- September 7, 2022

First published by Sightsavers

A global campaign calling on global leaders to take urgent action on inclusive education at the upcoming Transforming Education Summit has been launched.

The campaign, #DoYourHomework, asks leaders and education ministers attending the UN summit from 16-19 September to transform education and ensure that 240 million children worldwide with disabilities are not forgotten.

Globally, progress is falling behind on achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 –inclusive and equitable education for all. Nearly 49% of children with disabilities worldwide are likely to have never attended school, and if they do, they are less likely to succeed than their peers.

The #DoYourHomework campaign asks leaders to deliver on six pieces of ‘homework’ to ensure more inclusive education systems:

  1. Sociology homework: Include children with disabilities in mainstream education and collect data that includes everyone
  2. Economic homework: Invest in inclusive training, so that teachers can respond to diverse learning needs and develop flexible curriculums for all children
  3. Politics homework: Implement policies, plans and budgets to include and support children with disabilities
  4. Computing homework: Tackle the digital divide and ensure digital learning and other education technologies are accessible for all
  5. Maths homework: Allocate sustainable financing for inclusive education so that all children with disabilities can learn
  6. Design homework: Involve people with disabilities in all stages of inclusive education design and make sure their voices are heard

Get involved and add your voice to the campaign by using the social media toolkit to call on leaders to act now, so that 240 million children with disabilities around the world can access education.

Partners on this project include Sightsavers, the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDCC), the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) network and Global Campaign for Education (GCE).

In other news

The Transforming Education Summit is an opportunity for world leaders to commit to transforming education so that every child in the world can access quality, equitable, inclusive education and lifelong learning. This includes the 240 million children with disabilities worldwide who, even before COVID-19 disruptions to education, experienced disparities in learning. Compared to children without disabilities, children with disabilities were 49% more likely to have never attended school and 42% less likely to have foundational reading and numeracy skills.

IDA welcomes the convening of the Transforming Education Summit by the UN Secretary General during the 77th UN General Assembly. We unequivocally support the objective to generate national and international commitments to transform education, and foster greater public engagement around and support for transforming education.

The International Disability and Development Consortium (IDCC), the International Disability Alliance (IDA), the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network and the Global Coalition for Education (GCE), call for the international community to commit to ensuring disability-inclusive quality education, including in early childhood, in global efforts to mobilise action ahead of the Transforming Education Pre-Summit (28th-30th June) and Summit (19th September).