Equity and Inclusion in Education for Children with Disabilities

Americas, Events, News, June 11 2018

NEW YORK, USA: Right to education is one of the most important rights for persons with disabilities since it directly impacts the enjoyment of all other rights which the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) protects. Article 24 of the CRPD safeguards the right of children with disabilities to equitable quality education, highlighting inclusive education as central to achieving high-quality education for all learners, including those with disabilities. The vision of all children learning is upheld in the Sustainable Development Goal 4, whereby member states have committed to transforming education systems to focus on the most disadvantaged, especially those with disabilities.

While important progress has been made, there is a gap in the ideal and the reality of implementation of inclusive education. Children with disabilities continue to be the largest group of children excluded or disadvantaged at all levels of education.  In some countries, education mechanisms for children with disabilities are still under development and are of poor quality. As the global community gears up for the review of SDG 4 later in 2019, particular attention needs to be paid to not only addressing inequalities related to access and participation but also to learning processes, support and outcomes.

The side event panel on Equity and Inclusion in education for children with disabilities will invite discussion around supporting effective solutions at global and country level to promote the inclusion of children with disabilities and increase education participation, achievement and learning. Issues to be discussed include-

  • Policy analysis and data gaps in education regarding access and learning
  • Operationalizing inclusive education- Gaps in service delivery
  • Effective approaches and interventions to promote and support learning outcomes for children with disabilities
  • Teacher support- teaching and learning materials

Leonard Cheshire Disability will share insights from policy analysis and interventions focused on promoting learning outcomes for children with disabilities. UNICEF will make the case of urgent need to bridge the service delivery gap, USAID will present the guide on Gender Equality and Inclusiveness in Teaching and Learning Materials while DfID will share information about the Disability Summit, Statement of Action on Inclusive Education as well as information regarding the Inclusive Education Partnership.

Under the overarching theme of “leaving no one behind through the full implementation of CRPD,” the event will be an excellent opportunity to highlight programs and developments which are ensuring that all children with disabilities are included in education and systems are being made inclusive to ensure that no child is left behind truly.

This event will take place on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018, from 10- 11:30 am at United Nations, New York, Conference Room No. CR C



  • Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, World Bank Group


  • Otiko Afisah Djaba- Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Government of Ghana
  • Ian Attfield, Disability Advisor, Department for International Development, UK
  • Ola Abu Alghaib, Deputy Director, Leonard Cheshire Disability
  • Mark Waltham, Senior Advisor, UNICEF
  • Kakali Banik, Senior Education Advisor, Bureau for Africa, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
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Source: World Bank

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