Category Archives: disability

The challenges of achieving inclusive education for people with disabilities in Nicaragua

By Indiana Fonseca y Katharina Pförtner, CBM CBM partners practicing Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBD) and Inclusive Education, working with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Education and representatives from Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs), were invited to present a background paper on education … Continue reading

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Millions of children with disabilities are missing out on education. Like me, they deserve to fulfill their potential

By Brina Maxino When I was 9 years old, a psychologist told my parents I had a low IQ because I was born with Down syndrome.  Seven years later, I graduated high school as class valedictorian. At the age of … Continue reading

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Recovery packages ignoring the disadvantaged won’t hold ground

By Stefania Giannini, Assistant-Director General for Education at UNESCO The arrival of COVID-19 has driven wedges of inequalities to breaking point in all corners of the earth. Already, before the arrival of the pandemic, Latin America and the Caribbean was … Continue reading

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Children with disabilities are still often excluded from education

Today, December 3rd, marks the annual celebration of persons with disabilities. It is a reminder of the importance of removing barriers to education for all people living with disability, both visible and invisible. As many readers will know, the latest … Continue reading

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Why laws and policies matter for inclusion

Laws and policies determine the framework for achieving inclusion in education. Hence the reason for launching the Profiles Enhancing Education Reviews website, PEER, which contains country profiles of laws and policies on areas specific to SDG 4, starting with inclusion. … Continue reading

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Rhetoric versus reality of Indian education policies for children with disabilities

By Vibhu Sharma, Research Consultant, Disability and Inclusion, Theirworld I was enthralled to read this year’s Global Education Monitoring Report, focusing on inclusion and education. Being, first, a person with disability, and, second, brought up in India, I had to … Continue reading

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Emerging from COVID-19 pandemic: A social inclusion approach to educating learners with disabilities

By Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, World Bank and Anna Cristina D’Addio, Senior Policy Analyst at the GEM Report The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic forced millions of children to stay at home and physically out of school. Despite planned … Continue reading

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Singing from the same song sheet – Growing momentum across the disability movement to adopt a comprehensive definition of inclusive education to achieve SDG 4  

By Ana Lucia Arellano, Chair, IDA and Manos Antoninis, Director, GEM Report Countries committed to achieve inclusive education by 2030 and yet almost a quarter of a billion are still out of school. Of these, children with disabilities are 2.5 … Continue reading

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The winning One Big Idea on inclusion and education submitted by youth

Back in May, the GEM Report asked youth around the world to submit their One Big Idea to achieve inclusion in education in the ten years left in the decade of action towards 2030 – the deadline for the Agenda for Sustainable Development. We received … Continue reading

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Three innovative responses to COVID-19 that have removed barriers to learning for the most marginalised

By Janet Lennox and Wongani Taulo Since COVID-19 burst onto the world stage, headlines have mounted about the millions of children suddenly out of school due to the closures during countries’ lockdowns. Lessons from earlier school closures, such as the … Continue reading

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