Children with disabilities are 2.5 times more likely to never go to school, as revealed in the Global Education Monitoring Report: Inclusion and Education (UNESCO 2020). Later in life, they are more likely to experience poverty. The inclusive education approach ensures that students with disabilities are given the opportunity to attend school with their peers in a supportive environment with resources and trained teachers.
While primary completion rates have improved for all children, they have risen more slowly for children with disabilities, widening gaps for boys with disabilities to 17.6 points below their peers, and for girls 15.4 points below their peers, according to the The Price of Exclusion: Disability and Education (World Bank 2017).
The perception of children with disabilities is also very important to change. Often, they are considered unable to learn, even with aid, and are kept out of school.
Not only children with disabilities, but also migratory populations and communities that speak a different language than that of the country they live in, are excluded from classrooms; all of these groups have to be included.
Inclusive Education and Early Childhood Community of Practice
GCE-US and Light for the World have created a partnership to establish a Community of Practice (CoP). The CoP focuses on knowledge sharing and advocacy for funding of disability inclusive education and early childhood. The CoP meets bi-monthly, with guest speakers presenting to the community regarding topics related to inclusive education and early childhood – especially for children with disabilities. If you are interested in joining the CoP please see here.
Leave No Child Behind: Invest in the Early Years Report Summary, Light for the World, Open Society Foundations, International Disability and Development Consortium, Early Childhood Development Action Network, Global Campaign for Education, and Global Campaign for Education-US, 2019.
IDA Inclusive Education Global Report: What an Inclusive Equitable, Quality Education Means to Us, International Disability Alliance, DFID, 2020
The Bedrock of Inclusion report, NORAD, ActionAid, Education International, Light for the World, 2020
USAID Policies and Programming for Inclusion Education, Global Campaign for Education-US 2015
Equal Right, Equal Opportunity, Global Campaign for Education, 2014