Author's School

Brown School

Author's Department

Social Work

Document Type

Journal Article

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Trani, J. F., Bakhshi, P., Nandipati, A.(2012). 'Delivering' education; maintaining inequality. The case of children with disabilities in Afghanistan, Cambridge Journal of Education, 42(3): 345-366.


Education for children with disabilities in Afghanistan, particularly disabled girls, continues to lag behind despite laudable efforts of the Ministry of Education to promote universal access for all. The opportunity for education constitutes not just a means of achieving learning outcomes but also a space for social interaction, individual development and psychosocial support, which are paramount in Conflict Affected Fragile States (CAFS). However, many persisting barriers still need to be overcome in Afghanistan to allow education for all and change negative attitudes towards education of children with disabilities. In this paper we argue that viewing education as a basic commodity, which is the widespread practice in CAFS, is not conducive to expanding human freedoms and capabilities. More specifically, through analyses of a national survey, we demonstrate that despite considerable resources, increasing access to education in Afghanistan has maintained processes of marginalization of the already excluded.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor& Francis in Cambridge Journal of Education on 09/03/2012, available online: