Promoting quality education for all.

The Story

It is estimated that there are 93 million children with disabilities around the world. Youth with disabilities are marginalized and are often not given the chance to be contributing members of society.

Children with disabilities are less likely to go to school and later in life 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. 

As it stands, only 51 percent of boys and 42 percent of girls with disabilities complete primary school as compared to 61 percent and 51 percent for boys and girls without disabilities. (UNICEF, State of the World's Children 2013)

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 are children with disabilities excluded from classrooms but also migratory populations and communities that speak a different language than that of the country they live in; all of these groups have to be included.

DPO Best Practices and Learning Guide, Light for the World 2019

Costing Equity, International Disabilty and Development Consortium 2016

USAID Policies and Programming for Inclusion Education,  Global Campaign for Education-US 2015

Equal Right, Equal Opportunity, Global Campaign for Education 2014