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NGOs call on governments and donors to prioritise schooling for children with disabilities

On Thursday 27th April 2017, more than 40 international and national non-profit organisations launched a ‘Call to Action to Invest in Disability-Inclusive Education’. The joint call highlights the shocking fact that more than 32 million children with disabilities in developing countries are estimated to be out of school.

The initiative is being led by the Inclusive Education Task Group of the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) as part of the #CostingEquity campaign to galvanise global support for increased financing to realise the right to inclusive education for girls and boys with disabilities.

In the joint statement led by IDDC, the world’s leading NGOs working in disability and education in low and middle income countries, including CBM, Handicap International, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Light for the World, Plan Internaitonal, Sightsavers, together with the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and others, call on governments and donors to significantly step up action to deliver on the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals to ensure quality education for all children, by investing in inclusive education for boys and girls with disabilities. They also commit to making education for children with disabilities in developing countries a top priority, advocating for better donor financing for inclusive education.  

The call to action follows the recent #CostingEquity report by the IDDC, which was led by Light for the World and supported by Open Society Foundations and other international NGOs, which highlights some of the poor government and donor practices that need to change and provides solid arguments of why disability inclusive education is a wise and worthy investment.

Call to Action – How to sign up and get involved

Download the Call to Action to Invest in Disability-Inclusive Education

For more information on how to get involved, please contact Nafisa Baboo (n.baboo@light-for-the-world), Co-Coordinator of the IDDC Inclusive Education Task Group

243 Signatories to date

Last updated 22/05/2018 (more information on Light for the World website)