Friday, November 02, 2007

26 million disabled children in the developing world denied education

Disabled children make up a third of the 77 million children worldwide who are excluded from education – equivalent to twice the number of children living in the UK. This is the shocking conclusion of a new report published by development agency World Vision.

The report, entitled ‘Education’s Missing Millions…’, launched at the World Bank’s Civil Society Policy forum in Washington on 20 October says the international community is failing to ensure disabled children are included in efforts to provide universal primary education to all children by 2015.

World Vision and the Global Partnership for Disability and Development are urging governments to ensure quality education is accessible to the 26 million primary school aged disabled children currently out of school in developing countries and to commit to changes to the Education for All Fast Track Initiative (FTI) in order to achieve this.