A shortage of education opportunities for children with disabilities in Nigeria

|Source: Devex|
Two girls take care of their younger siblings in Nigeria. Credit: GPE/Kelley Lynch

A 2017 report in 19 middle- and low-income countries on inclusive education by the World Bank and GPE concluded that 3 in 10 children with disabilities have never enrolled in school. Educational plans in these countries most likely do not address the needs of those with disabilities, pushing them further to the margins of society.

In Nigeria, a country with the highest number of out-of-school children in the world, determining the percentage of children with learning disabilities is next to impossible because official data is nonexistent. The national policy on education endorses inclusive and free education for people with special needs, but the government has yet to deliver on that commitment. Advocates are fighting to raise awareness about learning disorder but instructional materials on inclusive education are scarce and a lot needs to be done to sensitize teachers.

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Two girls take care of their younger siblings in Nigeria. Credit: GPE/Kelley Lynch
Sub-Saharan Africa: Nigeria

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