2017 WISE Research #06
Inclusive Quality Education for Children with Disabilities
Inclusive quality education is integral to creating societies that are interconnected, based on values of social justice, equity of opportunities and freedom. Across the globe there is growing focus on providing inclusive quality education for all children, including those with disabilities. The Sustainable Development Goals make an explicit commitment to the education of children with disabilities, and other marginalized groups. Nevertheless, children with disabilities remain the most marginalized in educational systems across the world, more so in southern contexts. This report critically engages with existing knowledge in the fields of inclusive education and disability, drawing on international trends and recent developments. The report elucidates two contrasting country contexts, India and England, both with strong disability legislation, to highlight how vastly different systems have engaged with the education of children with disabilities and their current educational status. The analysis provides important reflections for mapping out future developments in both policy and practice. The report proposes the ‘three Rs model: rights, resources and research’, as a useful framework for advancing the debate on inclusive quality education.
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This report has been reviewed by
- Prof. Seamus Hegarty, Warwick University
- Dr. Clayton Keller, Keller Consulting, LLC.