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Seminar to discuss children with disabilities in education planning

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The UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO), in partnership with UNICEF, is hosting a technical Round Table from 9-11 July 2019 in Paris, France, to support ministries of education in planning education systems to include children with disabilities.

Although inclusive education must address all forms of exclusion, children with disabilities remain one of the most excluded groups of children in terms of access to education and learning. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), of the one billion people with disabilities in the world, an estimated 150 million children (14 years and under) live with disabilities. In many countries, this group of children continues to be absent or under-represented in official data.

The round table will address these issues by involving government experts, development partners and representatives of the main national associations of people with disabilities from eight French-speaking African countries: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

Participants will take stock of current practices and opportunities for disability-responsive educational planning and consider solutions to address the lack of essential data and capacities. The IIEP Virtual Campus will offer a two-week preparatory phase for participants from 24 June to 7 July, as well as an online webinar on 27 June to discuss with a disability data expert.

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