Despite overall progress in education attainment globally, children with disabilities remain one of the most excluded from education. They are less likely to participate in and complete their education compared to their peers without disabilities.
In South Asia, an estimated 29 million children - 12.5 million at the primary level and 16.5 million at the lower secondary level - were out of school in 2018. Of these, a considerable proportion is estimated to be children with disabilities.
However, over the years, a number of promising initiatives to promote inclusive, equitable and quality education for children with disabilities have been implemented in the region. UNICEF ROSA initiated a study to:
- map inclusive education policies, strategies and practices implemented at all levels of the education system in the South Asia Region that are effective, or hold promise to be effective, in increasing access and/or learning outcomes of children with disabilities in education and have the potential for scaling up; and
- inform the development and strengthening of regional and country level advocacy and programming for advancing disability-inclusive education across South Asia.
The regional report and country-specific profiles include the key findings of this mapping, disability-inclusive education practices, gaps and challenges as well as recommendations for moving the disability-inclusive education agenda forward.