Last update: February 2022 | Next update: May 2023

Education provides children with the knowledge and skills they need to grow and prosper, creating well-being, pathways to future opportunities and healthier lives. Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG) has put quality education for all children at the center of the global development agenda. Two SDG targets (4.5 and 4.a) specifically focus on ensuring equal participation in education for children with disabilities. Despite this widespread agreement on the importance of education, children with disabilities are still falling behind. They are more likely to have never attended school or to drop out due to multiple barriers, including stigma, lack of trained teachers, inadequate learning materials and inaccessible facilities. This can be compounded by negative beliefs about the capabilities of children with disabilities.