Young Voices speak at global education conference
7 July 2014
Young Voices campaigners Leroy from Guyana, Argie from the Philippines and Nicole from Kenya were in Brussels last week for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Replenishment Conference.
Leroy Phillips spoke on the opening panel about his experience growing up with a visual impariment in Guyana, telling the audience: ‘Acquiring an education wasn’t easy for me, as I faced intense discrimination because of my disability. There were no trained teachers or assistive technologies. At times I was ignored in the classroom altogether.’
Now a campaigner for inclusive education, Leroy went on to speak about the national Disability Act, which Guyana passed in 2010 — an act that will give thousands of children like him the opportunity to learn and succeed in life.
Following the panel session, Young Voices moderated a session on ‘Inclusive education for children with disabilities’. They read out the GPE's calls to action on inclusive education:
- End the invisibility and exclusion of children and young people with disabilities from education by improving data and evidence.
- Make education and learning accessible and relevant to for all.
- Work in partnership at local, national and international levels to champion inclusive education for all children and young people now and post-2015.