Around the world, only 2% of children with disabilities receive an education and this is often in a specialised school. As we know that there is a link between poverty and education, we quickly realise that, beyond the cold figures, these children must prepare for a difficult future. This is why Handicap International wants them, as well as other children, to have the chance to go to school.
Our teams have to face a number of obstacles: special care for persons with disabilities is not necessarily a priority for the authorities; there are no accessible institutions and schools that are able to meet the needs of a disabled child are rare or far away; parents often cannot afford to send their child to school or they do not see why a child with a disability should go to school - what would he do there? What’s more, people’s beliefs about disability in some regions also present a major hurdle.