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Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity

Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity

Globally, an estimated 93 million children – or 1 in 20 of those aged up to 14 years of age – live with a moderate or severe disability. In most low- and middle-income countries, children with disabilities are more likely to be out of school than any other group of children. Children with disabilities have very low rates of initial enrolment. Even if they do attend school, children living with disabilities are often more likely to drop out and leave school early. In some countries, having a disability can more than double the chance of a child not being in school, compared to their non-disabled peers.
A huge impact on the right of people with disabilities can be made through efforts by national governments to deliver the following 7 strategies:
  • Create appropriate legislative frameworks and set out ambitious national plans for inclusion
  • Provide the capacity, resources and leadership to implement ambitious national plans on inclusion
  • Improving data and building accountability for action
  • Making schools and classrooms accessible and relevant for all
  • Ensure enough appropriately trained teachers for all
  • Challenging attitudes which reinforce and sustain discrimination
  • Create an enabling policy environment for inclusive education, through cross-sectoral interventions
These strategies must be supported by bilateral donors and the international community through development cooperation.
The report was launched on December 3rd 2013 for the United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities by the Global Campaign for Education and Handicap International with a contribution of the national members, including EFANet.
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Promoting Rights in Schools

Promoting Rights in Schools

The Promoting Rights in Schools (PRS) initiative is a collaborative approach between Action Aid The Gambia and a consortium consisting of the Education For All Network, the Forum for African Women Educationalist, The Gambia Teachers Union, Child Protection Alliance and the Nova Scotia Gambia Association. The initiative aims to actively engage parents, teachers, students, unions and civil society organisations in collectively monitoring and improving the quality of public education.
In 2013 the consortium has, together with the key stakeholders, conducted research in the field of 'right to free and compulsory education', 'right to quality trained teachers' and the 'right to transparent and accountable schools'. With a teacher-pupil-ratio often exceeding 1:45 there is a great need for more qualified teachers to improve the quality of education. Furthermore, especially girls are likely to drop-out of school before even completing their lower basic education. More attention should be given to a safe and secure environment and awareness raising on inclusive education for all. The PRS report gives an overview of the research methodology, findings, conclusion and recommendations which have been shared with the key stakeholders in the field of basic education in The Gambia.
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