World Bank report on education for learners with disabilities in the COVID-19 context

COVID-19 requires a rethink of remote learning to ensure inclusion. Every child with and without disability needs to access and participate in learning that takes place within and away from the classroom.

Read more in the new World Bank report: Pivoting to Inclusion: Leveraging Lessons from the COVID-19 Crisis for Learners with Disabilities.

GCE Education in Emergency (EiE) Community of Practice (CoP)

Date: 1 December 2020.

Time: 4pm, Johannesburg.

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The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) invites you to an EiE CoP on promoting the right to education of people living with disabilities in emergency contexts.

This session aims to reflect on some of the critical challenges of securing the right to education for people living with disabilities in contexts of emergency and share best practices in responding to various crises, including climate and conflict crisis and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.


Sandrine Bohan-Jacquot, Humanity & Inclusion
Marine Sicre, Master in Risk Management.

Languages: English with French interpretation.

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UNESCO inclusive education online symposium

Title: Ensuring the right to quality inclusive education for persons with disabilities: From commitment to action.

Date: 25-27 November 2020.

Platform: Zoom.

Hosts: UNESCO, Leonard Cheshire, and the Ministry of Education of Portugal.

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This virtual symposium will run over 2.5 days and will follow a blended approach to enhance participation and involvement. It will include panellists from selected countries and organizations around the world.

Large-scale exclusion of children with disabilities remains the reality in many UNESCO Member States. An estimated 32 million, or 1 in 3 children, with disabilities are out of school.  In 2020, the large-scale exclusion of children with disabilities has been exacerbated by COVID-19.

The seminar will focus on the reasons for continued exclusion and inequitable educational provision experienced by children with disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on the impacts of distance learning for children with disabilities during COVID-19 as well as their transition back to the classrooms after an extended period of time at home. It will also explore how the inclusion of learners with disabilities in inclusive settings can be more effectively addressed by governments with regards to the commitments of Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the CRPD General Comment 4 on Article 24, and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.’

The symposium will be held in English, French and Spanish with simultaneous interpretation, also into international sign language. The symposium will be conducted through the Zoom webinar platform.

Read the full symposium agenda.

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‘Early Childhood Matters’ 2020 – Bernard van Leer Foundation

This year’s edition of Early Childhood Matters has been published. It contains articles on a wide range of early childhood topics. In addition to a strong focus on matters relating to Covid-19, various articles focus on inclusion and equality, such as:

  • Identity matters: addressing inequity starts in early childhood
  • Scaling-up mother tongue-based multilingual preschool education in Odisha
  • CanalCanoa: strengthening indigenous values to improve early childhood development
  • A pragmatic approach to expanding access to quality early learning for South Africa’s poorest children.

Download the 2020 edition in English and Spanish from the Bernard van Leer Foundation website.

Report launch: “Leave No Child Behind: Invest in the Early Years”

Date: Thursday, 19 November 2020.

Time: 08:30-10:00 EST / 13:30-15:00 GMT / 14:30-16:00 CET.

Platform: Zoom.

Languages: The event will be held in English, with French, Portuguese and International Sign interpretation. English captioning will be provided.

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Millions of children under the age of five in low- and middle-income countries are at high risk of not achieving their full potential. Marginalised children such as children with disabilities and developmental delays are even more excluded from services, although their developmental gains are the highest.

The research into the financing and implementation of inclusive early childhood development by ten donors examines case studies across 4 countries in sub-Saharan Africa (Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe) and shows severe gaps in services and funding.

The COVID-19 crisis is putting even higher strain on domestic and international resources, but funding for inclusive early childhood development cannot wait: It is essential to support young children’s development, and this development happens during a small time window between birth and the age of five.

Join leaders in the development field when they share the main findings and recommendations of the report. The panelists will also discuss how we all can contribute to fully inclusive, high-quality and equitable early childhood development systems.

Report and launch event co-sponsors:

Light for the World, Open Society Foundations Early Childhood Program, Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN), Global Campaign for Education (GCE) International and US, International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), International Disability Alliance (IDA).

Note: This is not an EENET event. Please contact the organisers directly with any queries.

Webinar: Launch ‘Unheard Children’ report, Deaf Child Worldwide

Date: Tuesday 1 December 2020.

Time: 1:30pm to 2:45pm GMT.

Platform: Zoom.

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This short event will introduce Deaf Child Worldwide’s report: ‘Unheard Children: championing deaf children’s rights to family, community, education and independence in developing countries’.

The report looks at the situation for deaf children in some of the world’s poorest communities. Presentations:

  • Director of Deaf Child Worldwide, Joanna Clark, will give a brief overview of the report, its findings and what action Governments, policy makers and international organisations can take.
  • You will hear from practitioners with lived experience working in South Asia and East Africa who will shine a spotlight on the challenges faced by many deaf children and how to build programmes that break down the barriers they face.
  • The Head of the Disability Inclusion Team at the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Penny Innes, will give an overview of what the UK government is doing to support disabled children around the world and what other organisations can learn from the programmes they have developed.
  • The event will close with a short panel discussion with the event’s participants.​​​​​​​


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** Deadline expired ** Inclusive Education Project Manager, Nepal – Humanity and Inclusion

Job title: Chief of Party (Reading For All – Inclusive Education Program)

Location: Nepal (Kathmandu with frequent field visits).

Duration: 18 months.

Starting date: January 2020.

Closing date for applications: 15 November 2020.

Read the full job details (Word document)

HI will lead an inclusive education project as part of a consortium. This project is testing inclusive education models for improving reading skills for children with disabilities from Grades 1 – 3, with the Nepal Government in 16 districts, with the aim of scaling it up for the National Early Grade Reading Programme of the Nepal Government.

Under the line management of the Operations Manager, the Inclusive Education Project Manager will serve as the primary point of contact with the donor of this project. They will be responsible for the overall implementation this inclusive education project, including financial and operational management.

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