At more than a billion mark, Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) represent 15 percent of the world’s population. Approximately 190 million have severe forms of disabilities, causing significant difficulties in functioning. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), disability is an umbrella term covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. Seen from a larger prism, disability is not just a health problem. It is a complex phenomenon. PwDs are among the most marginalised groups, and are more likely to experience adverse socioeconomic outcomes.
PwDs encounter a range of barriers like inaccessibility to transport facilities, lack of infrastructural support, difficulty in access to buildings, roads, and markets, unfavourable public attitudes, and societal prejudices. Disabled people often face unreasonable stigma and social exclusion.
The Flexible Learning Strategies for Out of School Children programme is a UNESCO initiative with the aim of supporting inclusive and quality education for every child in the region. Our goal is to reach the remaining and most vulnerable 5% of children with no access to education in the region and support quality improvements in learning for every child.
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