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29.11.2016 - Education Sector

How to improve education and training for work for people with disabilities?


Children and young people with disabilities often leave education and training earlier than other groups and are overrepresented in the population of those who are not in education, employment or training.

In developed and developing countries, people of working age with disabilities experience significantly higher rates of unemployment and economic inactivity, and are less likely to have access to sufficient social protection.

In recognition of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, UNESCO and Leonard Cheshire Disability are convening a panel discussion on Inclusive Education and Training for Inclusive Labour Markets on 2 December at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.

The panel discussion, aligned with the 2016 theme of the Day “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”, will address the key role of inclusive education and training for persons with disabilities, and innovative policies, programmes and practices that expand access to education, skills development and inclusive labour markets.

Potential of green and digitised economy

The event will explore what needs to be done to improve education and training programmes to make them more inclusive, how to tackle gender inequalities in access to education, skills development programmes and the labour market, and the potential of the new green and digitised economy to promote more inclusive and accessible markets.

Highlights will include a presentation by Global Head of Influencing and Learning, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Ola Abu Alghaib and a high-level panel discussion on Digital Empowerment for Persons with Disabilities. This will be followed by the award ceremony for the UNESCO/Emir Jaber-al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

The United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and on the Rights of the Child, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - including Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 on education and SDG 8 on inclusive economic growth, employment and decent work- stipulate clear obligations to promote equal opportunities for persons with disabilities in education, training, employment and work.

To confirm participation please contact Florence Migeon f.migeon(at)unesco.org and Josephine Leblanc j.leblanc(at)unesco.org

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