An estimated 190 million children with disabilities live in the region. Many have limited access to basic services, such as education, protection and psychosocial support.
Children with disabilities
Access for all, no matter what
Access for all
Every child regardless of disability, income, gender, ethnicity, religious affiliation or cultural origin, should be able to attend a school that fully nurtures their potential to learn within their own communities.
To ensure quality education for children with disabilities, UNICEF works in the region to:
Promote accessible and inclusive learning spaces: Ensure physical accessibility for children with disabilities, including commuting and moving around in the school environment as well as having safe access to water and sanitation facilities whilst at school.
Invest in teacher training for inclusive education: Preparation and orientation of teachers for inclusion should happen through teacher training which will also address attitudes towards children with disabilities, and how to prepare/support families.
Involve the community: The education of children with disabilities must include a strong involvement from community as well as from parents, being two key factors which determine the success of inclusive education.
Collect data for evidence building and progress monitoring: Quality, disaggregated data is important to help advocate for inclusion and create a baseline for monitoring progress in disability mainstreaming in the educational system.