Although all children have the right to an education, 32 million children with disabilities are not enrolled in school. HI has launched a #school4all campaign to ensure schools are accessible to everyone. This is a priority for HI, which works in 31 countries to help 144,000 children receive an education.
Nearly 264 million children—among them 32 million with disabilities—worldwide do not enjoy the chance to go to school. When these children are denied the chance to learn, their rates of poverty increase, along with their likelihood to experience social exclusion, violence, and discrimination.
However, all children, including children with disabilities, has the right to an education.
“A lot of parents, members of the community or school assistants, often poorly informed about disability, have a negative attitude towards children with disabilities, due to fear, cultural traditions, and so on,” explains Sandra Boisseau, HI's inclusive education expert.
“What’s more, schools, which are sometimes far from home, are not always easily accessible, and school facilities are not sufficiently adapted. They lack ramps, adjusted toilets, light for visually impaired children, and more. Teachers often use teaching methods based on repetition, for instance, which are not always appropriate for children with disabilities. Finally, at a national and local political level, disability is all too often approached from a medical point of view, rather than being designed to include children in school and society.”
Since 2004, Humanity & Inclusion donors have been helping children with disabilities access school. Our teams implement projects in 31 countries in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Our goal is to advance the right to quality and inclusive education.
- develop practices to promote the inclusion of children with severe disabilities (deaf or blind children, children with intellectual impairments and the like) in schools by setting up a network of traveling teachers and transitional classes
- carry out awareness-raising and outreach activities to inform communities, parents, etc. on the importance of including children with disabilities in school
- develop teaching aids and educational methods adapted to children with hearing, visual, or intellectual impairments.
- make school facilities accessible to all children (ramps, toilets, etc.)
- advocate to education ministries to ensure that the issue of inclusive education for children with disabilities is better addressed
- participate in major national and international meetings related to the inclusion of people with disabilities