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. A critical message of this report is that an inclusive education system is the only way to achieve SDG 4 for all children – including children and youth with disabilities – whomever and wherever they are. Inclusive education requires an educational transformation, which is unachievable if it is considered an add-on to existing education systems rather than a basis for educational transformation.
The report aims to inform education sector stakeholders of the priorities agreed by the disability rights movement, and to equip disability activists and their allies with essential messages and recommendations to unify and strengthen advocacy towards effective and accelerated reforms of the education sector. The 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.