3 December 2013: Children with disabilities are being denied their right to an education across the developing world, reveals a new Plan report, launched on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December.
The groundbreaking report, Include us! was produced in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and is based upon Plan’s dataset of 1.4 million sponsored children.
It compares sponsored children with a disability to sponsored children without, from 30 countries throughout Africa, Latin America and Asia.
The unique research found that the likelihood of children with disabilities not attending school is often over 10 times greater - with disabled boys and girls in Kenya the least likely to go to school.
From the analysis, it appears that children are being excluded as a result of their disability, rather than lack of access to education in general. This is particularly prevalent in Egypt, where 80% of children with disabilities cited this as a reason for not attending school.
The research also found that when children with disabilities do attend school, their level of schooling is below that of their peers.
Children with disabilities are also much more likely to have had a serious illness in the last 12 months, including malaria and malnutrition.
Read the report, Include us!