Promoting Global Action Week 2014, YPSA organized discussion meeting on Equal Right Equal Opportunity: Education and Disability at YPSA HRDC Sictakund Campus with the support of ActionAid Bangladesh. Global Action Week is a worldwide annual campaign organized by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) to raise awareness of the importance of Education for All.
“Equal Right Equal Opportunity: Education and Disability” is the theme of this year’s Global Action Week. The campaign aims to raise awareness of how a disability can seriously harm a child’s chances of going to school and learning.
More than one billion people around the world, of whom nearly 93 million are children, live with some form of disability. In most low- and middle-income countries, children with disabilities are more likely to be out of school than any other group of children; even if they do attend school, children living with disabilities are often more likely to drop out and leave school early. In some countries, having a disability can more than double the chance of a child not being in school, compared to their non-disabled peers. It is, therefore, unsurprising that in many countries children with disabilities make up the vast majority of those out of school. For those children with disabilities who actually manage to enter classrooms, the quality and form of schooling received – often in segregated schools – can act to powerfully compound exclusion from the mainstream and confirm pre-existing societal notions about disability.
Mr. Newaz Mahmud, Program Officer of YPSA presented the keynote paper while Mr. Nurssafa, Sitkund Upazila Primary Education Officer was present as chief guest in the meeting. Educationalist, journalists, students, parents and leaders of DPOs participated in the meeting.