Before the COVID-19 pandemic, children with disabilities, particularly girls, were less likely to be learning even if they were in school. Since 2020, school closures have led to a greater learning crisis, creating increased exclusion, marginalisation and poverty for children with disabilities and a growing digital divide.
Through our education work, we’ve shown that change is possible: when education systems are inclusive, children with disabilities can not only access school, but can learn alongside their peers and thrive.
Together with our global partners, we test and share ways to ensure inclusive education is embedded in education systems, and we call on national governments and those involved in global education to include them in policy.
Find out more in our education strategy
We’re looking at how children who are deafblind can use assistive technology to communicate.
We’re exploring how children with complex needs can be included in schools and learn with others.
Our research into why girls with disabilities are less likely to go to school is helping us develop strategies to tackle it.