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People with disabilities


More than one billion people around the world, of whom nearly 93 million are children, live with some form of disability. Societies᾽ misperception of different forms and types of disability and the limited capacity of social actors to accommodate special needs often place people on the margin. Persons with disabilities experience inequalities in their daily lives, and have fewer opportunities to access a quality education that takes place in an inclusive environment.

UNESCO supports various international Human Rights Treaties and Conventions that uphold the right to education of all persons, including Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1946), the Convention against Discrimination in Education (1960), the Convention on the Rights of the Child  (1989), and Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006).

Through a rights-based approach, UNESCO promotes inclusive education policies, programmes and practices to ensure equal education opportunities for persons with disabilities. Some areas of actions include:

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