COSP10 side event: 'Promoting inclusion and equity for all in education'

We are pleased to be co-hosting a side event at the 10th Conference of the States Parties to the CRPD at the United Nations in New York on 15 June.

Promoting inclusion and equity for all in education

Event details:

  • Thursday June 15 2017, 10–11:30am.
  • Conference Room 12

Despite progress made towards ensuring access to inclusive education at all levels, children with disabilities, especially girls, continue to be disadvantaged in terms of school enrolment, education attainment and learning.

Only 10% of disabled children in developing countries go to school. 1% of disabled women worldwide are literate.  We've been working in Kenya to help over 2,100 disabled girls into education, training almost 700 teachers in 50 primary schools.

The World Bank, Leonard Cheshire Disability, the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) invite you to an event on 'Barriers to education for girls with disabilities' at the United Nations in New York.

Event highlights and issues to be discussed

  • Presentation of a global study by UNGEI and Leonard Cheshire Disability on the barriers faced by girls with disabilities in education.  It explores understanding of the additional barriers that girls with disabilities face in education; highlights effective and promising approaches and programs addressing the problem; examines gaps in evidence and makes recommendations. 
  • The World Bank briefs on the gaps between children with and without disabilities in access to education and identifies policies and programs aimed at promoting inclusion and equity in education systems to improve education outcomes for all children.
  • UNICEF booklets and webinars provide practical guidance on inclusive education with a focus on children with disabilities, by exploring specific concerns, policy and implementation issues including questions related to definition of disability and existing gaps in data collection. 


  • Nora Fyles, Head of UNGEI Secretariat
  • Quentin Wodon, Lead Economist, World Bank Group
  • Ola Abu Alghaib, Deputy Director, Leonard Cheshire Disability
  • Mark Waltham, Senior Adviser, UNICEF


  • Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, World Bank Group

International Sign Language interpretation and close captioning will be available.

For more information please email Ola Abu Alghaib.