This global report on inclusive education presents the work and views of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) on how to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) – ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all – in compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), especially respecting its Article 24 on the rights of all learners with disabilities. The report was developed as part of IDA’s Inclusive Education Flagship initiative, a component of the Disability Catalyst Programme funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
Led by the IDA Inclusive Education Task Team and informed by the experience of national Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), it is based on an analysis of the current global trends with regard to inclusive education. It considers inclusive education as an ingredient of social transformation, which can lead to societies that better embrace the diversity of their citizens. This report centrally integrates and builds on the consensus position developed by IDA members on strategic orientations that must guide the reform of the education sector, presenting a commonly agreed, cross-disability perspective, which hopefully can inform disability rights advocacy in the area of education.