Inclusion is better for everyone but children with disabilities are 6 times more likely to be out of school
New data shows that shows that children with disabilities are six times less likely to be in school than children without disabilities.
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.
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.
“Gender equality and quality education for all cannot be achieved without making schools and educational institutions inclusive.”
Laxmi shares her thoughts on the next steps to building an inclusive, quality and gender transformative education system.
Plan International is committed to ensuring that every child completes a quality, inclusive education without discrimination or exclusion.
In the last 5 years, our inclusive education programme has supported children with disabilities in 40 countries. We help children with disabilities access primary and secondary schools that meet their needs. We also provide specialised physiotherapy and rehabilitation, and skills training to help children get good jobs or create their own businesses.
Racheal’s activism has led her all the way to the Human Rights Council to represent girls with disabilities and give them a political voice.