Inclusive Education Initiative Newsletter #18

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Transforming Education for Children with Disabilities
March 2022 | Issue #18

Dear Members,

We hope you are doing well. February was a big month for the disability sector. The second Global Disability Summit brought people and organizations from around the world together (virtually) to learn about the progress made towards disability inclusion since the last Global Disability Summit in 2018. The Summit has also been an opportunity to discuss how we can ensure to push this agenda forward. 

One of the thematic areas of the Summit was disability-inclusive education. Of the 1,416 new commitments that were made this year, 229 are on disability inclusive education. The World Bank continues to make progress towards its own commitment to ensure that all World Bank financed projects/programs in education are disability inclusive by 2025.

Many side events focused on success stories, challenges, lessons learned, and “what next?”. One of those events was our own “Every Learner Matters: Sharing Experiences from the World Bank’s programs on Disability-Inclusive Education”.

This issue features recordings and other resources from side events hosted by organizations working together on disability-inclusive education.

Our Community of Practice counts over 2700 members now, and we are excited that you are a part of this group. Please keep sharing resources and engaging in discussions as this community wouldn't exist without you. We are so grateful for our continued collaboration in achieving the goal of ensuring all children have access to quality inclusive education.
Please reach out to us if you have a blog post or anything else 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.

All the best,
The Inclusive Education Initiative Team

The International Disability Alliance (IDA), the Government of Norway, and the Government of Ghana hosted the second Global Disability Summit on 16 and 17 February 2022 (GDS22). Find the summary from the co-chairs and watch the recordings. The Summit led to 1413 concrete commitments that brought genuine change for persons with disabilities, many that will benefit learners with disabilities across the globe.
Side Events Recordings
Every Learner Matters- Sharing Experiences from the World Bank's programs on Disability-Inclusive Education
Organised by: The World Bank
This side session brought together learnings and experiences from the World Bank programs: “Disability Inclusive Education in Sub-Saharan Africa” and the “Inclusive Education Initiative”. Stakeholders critically discussed the purpose, process, and implementation modalities of activities financed under these trust funds.

Strengthening Inclusive Education Systems: Sector-Wide Approaches in Ghana and Ethiopia
Organised by: World Ban
k Education Global Practice, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
The Education Global Practice of the World Bank co-hosted an event with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, which presented experiences of sector-wide approaches for strengthening inclusive education systems in Ghana and Ethiopia. The session introduced key elements of the World Bank’s guidance for disability inclusion in education (Recordings also available in FR and ES).

Investing in Inclusive Education to Lessen Social Inequalities
Organised by: Disability Inclusive Development Programs and Services (DIDEPAS)
"Investing in Inclusive Education to Reduce Social Inequalities" emphasizes the importance of inclusive education for persons with disabilities, encourages all actors to renew and operationalize their commitments for inclusive education; and intends to collaborate and make sure that the learning of persons with disabilities is fully included in all national and international development efforts.
Inclusive Education: Making It Happen
Organised by: GLAD Inclusive Education Working Group (IEWG)
This event launched the new infographic prepared by the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) IEWG which provides guidance on how to move from principles to action in making the inclusion of learners with disabilities in fully inclusive systems a reality. A panel of representatives of donor agencies, multi-lateral organizations, governments, and organizations of persons with disabilities and their families discussed the implications of the infographic for their contexts.
Strengthening Inclusive Education Systems through Partnerships, Planning and Capacity Building
Organised by: UNICEF & UNESCO-IIEP & Global Partnership on Education (GPE)
This side event provides an update on the ongoing partnership to advance inclusive education through systems strengthening and capacity development. This includes updates on capacity building efforts in carrying out disability-inclusive education sector analysis and planning by spotlighting the recently launched chapter on Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities in the Methodological Guidelines for Education Sector Analysis, Volume 3, and the delivery of the training course on the Foundations of Disability-Inclusive Education Sector Planning for technical staff within Ministries of Education.
Exploring Recent Education Data for Children with Disabilities and Next Steps for Strengthening Data for Education Policy and Planning
Organised by: UNICEF
Starting with the current situation on children with disabilities participating in education, UNICEF presents new findings on education children with disabilities from data analyzed from 42 countries and territories, followed by updates on ongoing efforts to strengthen the availability of data to inform education policy and planning. This includes country experiences in collecting and utilizing education data to inform policy and strengthen inclusive education systems for children with disabilities.
Building an Education for All: Learnings from Disability-Inclusive Experiences
Organised by: Global Campaign for Education (GCE), Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE) and Regional Network for Inclusive Education (RREI Latin America)
This event presents some experiences to generate a constructive dialogue that allows to recover and put in value certain elements capable of illuminating and guiding the processes of change needed at the national level and also to think of ways to address the challenges that are being faced. In addition to this, the dissemination of these experiences serves to break down barriers and misconceptions that usually work as obstacles for advancing inclusive education, mainly, the myth that inclusive education is a utopia or that it is only achievable in high-income countries.
Why OPD Leadership in Inclusive Education matters: Lessons from the Together for Inclusion Partnership Model
Organised by: ADRA Norway, Norwegian Association of Disabled (NAD), Save the Children Norway, and Strømme Foundation
What is the impact of OPD engagement and leadership on Inclusive Education? Through looking at lessons from the Together for Inclusion Consortium, this event brings out key results of OPD leadership and true partnership between OPDs and (I)NGOs.
ICT - Towards the Inclusion of all Learners!
Organised by: Humanity & Inclusion, Save the Children 
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) supports inclusive education for learners with disabilities by removing some of the barriers they are experiencing to learning. This side-event aims to showcase different practices and findings from Humanity and Inclusion, Save the Children and their partners, including OPDs, and conveys messages and recommendations for action, bringing voices from a range of countries sharing what actually works and what is still missing. 
The Perspective of Youth with Diverse Abilities in Education
Organised by: Rick Hansen Foundation
The Rick Hansen Foundation hosted an engaging conversation titled The Perspective of Youth with Disabilities in Education at the recent United Nations Global Disability Summit. The discussion featured Canadian youth with disabilities who spoke about the state of accessibility and inclusion in the school system – and how educators can make the journey through the school years less bumpy. Highlights from the session are also covered in this blog post.
Status of the Impact of Covid-19 on Inclusive Education: South-East Asian Perspective
Organised by: National Centre for Promotion of Employment of Disabled People (NCPEDP)
The Covid-19 pandemic, one of the biggest humanitarian crisis has brought the entire world and its education systems to a standstill. Schools have had to reinvent themselves. Therefore, through this side event at the Global Disability Summit (GDS), 2022 we aim to understand the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on inclusive education of children with disabilities.
Inclusive Education In Nepal: Lessons From Research by Organizations of Person with Disabilities
Organised by: Action on Disability Rights And Development (ADRAD-Nepal)
The Covid-19 pandemic has massively impacted the education of learners with disabilities in the world, particularly in the global south. There are several transformative endeavors done by the OPDs and stakeholders that help advance educational opportunities for learners with disabilities in the post-Covid context. This side event is to discuss such exemplary initiatives. ADRAD-Nepal has carried out a Participatory Action Research that has identified several innovative ideas to promote access to inclusive education.

Sex-Ed for Children and Youth with Intellectual Disabilities
Organised by: KMOP- Social Action & Innovation Centre

This event is on the topic of sex-ed for students with intellectual disabilities. The aim of the event is to raise awareness about the current exclusion of young people with intellectual disabilities from sexual education, despite the fact that there is a great need for them to receive this education.  

Inclusive Education Case Studies and the INEE Minimum Standards
Organised by: The Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) 

The objective of this side event was to present and share good practices on: the ongoing work being done by the INEE to review the INEE Minimum Standards with a gender and disability inclusion lens; using the INEE Minimum Standards to implement inclusive education programming in emergency contexts; share INEE IETT and members’ suggestions for how to make the INEE Minimum Standards more applicable for inclusive education programs in emergency contexts in the future.
Despite tremendous potential, a gap exists between ICT advancements and their large-scale application in educating children with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries. Join us to learn about new findings from a review of the use of ICT in improving the educational participation and outcomes of children with disabilities. 

The review explored how ICT supported the continued learning of children with disabilities during COVID-19 related school closures. The report shares insights from the experiences of multiple stakeholders, including teachers, parents and caregivers, government officials, and civil society. Global insights were supplemented with country case studies to draw out examples of what is and is not working across 6 P’s: people, products, pedagogy, policy, place, and provision. 

Learn about our Innovation-Enabled Education For All approach that incorporates four interconnected components to harness the potential of educational and assistive technology into tangible and successful learning outcomes for children with disabilities. 
Please find the recording and slides from our recent launch event.
Information and Communication Technologies (IDTs) and Inclusive Education
This factsheet draws on a study carried out by Humanity & Inclusion, which drew up an inventory of existing ICTs that could help support inclusive education for children with disabilities and identified the challenges in implementing these ICT tools in the classrooms in Benin, Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Senegal and Togo.
Inclusive Education Resources and Toolkit
The Inclusive Education Resources and Toolkit is a resource and reference for all staff working in education programming to mainstream inclusion in their work. The Toolkit provides recommendations and resources to strengthen inclusive education programming to enable Save the Children to achieve greater successes in the provision of high-quality ECCD and basic education as promoted by the Quality Learning Framework, also in emergency and humanitarian context. The toolkit is based on a comprehensive analysis of key gaps in existing guidance shared by practitioners globally as well as a review of international standards and resources in the field and innovative and adaptive models of inclusive education programming already in use by Save the Children and other organizations (INEE, Plan International, UNESCO, USAID, and others).
The recording from the launch event.
Why Disability Data Matters: Review of Leonard Cheshire's latest disability data and the Disability Data Portal
Global disability data collection has progressed considerably in recent years. However, in a world increasingly awash with data, too many countries still have poor disability data, and persons with disabilities are still hidden because of a lack of existing disability data.
That is why we have produced a report ahead of the Global Disability Summit, ‘Why Disability Data Matters’ aiming to show why it is essential that everyone has access to high-quality disability data. The report spotlights key data initiatives achieved by Leonard Cheshire within each of the Global Disability Summit 2022 thematic areas. It seeks to highlight the meaningful actions and commitments needed to advance inclusive and disaggregated data at the Global Disability Summit.
School Violence and Bullying of Children with Disabilities in the Eastern and Southern African Region: A Needs Assessment
This study from Leonard Cheshire looks at the robustness of policy and legal frameworks and the needs of teachers and learners with disabilities in regard to addressing school violence and bullying within the Eastern and Southern African region.
It comprised both a policy analysis and primary qualitative research within five countries in the Eastern and Southern African region (Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa and Zambia).
Pralhad Gairapipli, Humanity & Inclusion
March 8, 2022
How will data help us break the cycle of discrimination and intersectional disadvantages for girls and women with disabilities?
Dr. Ruth Owen, Chief Executive, Leonard Cheshire; Antara Ganguli, Director, UNGEI Secretariat; Charlotte V. McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, World Bank Group.
In collaboration with disability youth advocates Ian Banda, Maria Njeri, Mind Thitiphorn Prawatsrichai and Shrutilata Singh.
March 8, 2022
Build a better future for deaf schoolchildren or risk losing a generation of potential
Joanna Clark, Deaf Child Worldwide
March 2, 2022
ACR GCD focuses on advancing ICT for learners with disabilities at the Global Disability Summit
All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development
February 23, 2022
Researching Disability-Inclusive Education: Perspectives from Researchers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia
Inclusive Education Initiative
February 17, 2022
Students with disabilities hardest hit by school closures
Shruti Taneja Johansson
February 17, 2022
We must commit to inclusive education for people with disabilities
February 16, 2022
Equal Opportunities To Learn: Towards a More Inclusive Education in Rwanda
Inclusive Education Initiative
February 15, 2022
Digital Technology should be prioritized in schools for pupils with learning disabilities
South Africa Times
February 15, 2022
All Children Count: Fostering Inclusion through Data
Claudia Cappa, UNICEF
February 9, 2022
Including Children with Disabilities in Early Grade Math Assessments: Lessons from Tajikistan
Dr. Chris Johnstone, Inclusive Development Partners & University of Minnesota
February 8, 2022
Read and share free accessible books on World Read Aloud Day
All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development
February 2, 2022
Call to Action: Recommendations from the Global Disability Summit Thematic Workshop on Inclusive Education
Global Disability Summit Inclusive Education Thematic Workshop co-hosts
January 31, 2022
When all Truly Means Everyone: Fulfilling the Right to Education of Children with Disabilities in our Global Education Crisis Response
Yasmine Sherif, Education Cannot Wait
Four priorities in inclusive education for the Global Disability Summit 2022
University of Cambridge
Inclusive Education and inclusive society – A fundamental rethink and the role of academics.
Louise Arnold, University of East London
November 18, 2021
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