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
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
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.