Equal Right: Equal Opportunity — Global Action Week on education and disability

6 May 2014

1 in 3 of the 57 million children who are out of school have a disability.

This week, people all around the world will be taking action to campaign for the right to education for children with disabilities, as part of the Global Campaign for Education’s Global Action Week on education and disability. We're one of the coalition partners involved in organising the campaign activities.

Our Young Voices campaigners from around the world will be joining in — visit their website to follow their activities over the next few days.

And you can get involved too — find out how.

Here’s just a few reasons why the campaign is so important:

  • In Malawi and Tanzania, a child with a disability is twice as likely to have never attended school as a child without a disability. In Burkina Faso, having a disability increases the risk of children being out of school by two and a half times.
  • In Bolivia it is estimated that 95% of the population aged 6 to 11 years are in school, while only 38% of children with disabilities are — more than doubling the chances of not being in school.
  • In Ethiopia, according to the Ministry of Education, fewer than 3% of children with disabilities have access to primary education, and access to schooling decreases rapidly as children move up the education ladder.
  • In Nepal, 85% of all children out of school are disabled.
  • Girls with disabilities fare even worse than boys. In Malawi one study showed that more girls with disabilities have never attended school compared to boys with disabilities. This translates into lower literacy rates as adults: for instance, national statistics in Ghana show that the literacy rate for non-disabled adults stands at 70%, which reduces to 56% for adults living with disabilities, and this drops to just 47% for women with disabilities.
  • Italy is the only European country in which almost all disabled pupils (over 99%) were included in mainstream schools.

Find out about our work on inclusive education.

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