BY CHIKA IZUORA, Lagos
The World Bank has expressed more commitment towards boosting capacity of People Living with Disabilities, (PWD), saying this prompted its recent launch of a Trust Fund to support Disability-Inclusive Education in Africa, with funding from USAID.
According to the World Bank in a report obtained by our correspondent in Lagos, with fewer than 10 per cent of children with disabilities in Africa attending school, the $3 million Trust Fund seeks to increase access for education among children with disabilities by building knowledge and capacity across the region.
The Bank explained that this is one of its growing number of projects and initiatives focused on promoting mainstreaming of disability-inclusive education.
The Bank said one of its priorities for coming years is to build a stronger knowledge base on initiatives that work, while also helping countries to design and implement inclusive education strategies.
As one of the leading organizations on the issue of disability inclusion in development, the World Bank actively participates in important gatherings such as the 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD, at the United Nations in New York.
The Bank also hosted side events, and contribute to a range of discussions relevant to disability inclusion, such as disruptive technologies, disability data, and the upcoming UN Flagship Report on Disability and Development.
Imagine a society where all children have access to education that allows them to lead value-creating and enriching lives, where all children are educated together and have come to appreciate each other’s potential, and where the life of a child with disability can be fundamentally changed with good education”, the Bank said.
In 2015, the world committed to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”