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Launch of book on Inclusive Education at G20 summit in Argentina

29-11-2018
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Abigail was born with spina bifida. She attends school in Lusaka, Zambia and has a lot of friends. She wants to be a nurse someday.

CBM is delighted to announce the publication of the latest in its Disability-Inclusive Development (DID) book series. The book, entitled “My Right is Our Future: The Transformative Power of Disability-Inclusive Education” explores the essential elements needed to ensure that inclusive education ensures DID.

CBM will launch the book at a side event at the G20 summit in Argentina. The event is an opportunity to discuss with education experts such as Cristina Sanz, Latin America’s Regional President for the International Council for Education of Children with Visual Impairments (ICEVI), and Katharina Pfoertner, CBM Regional Advisor on Inclusive Education. Discussions will revolve around inclusive education as a human right, practical ways of ensuring disability-inclusive development in education, and disability-inclusive education financing.

Access the Book here

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Cover of Book 3 - My Right is Our Future.
Inclusive education as an approach is still not widely understood. This publication explores the challenges and provides practical suggestions on how to support disability-inclusive education systems that can better meet both the general and specific learning needs of all children, including those with disabilities. It recognises that inclusive education is a complex process and aims to help governmental and non-governmental actors to navigate the most suitable pathways to change. Access the book here.

Understanding the context

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In Nepal, Sajana is smiling as she solves a math equation in her classroom. She has neglected clubfoot, but is now able to to go school thanks to support from CBM's partner, the Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children.
With half of the 65 million persons with disabilities in developing countries out of school and even those in school unlikely to be accessing equitable, quality education, the need for a more inclusive approach to education is clear. Over the last decade, there has been a growing international commitment towards inclusive education, with the adoption of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD, 2006) and the more recent 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which has inclusive and equitable quality education as one of its goal. 

The benefits are clear. Creating inclusive schools reinforces the important human rights value of dignity, equality, personal autonomy and choice. Yet, inclusive education is not only about meeting human rights obligations. It is also about celebrating diversity, promoting a more sustainable path to development and helping bring an end to poverty, thereby leading to more inclusive societies.

How this book fits into the picture

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Dervin (second from right) who was born with a cleft lip, plays with his classmates in a preschool in Nicaragua.
There is still a long way to go between where we are and where we want to be. With over 100 years of experience of supporting partners and working with alliance partners in education CBM has developed in its experience and expertise. Framed around a number of case studies and accounts of experiences CBM in this publication considers a range of questions related to how we can include persons with disabilities, their families, and their organisations to achieve inclusive education to how inclusive education ought to be financed. The book aims to inspire further discussion among disabled persons organisations, our readers, and partners in governments, development and education, to ultimately reshape our education systems to make them more inclusive for everybody around the world.

The CBM Disability-Inclusive Development Series

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Milton and Suleman, CBM colleagues and community workers, address a gathering during a community disability-awareness programme in Assam, India.
This publication is the third in the series produced by CBM called 'The Series on Disability-Inclusive Development'.

The series started with an introductory publication on disability-inclusive development, 'The Future is Inclusive - How to Make International Development Disability-Inclusive'. This publication introduces the key concepts for DID and highlights practical examples by CBM, to contribute to the dialogue on DID.

The second book 'Inclusion Counts - The Economic Case for Disability-Inclusive Development' explores key questions such as - can governments afford to continue excluding women, men, girls, and boys with disabilities from key areas of life? How can investment in inclusion benefit persons with disabilities, their families, and societies overall?

You can find out more about the series by visiting our dedicated portal on the website.


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