Event date: 

20 Jun 2017

Event location: 

World Bank, Washington DC

Investment in Disability inclusive education: Delivering on the commitment to leave no-one behind

Over 32 million children with disabilities in developing countries are out of school – that’s more than three times the entire population of Sweden. Those who are in school are educated in settings that do not promote their inclusion in society and attainment of learning outcomes that would secure a decent livelihood. The exclusion of these children has a devastating impact on whole societies and economies.

Ensuring no one is left behind in education necessitates targeted financing policies for learners with disabilities.

The #CostingEquity report, details the extent of the world’s neglect of education for children with disabilities and the needlessly lost income through their subsequent lack of employment. IDDC’s research provides sound recommendations for donors and State Parties and helps to clarify advocacy and policy steps towards achieving SDG4 for all children.

Purpose/Aim of the session:

To familiarise the World Bank staff on the need to respond to disability inclusive education with sufficient budget:

  • To share the findings of the #CostingEquity report
  • To highlight challenges / shortcomings and promising practices in financing for disability-inclusive education by national governments and donors
  • To provide recommendations to decision-makers and advisors on how to ensure equitable funding and resource allocations to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all.
Reading material:

The #CostingEquity report, posters and related material in English, French and Spanish can be found on the #CostingEquity webpage

Call to action to Invest in Disability Inclusive Education


Report findings and recommendations: Nafisa Baboo, Senior Advisor, Inclusive Education, Light for the World & Coordinator of IDDC Inclusive Education Task Group, and Sabine Rehbichler, Director of Programmes and Advocacy, Light for the World
Response from: Charlotte McClain, Global Disability Advisor, World Bank Group