Leonard Cheshire supports DFID call for greater focus on disability in international development

6 December 2016

Priti Patel visiting at Randall CloseFollowing the latest calls — this time made by the UK’s International Development (DFID) Secretary of State Priti Patel MP — to prevent disabled people being ‘left behind’, Ola Abu Alghaib, Leonard Cheshire’s global head of influencing, said:

‘Leonard Cheshire Disability looks forward to contributing to DFID’s commitment to reaching the poorest and most excluded.

‘Millions of disabled children are currently prevented from learning alongside their non-disabled peers because of the limited supply of disability inclusive teaching materials and accessible school buildings, compounded by stigma in some regions.

‘There is an urgent need to increase global education funding, in order to achieve a free quality education for all.’

Leonard Cheshire — which runs inclusive education programmes in India, Kenya and Zambia — is on track to support 100,000 disabled people into school or work in the five years to 2020. 

Both Ms Patel and Ms Alghaib delivered speeches in Parliament yesterday to mark the UN’s international day of disabled people.

The event was organised by the BOND Disability and Development Group, a coalition of UK-based development organisations who champion disability development and improved data monitoring.

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