disability. In 2000, following a two year period of development and in partnership with the Centre for International Health and Development UK, the first Regional Community Initiatives in Inclusion (CII) Course opened to participants from Asia, Asia Pacific and The Middle East. Conducted in the English medium it lasts 14 weeks. By 2020 approximately 350 trainers, doctors, social workers and other professionals had attended a Course and Hubs established in Tajikistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Nagaland and also the Tibetan Community in India. Between 75 and 80% remain in touch with ADAPT.

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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 (CBR) is supported by The Women’s Council, as was a special Training of Trainers Course in 2008. The CBR Course, which was held in various countries in The Middle East, was halted as a result of hostilities in the area, but in 2018 it was possible to hold a short Workshop in Jordan. This proved so popular that it was repeated as part of a longer two-part Course in 2019, held in Cairo.

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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Mumbai CII Course Pictures

Participants at work

Seti Course Image