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Film Screening of "Chuskit" and Panel Discussion on the Importance of Disability Inclusion and Inclusive Education

December 4, 2019

World Bank Preston Auditorium, Washington, DC


Join us for the inspiring story and engaging film “Chuskit” highlighting the importance of disability inclusion and inclusive education to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The film has received awards at festivals in Giffoni (Amnesty International Award), Mumbai (Golden Gateway for Best Feature 5-9 years) and Minneapolis (Youth Jury Award) as well as Seattle, Miami, and Seoul.

It is based on a true story. Young Chuskit has a very simple dream – to go to school. Her dream is cut short when she is rendered a paraplegic after an accident. She’s confined to life indoors in the company of her strict grandfather, who tries to make her understand that school can’t handle her needs. As life at home gets harder, her battle with her grandfather intensifies. Caught between their struggle are Chuskit’s parents and her enterprising brother who want to respect the old-world views, but also want to keep Chuskit’s spirit alive.

The film describes Chuskit’s fascination with school from a young age, the challenges she faces with her disability, and her determination to overcome these infrastructure, societal, and general challenges that inhibit her from attending the village school on the other side of the river.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the challenges individuals with disabilities and their communities face every day, the interlinkages of development issues, and the potential solutions and innovative ideas for building a more inclusive, resilient, and prosperous future, in which access to education and the opportunity to participate and learn must be ensured for all.

  • Opening remarks:

    Annette Dixon, World Bank Vice President for Human Development


    Priya Ramasubban is a reputed Indian filmmaker who has traveled the world for over fifteen years making films for National Geographic, Discovery, History Channel and other international broadcasters. Chuskit, her first feature film, is based on a true story of a little girl in Ladakh, a Himalayan region of India.
    Claudia Gordon was one of former President Barack Obama's key advisors for disability issues and the first deaf black woman attorney in the United States to graduate law school and pursue a career devoted to helping individuals with disabilities.
    ImageVictoria Ibiwoye, Director of OneAfricanChild Foundation for Creative Learning, a youth-led NGO addressing the inequality in education for low-income community children in Nigeria. In 2017 and 2018, Victoria, who struggled with dyslexia at a young age, was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans by the African Youth Awards.
    ImageCharlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor and Lead Social Specialist at the World Bank


    Sponsored by the Inclusive Education Thematic Group, of the World Bank’s Education Global Practice, in collaboration with Global Partnership for Education, World Bank’s South Asia Region, and Social Development Global Practice