Policy recommendations for inclusive education: advocacy pack

Why urgent action is needed to include children with disabilities in education

Education for children with disabilities is not only a fundamental human right, but essential for poverty alleviation and human development. People with disabilities constitute an estimated one in five of the world’s poorest. Exclusion from education is a significant factor in the high levels of poverty often experienced by people with disabilities and their families. Denying children with disabilities access to a quality education greatly constrains their opportunities to gain independence and skills. The caring responsibilities associated with disability can also prevent siblings and other family members from engaging in work or attending school.

Yet, with access to education, children with disabilities have the chance to become active and engaged citizens who can shape their own futures and claim their rights in employment, politics and other spheres.


Afsath, 10, visually impaired, sits with her friend on the school steps in India.

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“Grace gave me the courage to empower people with disabilities”

On International Women's Day, disability ambassador Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame remembers Grace Preko, her friend, sister and role model who showed her there was life after blindness.

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Seynabou’s story

One day Seynabou heard a visiting teacher talk about an inclusive school for children with disabilities, and she jumped at the chance to go.

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Khady’s story

“I met so many children with disabilities who were not going to school and there was no institution to welcome them. So I started fighting for that aim.”