UNESCO estimates that between 93 and 150 million children live with disabilities worldwide, and 90% of children with disabilities in the developing world are out of school. Furthermore, those who are enrolled in school often do not receive an education adapted to their specific needs. With that in mind, more efforts are needed to give children with disabilities equal rights to education, writes Eleni Papakosta in a recent blog for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).
Papakosta cited a recent report taking stock of progress made by GPE developing country partners in meeting the needs of children with disabilities. GPE reviewed the education sector plans of 51 countries, ad well as other related documents. The report also examined specific disability activities included in education sector programming (such as providing teacher training, developing or modifying curriculum, improving accessibility, and improving disability data collection). Papakosta concluded by noting that the report “highlights the need to step up support for disability and inclusive education to developing country partners.” Read the full blog here.