Our Opinion Matters - Perspective of Boys, Girls and Adolescents on Discrimination and Barriers to Inclusive Education

Recognizing the multiple obstacles to Inclusive Education in Latin America – identified through various studies– UNICEF Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office (UNICEF LACRO) and Inclusion International (II) developed an innovative process of participatory research, that collects and analyzes qualitative information from the perspective of boys and girls and adolescents with and without disabilities and their families on the barriers that male and female students with disabilities face in the framework of inclusive education. Consistent with the CRPD and General Comment 4, the study conceptualized Inclusive Education as the best way to educate all the citizens of a country, including those who have disabilities.

This right has been recognized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Salamanca Statement, the Dakar Framework for Action: Education for All, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and General Comment No. 4 of the CRPD.

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