ALERT – A growing International Focus on Inclusive Education and HI is at centre stage! | January 24, 2020
By Julia McGeown, Global Inclusive Education Specialist, HI. This photo, taken yesterday at UK parliament, shows a panel debate organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education, where the focus was on Girls’ education. HI made sure that the additional challenges for girls with disabilities, was also on the agenda! The speakers included […]
By Julia McGeown, Global Inclusive Education Specialist, HI.
This photo, taken yesterday at UK parliament, shows a panel debate organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education, where the focus was on Girls’ education. HI made sure that the additional challenges for girls with disabilities, was also on the agenda!
The speakers included UK parliamentarians and Alice Albright, the CEO of GPE, the world’s largest donor on global education which disperses over 7 billion dollars , mostly directly to governments.
The International Day of Education 2020, on 24th January, is celebrated globally around the theme of “Learning for people, planet, prosperity and peace”, including two key celebrations at the UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris and at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is joining in this celebration by showcasing how it’s possible to foster education children in an inclusive way, even in low resource settings. It is a time to celebrate the successes of global education in recent years, but also to reflect that there is still a long way to go to make sure that all children receive quality inclusive education.
2020 is a big year for Inclusive Education globally!
It’s time that global leaders and the international donor community come together to raise sufficient funds and make sure that the decline in education aid is reversed. There are only 10 years left to achieve SDG 4, which aims to ensure that all countries have inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all. HI works closely with UNESCO and the Global Education Monitory report team which tracks the progress of SDG 4. This year is an important year for inclusive education because they will be launching their annual Global Education Monitoring Report on “Inclusion in Education” in April, and inclusive education for children with disabilities is a key theme.
Also, this year the world’s biggest donor to education, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), is launching a new strategy where inclusive education for children with disabilities will be at the heart of what GPE will encourage governments to develop, as part of their education plans. HI continues to support GPE to make sure that there are sufficient disability focussed indicators within the new strategy.
HI will also continue to make sure that inclusive education for children with disabilities is not lost within the wider debates on education funding globally. With much of the focus on girls’ education, or education for children who are refugees, internally displaced, or have been affected by climate change, we need to ensure that the additional challenges for children with disabilities in these settings are not forgotten.