Calls for Recognition of Exclusion of Children with Disabilities from Education by Inclusion International Heeded by UNESCO in 2015 EFA Global Monitoring Report “Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and challenges.”
London, April 9, 2015 For immediate release
Inclusion International praised UNESCO today for the release of the 2015 EFA Global Monitoring Report “Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and challenges”. President Klaus Lachwitz said “Although the report paints a grim picture of the exclusion of children with disabilities we laud UNESCO for including research and data on children with disabilities in the report.” Inclusion International had previously criticized the Global Monitoring Reports for their lack of attention to children with disabilities, which has gradually improved.
The report acknowledges that “Marginalization is higher for children with disabilities, and disability is common” and that “Disability status increases the risk of educational exclusion.”
The report also points to higher levels of discrimination against children with intellectual disabilities stating that “Children with hearing or visual impairments had better schooling outcomes compared with children with learning or communication impairments”.
The report indicates that the Salamanca Statement, issued by UNESCO 20 years ago, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and regional declarations have facilitated policy and advocacy for inclusion but recognizes that while most countries have begun a transition from a medical to a social model of inclusive education, some, such as Belgium and Germany still rely on special education infrastructure.
Former President of Inclusion International, Professor Peter Mittler said “We have been protesting about the absence of data on children with disabilities in the annual EFA-GMR reports since 2000. We can now celebrate their inclusion in the final report covering the period 2000-2015. The next challenge is to ensure disability-disaggregated data in monitoring the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.”
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