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 Document

Download the Call to Action in accessible PDF format

For more information

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.

Overview of signatories to date (last updated 16 June 2016):
  • AbleChildAfrica
  • Action to the Community Development Center (ACDC)
  • Addis Development Vision (ADV)
  • ADD International
  • ADPP
  • Amigos de los niños excepcionales Tarija (ANET)
  • Asociación Cruceña de Ayuda al Impedido (ACAI)
  • Ayninakuna
  • Blind People's Association India
  • Bridge of Hope
  • CAB
  • Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS)
  • Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI)
  • CBM International
  • Cheshire Disability Services Kenya (CDSK)
  • Cheshire Services Ethiopia
  • ChildHope
  • Children in Crisis
  • CHIP
  • Coalition nationale pour l’éducation pour tous Burkina Faso (CNEPTBF)
  • Community Services Programm (CSP)
  • Confédération des organisations des personnes handicapées de Côte d'Ivoire (COPHCI)
  • CSP Pakistan
  • Cydler
  • Deaf Child Worldwide
  • Direct Focus Community Aid (DFCAID)
  • Disability Partnership Finland / Vammaiskumppanuus
  • Disabled People's Organizations Denmark (DPOD)
  • Disabled Rehabilitation & Research Association (DRRA)
  • Douleurs Sans Frontières  
  • DUGA
  • Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development (DCDD)
  • Enabling Education Network (EENET)
  • Secrétariat national de l’enseignement catholique Burkina Faso
  • Edukans
  • Fundades
  • Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)
  • Fracarita International
  • Global Campaign for Education
  • Global Campaign for Education - US
  • Handicap International
  • Inclusion International
  • Instituto de Educación y Prevención para la Sordera - Beni
  • Instituto de Investigaciones Médico Sociales
  • International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)
  • International Disability Alliance (IDA)
  • International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)
  • International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF)
  • Islamic Relief Worldwide
  • Jan Vikas Samiti
  • Leonard Cheshire Disability
  • Light for the World
  • Liliane Fonds
  • Lumos
  • Medical Committee Netherlands-Vietnam (MCNV)
  • Motivation
  • Movimento de educação para todos (MEPT)
  • Mundo Inclusivo
  • MyRight International
  • Netherlands Leprosy Relief (NLR) Mekong
  • Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO
  • One Family People
  • Organisation catholique pour le développement et la solidarité (OCADES)
  • Organisation Nationale des Parents pour Handicapés Auditifs de Côte d'Ivoire (ONPHA-CI)
  • Pastoral Social Cáritas La Paz
  • PIAP
  • PLAN International
  • Presbyterian Community Rehabilitation Services (PCRS) Kumba
  • Rede de Campagne de Guinea Bissau (RECEPT-GB)
  • RED RBC Bolivia
  • RED regional por la educación inclusiva (RREI)
  • Rede Nacional da Campanha de Educação Para Todos de Cabo Verde (RNCEPT)
  • Royal Dutch Kentalis
  • Save the Children
  • Secours Islamique France
  • Sense International
  • Seto Gurans Child Development Service
  • Sightsavers
  • Strømme Foundation
  • SWEB Foundation
  • The Atlas Alliance
  • Uhambo Foundation
  • World of Inclusion

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