Inclusive Education Initiative Newsletter #16

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January 2022| Issue #16

Dear Members,

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and ready to take on 2022 with tenacity! This year will be critical for disability inclusive development, especially for education of children with disabilities. The second Global Disability Summit is just around the corner (15-17 February) and we are looking forward to the commitments that are made towards disability-inclusive education. Significant progress has been made since the first Global Disability Summit in 2018 and we look forward to learning about advancement and next steps!
As a Community of Practice, we are over 2300 members strong! We encourage you to keep sharing resources and engage in discussions, as this community wouldn't exist without you. And it goes without saying that we are grateful for our continued collaboration in achieving the goal of ensuring all children have access to quality inclusive education.

This issue features many resources that were shared in December around the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. There was much to celebrate!
Please reach out to us if you have a blog post or anything you would like featured on the IEI website—we are happy to feature your work on disability-inclusive education.  You can email us at or join our LinkedIn Group and post questions directly there.

With best wishes for a wonderful 2022,
The Inclusive Education Initiative Team

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December 3rd marked International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day for championing the rights of persons with disabilities and to increase awareness of the challenges individuals face globally. It has two primary goals: first, to promote the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities; and second, to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society and development. The World Bank celebrated with a wide variety of disability inclusion activists, including Warren “Wawa” Snipe, Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Rebecca Cokley, and Elham Youssefian. A recording of the event with International Sign and closed captioning is available: IDPD 2021
Seen, Counted, Included: Using data to shed light on the well-being of children with disabilities

Millions of children with disabilities around the globe continue to be left behind, despite the near-universal ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the call for action embedded in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the clear mandate set by the Sustainable Development Goals. Often, this neglect is the result of limited data. When absent from official statistics, children and adults with disabilities remain politically and socially ‘invisible’, increasing their marginalization and exposure to rights violations.
Recent years have seen renewed interest in generating reliable and internationally comparable data on children with disabilities. This has led to the development of new tools for data collection, including the Child Functioning Module, released by UNICEF and the Washington Group on Disability Statistics in 2016. It has also resulted in a substantial increase in the availability of data on children with disabilities over the last five years, fostering new data analyses and contributing to increased knowledge generation.
Using the latest available data, the publication covers more than 60 indicators of child well-being – from nutrition and health, to access to water and sanitation, protection from violence and exploitation, and education. The report also includes the first-ever global and regional estimates of children with disabilities.
Database on education for children with disabilities

As a first step towards making information on education for children with disabilities readily available, UNICEF has prepared a database covering four key education indicators that support SDG4 and national education monitoring: Adjusted net attendance rate (ANAR), Out of school rate (OOR) [SDG 4.1.4], Completion rate [SDG 4.1.2] and foundational learning skills [SDG 4.1.1a]. Together these indicators provide powerful insights on the education progression of children with disabilities in 32 countries and areas.
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CapAble is an online resource platform giving you the power and knowledge to put disability inclusion into action. It is a one-stop shop for tools, resources and educational materials on disability inclusion in higher education.
Children with Disabilities and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life in every corner of the globe, creating a crisis that is unprecedented in its scale and scope. A growing body of evidence shows that both the virus itself, as well as the measures implemented by governments to contain its spread, disproportionately impact children with disabilities and their families.
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Mapping of Disability-Inclusive Education Practices in South Asia
The objectives of this study are to map effective or promising  inclusive education policies, strategies and practices implemented at all levels of the education system in the South Asia Region, in increasing access and/or learning outcomes of children with disabilities in education with 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.
Operationalizing Disability Inclusion in Education
The Inclusive Education Thematic Group hosted an external event to discuss the Guidance Note of the Criteria for the World Bank’s Disability-Inclusive Investment Project Financing in Education on December 2, 2021. View recording.
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Global Disability Summit

The Global Disability Summit (GDS) results in new, ambitious, and widespread commitments that are critical to achieving real change for persons with disabilities. 
The first Global Disability Summit held in 2018 (GDS18), co-hosted by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of Kenya, and the International Disability Alliance (IDA), was an historic event for disability inclusion. The GDS18 inspired unprecedented engagement and generated commitments to action that will help deliver Agenda 2030’s vision to ‘Leave No One Behind’ (LNOB) as well as existing obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
This year, the second Global Disability Summit (GDS22) will be co-hosted virtually by IDA, the Government of Norway, and the Government of Ghana. Register for this event.
A Global Disability Youth Summit will take place on 14th February to ensure inclusion of the voices of youth in GDS22. This will be the first summit for youth with disabilities. Register for this event.
A Civil Society Forum will take place to provide an opportunity to amplify the voices and participation of persons with disabilities through their individual participation and that of organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs). Register for this event.
An Inclusive Education Thematic Workshop will take place on 20th January from 9-10:30 am EST. Register for this event.
Side events will also take place during GDS22 and as we gather details on those we will share widely.
Navigating COVID-19 without Sight
UNICEF Africa- Kids’ Dispatches
December 3, 2021
Nothing Without Us: Children with Disabilities Have a Right to be Heard
Martina Orsander, Global Lead for Disability, Save the Children
December 3, 2021
Decalogue of Good Treatment from Students with Disabilities to their Classmates
Special Envoy of UN-SG on Disability Accessibility
December 2, 2021
Providing Children with Disabilities Access to Education
Edward Winter, Senior Technical Advisor for Social Inclusion, World Vision US
November 23, 2021
UnrestrICTed challenge awardee launches teacher training to increase access and learning opportunities for children with disabilities in Rwanda
Umutoni Marie, eKitabu
November 22, 2021

"I am a child"
Cleric Tembwe, Namibian Children’s Parliament
 November 20, 2021
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The World Bank’s Disability Inclusion and Development team in the Social Sustainability and Inclusion Global Practice and Inclusive Education Thematic Group in the Education Global Practice are developing a roster of consultants and looking for disability-inclusion specialists with expertise in various sectors, including agriculture, gender, gender-based violence, digital development, disaster risk management, education, employment, health, social development, transport, and water.

The Bank is looking for potential candidates with relevant expertise to strengthen the World Bank's regional and country teams in disability-inclusion across all sectors. To express your interest in disability inclusive development consulting opportunities, kindly share your CV, a recent writing sample, and complete a 3-minute form with information about your experience in disability-inclusive work in education ( or other sectors (
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