Two new data resources launched today focus on people with disabilities who are so often disadvantaged and ‘invisible’ when it comes to education. Excluded and uncounted, they are often missing not only from the world’s classrooms, but also from education data.
First, a new database developed by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) captures the severe educational challenges faced by people with disabilities. The database confirms that they are less likely to ever go to school, more likely to be out of school and have fewer years of education than people without disabilities.
They are far less likely to complete primary or secondary education or gain basic literacy skills, and women with disabilities are less likely to have had a formal education than men with disabilities – marginalized not only by their disability but also by their gender.
Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the database is accompanied by a detailed background analysis on 49 countries that looks more closely at the findings and the methodological issues around data on disability and education.
Both the data and its analysis featured prominently in the most recent UN flagship Disability and Development Report, published in June this year.