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Half of the World's Disabled Children Are Out of School

Categories: Articles:Human Rights | Published: 18/10/2016 | Views: 877
'hildren with disabilities are constantly left at the very back of the queue, and the impact on both individuals and economies can be disastrous'. At least half of the world's 65 million school-age children with disabilities are kept out of the classroom because little to no money is budgeted for their needs, disability rights groups said in a report on Monday 17/10/2016. (Zoe Tabary, Thomson Reuters Foundation)

Light for the World, a charity which supported the research, said stigma and misinformation surrounding disability as well as a lack of data on the numbers of disabled children contributed to the problem. "People don't see them (children with disabilities) as a worthy investment," Nafisa Baboo, adviser for inclusive education at Light for the World, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Many think for example that there's no point investing in their education as people with disabilities can't work." The rights groups said billions of dollars of potential income from the world's poorest countries are being lost through lack of schooling and employment for people who have disabilities. "Children with disabilities are constantly left at the very back of the queue, and the impact on both individuals and economies can be disastrous," Julia McGeown of Handicap International said in a statement.    Read more 
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