Globally, there are 150 million children living with disabilities. They are often denied an education because they are the most vulnerable and excluded people in their communities.
Children with disabilities are 10 times less likely to attend school than those without. Even if they attend school, they are more likely to drop out early while the level of schooling they receive is frequently below that of their peers.
Children with disabilities are often unable to go to school because of unsuitable school buildings. In addition, there is a limited understanding within their communities and among teachers about their learning needs, which is often fuelled by prejudices around disability.
HOW ARE GIRLS AFFECTED?
Girls with disabilities experience greater exclusion and injustices as a result of their disability and gender.
They are less likely to go to school and are often considered a burden on the family because they are seen as a non-productive member of society.
Providing these girls with an education that meets their needs can play a fundamental role in addressing the root causes of the discrimination they face.
Tot, 18, from Cambodia was born with one arm. With support from Plan International she was able to stay in school. Now she teaches English to younger children in her community and hopes to go to university. “I love teaching English,” she says. “I’m much more confident.”
HOW IS PLAN INTERNATIONAL SUPPORTING CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES?
SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS
Girls with disabilities are kept in the dark about their sexual and reproductive health and often don’t know how to protect themselves against abuse, pregnancy and disease. Our report Let me Decide and Thrive highlights the perfect storm of discrimination faced by girls with disabilities, which leaves many of them totally unaware of their rights.