NGOs call on governments and donors to prioritise schooling for children with disabilities

On Thursday 27th April 2017, more than 40 international and national non-profit organisations launched a ‘Call to Action to Invest in Disability-Inclusive Education’. The joint call highlights the shocking fact that more than 32 million children with disabilities in developing countries are estimated to be out of school.

The initiative is being led by the Inclusive Education Task Group of the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) as part of the #CostingEquity campaign to galvanise global support for increased financing to realise the right to inclusive education for girls and boys with disabilities.

In the joint statement led by IDDC, the world’s leading NGOs working in disability and education in low and middle income countries, including CBM, Handicap International, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Light for the World, Plan Internaitonal, Sightsavers, together with the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and others, call on governments and donors to significantly step up action to deliver on the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals to ensure quality education for all children, by investing in inclusive education for boys and girls with disabilities. They also commit to making education for children with disabilities in developing countries a top priority, advocating for better donor financing for inclusive education.  

The call to action follows the recent #CostingEquity report by the IDDC, which was led by Light for the World and supported by Open Society Foundations and other international NGOs, which highlights some of the poor government and donor practices that need to change and provides solid arguments of why disability inclusive education is a wise and worthy investment.

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For more information on how to get involved, please contact Nafisa Baboo (n.baboo@light-for-the-world), Co-Coordinator of the IDDC Inclusive Education Task Group.

224 signatories to date (last updated 11 April 2018):

  • AbleChildAfrica
  • Action to the Community Development Center (ACDC)
  • Addis Development Vision (ADV)
  • ADD International
  • ADPP
  • ADRA Austria
  • Adult Learning Australia
  • africa action / Deutschland e. V.
  • Agência de Colaboração em Descentralização e Desenvolvimento Local (AGECAP)
  • AG Globale Verantwortung
  • Aid for Social Protection Program Foundation Vietnam (AFV)
  • Aide et Action
  • A-Kasa Foundation
  • Amigos de los niños excepcionales Tarija (ANET)
  • ANC EFA
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft Entwicklung und Politik
  • ASADEC
  • Associação AMAVIDA - Gorongosa
  • Associação EsMaBaMa
  • Asociación Cruceña de Ayuda al Impedido (ACAI)
  • Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
  • Association of Early Childhood Development in Malawi (AECDM)
  • Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC)
  • Autism Swaziland
  • Ayninakuna
  • Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation
  • Bank Information Center (BIC)
  • Behinderung und Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
  • Berhan lehetsanat
  • Binti Salha Foundation
  • BIZEPS
  • Blind People's Association India
  • Bridge of Hope
  • Building Tomorrow
  • CAB
  • Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS)
  • Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI)
  • CBM International
  • CEDAF - centro de audición
  • CENAID
  • Center for Development Skills and Knowledge of Social Work (CSWD) Vietnam
  • Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) Bangladesh
  • Centro de Empoderamiento de Personas con Discapacidad (CEMPDIS)
  • Centro Internacional de Educación y Desarrollo Humano (CINDE)
  • Cheshire Disability Services Kenya (CDSK)
  • Cheshire Foundation Action for Inclusion (CF-AI) Bahir Dar Project Office
  • Cheshire Services Ethiopia
  • ChildFund Ethiopia
  • ChildHope
  • Child Labor Coalition
  • Children in Crisis
  • CHIP
  • Church Forum on HIV and AIDS
  • Coalition nationale pour l’éducation pour tous Burkina Faso (CNEPTBF)
  • Collectif Handicap Maroc
  • Community Development Organization (CDO) Pakistan
  • Community Services Programm (CSP) Pakistan 
  • Confédération des organisations des personnes handicapées de Côte d'Ivoire (COPHCI)
  • Congo Handicap
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • Cydler
  • Deaf Child Worldwide
  • Direct Focus Community Aid (DFCAID)
  • Disability Partnership Finland / Vammaiskumppanuus
  • Disabled People's Organizations Denmark (DPOD)
  • Disabled Rehabilitation & Research Association (DRRA)
  • Disability Rights Fund
  • DKA Austria
  • Douleurs Sans Frontières  
  • DUGA
  • Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development (DCDD)
  • Early Childhood Development Network of Pakistan (ECDNP)
  • Enabling Education Network (EENET)
  • Secrétariat national de l’enseignement catholique Burkina Faso
  • Educate the Children Inc.
  • Edukans
  • Enablement
  • Enguserosambu Community Forest Conservation Trust
  • Escuela de Integración y Formación Deportiva, Expresión Artística y Desarrollo Laboral (EIFODEC)
  • Escuela Taller de Integracion (ETI)
  • Essl Foundation
  • Ethiopian National Association on Intellectual Disabilities (ENAID)
  • European Guide Dog Federation
  • Ezaleg Prosthetics
  • FASCO
  • Fe y Alegría
  • Ferrando Speech and Hearing Centre (FSHC) 
  • Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)
  • Fracarita International
  • Friends of Karin Dom Association
  • Fundades
  • Fundación de Ayuda Social San Ignacio de Velasco (FASSIV)
  • Fundación Guatemalteca para niños con sordoceguera Alex (FUNDAL)
  • Fusi Alofa Assocation Tuvalu
  • Fundación ONCE para América Latina (FOAL)
  • Fundación Paso a Paso
  • Fundación Sonrisas que Escuchan
  • Global Campaign for Education
  • Global Campaign for Education - US
  • Global Partners United
  • Global Partnership for Children with Disabilities (GPcwd) 
  • Global Partnership for Education (GPE)
  • GPcwd Early Childhood Development Task Force
  • Handicap International
  • Hanoi Association of People with Disabilities (DP Hanoi)
  • Hapaot Center
  • Harmee Education for Development Organisation (HEfDA)
  • Help a Child
  • Help for Persons with Disabilities-Organization (HPD-O)
  • Help for Persons with Disabilties Organization Ethiopa (HDPOE)
  • Hội Từ Thiện Quảng Trị
  • HORIZONT3000
  • Inclusion International
  • Instituto de Educación y Prevención para la Sordera - Beni
  • Instituto de Investigaciones Médico Sociales
  • Integration:Österreich
  • International Aid Services
  • International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
  • International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)
  • International Disability Alliance (IDA)
  • International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)
  • International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF)
  • iRockit - Breaking Barriers in Special Education for Children
  • IRODA - Parents of Children with Autism Initiative
  • Islamic Relief Worldwide
  • Jan Vikas Samiti
  • J. F. Kapnek Trust Zimbabwe
  • Johannes Kepler University
  • Jugend Eine Welt
  • Karagwe Community Based Rehabilitation Programmes (KCBRP)
  • Kenan Institute Asia
  • KIRDARC
  • Leonard Cheshire Disability
  • Light for the World
  • LightBox Africa
  • Liliane Fonds
  • Los Pipitos (Nicaragua)
  • Lumos
  • Medical Committee Netherlands-Vietnam (MCNV)
  • Mental Health Center
  • MICROSOCCER
  • Mission East
  • Motivation
  • Movimento de educação para todos (MEPT)
  • Mozaik Foundation
  • Mulumbo Early Childhood Care and Development Foundation
  • Mundo Inclusivo
  • MyRight International
  • National Federation of the Disabled Nepal
  • National Forum of Women with Disabilities Pakistan
  • National Institute of Education Armenia
  • National Institute of Neurosciences
  • National Union of Disabilities' Organisations of Rwanda (NUDOR)
  • Netherlands Leprosy Relief (NLR) Mekong
  • Network of Organizations for Agricultural Development
  • Norwegian Association of Disabled (NAD) - Norges Handikapforbund
  • Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO
  • Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne
  • Noyemberyan N2 Kindergarten Armenia Tavush Marz
  • Nuanua O Le Alofa National advocacy organisation of persons with disabilities in Samoa
  • ÖGLB - Association of the Deaf Austria
  • One Family People
  • Organisation catholique pour le développement et la solidarité (OCADES)
  • Organisation Nationale des Parents pour Handicapés Auditifs de Côte d'Ivoire (ONPHA-CI)
  • Oxfam
  • Pacific Disability Forum
  • Palau Parents Empowered
  • Parents' Organisation of children with Down Syndrome (SiDa)
  • Partners for a Greater Voice
  • Pastoral Social Cáritas La Paz
  • Phare Ponleu Selpak
  • PIAP
  • PLAN International
  • PLAN International Nepal
  • Pohnpei Consumer Organization
  • Presbyterian Community Rehabilitation Services (PCRS) Kumba
  • Progressions: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
  • PROMHANDICAM
  • Rede de Campagne de Guinea Bissau (RECEPT-GB)
  • RED RBC Bolivia
  • RED regional por la educación inclusiva (RREI)
  • Rede Nacional da Campanha de Educação Para Todos de Cabo Verde (RNCEPT)
  • RESULTS UK
  • Rights and Inclusion (RI) Australia
  • RISE Institute
  • Rwanda Developmental Behavioural Pediatrics
  • Royal Dutch
  • Kentalis
  • Save the Children
  • Secours Islamique France
  • Sense International
  • Seto Gurans Child Development Service
  • Serere District Association of the Deaf / St. Joseph Memorial School of the Deaf
  • Shishu Sarothi
  • Shonaquip
  • Sightsavers
  • Social and Economic Development Associates (SEDA)
  • Social Empowerment Action
  • Society of Social Psychiatry and Mental Health Greece
  • Society without Barriers (SWB) Côte d'Ivoire
  • SOFT Tulip Foundation
  • SOS Children's Villages International
  • SOS-Menschenrechte
  • Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP)
  • Strømme Foundation
  • SWEB Foundation
  • Tamahar Trust
  • Te Toa Matoa
  • The Atlas Alliance
  • Leprazending - Leprosy Mission The Netherlands
  • Uhambo Foundation
  • UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Catalina Devandas Aguilar
  • UNESCO Chair 'Transforming the Lives of People with Disabilities, their Families and Communities, Through PE, Sport, Recreation and Fitness'
  • University of Cape Town Institute for Monitoring and Evaluation
  • University of Gondar
  • Vereinigung der Interessenvertretungen beeinträchtigter Menschen in OÖ
  • Welthaus der Diözese Graz-Seckau
  • Welthaus der Diözese Linz
  • Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE)
  • World of Inclusion
  • World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP)
  • World Vision Australia
  • World Vision Austria
  • World Vision India
  • ZOA Relief|Hope|Recovery

 

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