[Position paper] Special Olympics: Global state of inclusion in education

In a call to action, Special Olympics is challenging governments around the world to demonstrate their stated commitments to inclusive education policies by allocating three percent of their education funding to high-quality, evidence-based inclusionary practices that fully integrate students with learning disabilities into school communities.

People with learning disabilities represent three percent of the population. Allocating three percent of education budgets to develop programmes that foster social inclusion is an indisputably fair starting point for governments to ensure their inclusive policies are translated to practices that create truly inclusive school communities.

In their 2023 brief “Global State of Inclusion in Education”, they advocate to expand educators’ and policymakers’ understanding of how the vision of international inclusive education is falling short of including all learners, no matter their identity, background, or ability.

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