– Join our call to world leaders by signing the #Upforschool petition!

Published on: Aug 28, 2015 

Zenash was told that because she is Blind she could only attend a special education school, and as there wasn’t one in her village, her mother kept her at home. Zenash really wanted to attend the local village primary school with her friends. Luckily, she met a Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) worker who taught her braille and informed the teachers at the village school about inclusive education. Now Zenash is attending school and doing very well. She wants to become a teacher in an inclusive school when she grows up! – Case Study thanks to LIGHT FOR THE WORLD

One in three children of the 59 million children, who are currently out of school, are children with disabilities. Low expectations, stigma and a narrow understanding of the educational rights and needs of a child with a disability, result in many children with disabilities being refused admission in their local school. Those in school seldom receive the support they need to develop to their full potential or are educated in settings that do not promote their social inclusion. A quality inclusive education will enable children with disabilities to learn the skills they need to earn a decent livelihood. 

The new Sustainable Development goal (SDG) on education – Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education and Lifelong Learning Opportunities for All – can change the situation for the better, provided states take deliberate action and commit the necessary resources. We can only deliver on the promise of LEAVING NO-ONE BEHIND if we focus our effort on the most disadvantaged. Sign the petition and show your support for inclusive and equitable quality education for children with disabilities.

THE PETITION

“We, the world’s youth, teachers, parents and global citizens appeal to our governments to keep their promise, made at the United Nations in 2000, to ensure all out-of-school children gain their right to education before the end of 2015.

We are standing up to bring an end to the barriers preventing girls and boys from going to school, including forced work and early marriage, conflict and attacks on schools, exploitation and discrimination. All children deserve the opportunity to learn and achieve their potential.

We are #UpForSchool.”

With only 1 month until the petition will be presented to World Leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York – we need to get as many signatures as possible!

Please sign the petition and share it via social media and your networks.

If you would like to collect offline signatures please contact jenny@ablechildafrica.org.uk for petition forms and contact details.

Let’s make it happen and show that the world is behind inclusive education for children with disabilities.

STORIES OF SUCCES

Children with disabilities are #UpForSchool: Check Melody and Ruth’s success stories as well!

Melody has cerebral palsy and has defied expectations passing school entry exams, but mainstream schools won’t let her join. However due to stigma Melody has not been accepted – and she now is taught alongside other older children who have been denied access to mainstream school at Little Rock. Melody, a budding politician, now campaigns in Kenya for the rights of children like her to an inclusive education, and has even spoken in parliament! – Case study thanks to AbleChildAfrica 

Ruth struggles with her speech, and because of her disability she was excluded in class and dropped out. After attending a Teacher Training in Inclusive Education with the Ministry of Education, Ruth’s teacher changed his mind. He visited Ruth at home to persuade her to come back to school. Ruth now feels accepted in school and is exceling in Mathematics! – Case Study thanks to CBM 

Source Article from IDDC

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