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29 March 2017

#CostingEquity: Invest in Inclusive Education!

New report calls for changes to government and donor practice

A report launched at the United Nations finds that millions of children with disabilities are being left out of school because little to no money is being budgeted for their needs.

#CostingEquity; The case for disability-responsive education financing highlights the issue as a major challenge standing in the way of success for the Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all by 2030. The research was produced by the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)—supported by Light for the World, Open Society Foundations and several other leading disability rights and development organisations—who are calling on both governments and donors to urgently take action.

#CostingEquity strongly recommends inclusive education as the best method for governments and donors alike to reach children with disabilities: that is, quality learning opportunities for the vast majority of children within a mainstream system.

Inclusive education delivers where segregation fails

Light for the World supports children with disabilities in more than 20 Inclusive Education programmes. These programmes demonstrate the potential of inclusive education, even in remote and economically underprivileged regions and communities. In our target region of Garango, Burkina Faso, the percentage of children with a disability attending school has risen dramatically since our local inclusive education programme was launched: from 5 % in 2009 to over 60 % today.

Despite evidence of the significant benefits of inclusive education, particularly during early childhood development, most governments and external financers are not paying heed; too often ring-fencing small allocations for special education, or forgetting children with disabilities altogether. The report finds a persistent failure to invest in system-wide reform.

Download the report here.

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