IDDC and partners have launched a global campaign calling on leaders to take urgent action on inclusive education at the upcoming Transforming Education Summit.
The campaign, #DoYourHomework, asks leaders and education ministers attending the UN summit from 16-19 September to transform education and ensure that 240 million children worldwide with disabilities are not forgotten.
Globally, progress is falling behind on achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 –inclusive and equitable education for all. Nearly 49% of children with disabilities worldwide are likely to have never attended school, and if they do, they are less likely to succeed than their peers.
“Before the pandemic children with disabilities were already among the most excluded from learning with nearly 49% worldwide likely to never have attended school. The shift to remote learning has meant even less access for many and had devastating impacts in terms of the additional benefit of being in a school environment. This is why we have come to together to insist that children with disabilities must be included in the pandemic recovery plans and long term vision for education.”
Dominic Haslam, Chair of IDDC
“The SDG’s promised to ‘leave no-one behind’, yet that is exactly what is in danger of happening. The impacts of Covid and lack of access to technology required for remote learning have exacerbated the situation. We now have a critical opportunity to better understand the changes and investments needed to build transformative inclusive education systems.”
Takyiwa Danso, Sightsavers Inclusive Education Policy Officer
The #DoYourHomework campaign asks leaders to deliver on six pieces of ‘homework’ to ensure more inclusive education systems:
- Sociology homework: Include children with disabilities in mainstream education and collect data that includes everyone
- Economic homework: Invest in inclusive training, so that teachers can respond to diverse learning needs and develop flexible curriculums for all children
- Politics homework: Implement policies, plans and budgets to include and support children with disabilities
- Computing homework: Tackle the digital divide and ensure digital learning and other education technologies are accessible for all
- Maths homework: Allocate sustainable financing for inclusive education so that all children with disabilities can learn
- Design homework: Involve people with disabilities in all stages of inclusive education design and make sure their voices are heard
Get involved and add your voice to the campaign by using our social media toolkit to call on our leaders to act now, so that 240 million children with disabilities around the world can access education.
The Transforming Education Summit will be held at the United Nations in New York from 16-19 September.