Inclusion International welcomes UNICEF’s 2015 Annual Report and its references to children with disabilities. Executive Director, Anthony Lake, explicitly noted that children, particularly children with disabilities are being “left out and left behind because of who they are or where they live.”
UNICEF’s efforts in 2015 recognized that children with disabilities are among those disproportionately denied their right to education and that their work on education promotes inclusive education and puts high priority on children with disabilities. Further, the 2015 Annual Report reflects the need to “[address] harmful social norms and [encourage] inclusion of the most marginalized children.”
Social inclusion and inclusive education are two significant keys to breaking down barriers and ensuring that children with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to live typical lives and learn and develop alongside their peers.
UNICEF has the credibility and capacity to help governments and other partners to make this a reality for children with intellectual disabilities and their families. Inclusion International is honoured to work alongside UNICEF in these endeavours and to collaborate with all partners to ensure that no one is left behind.
You can read the full report here.