2 The Current situation, challenges and opportunities

“UN Millennium Development Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education
Target 1: Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling”

Children with disabilities have to combat blatant educational exclusion. Of the 75 million children of primary school age worldwide who are out of school, one-third are children with disabilities.37 UNESCO estimates that 90 per cent of children with disabilities in developing countries do not attend school.38 In total, an estimated 186 million children with disabilities worldwide have not completed their primary school education.39 Thus, children with disabilities make up the world’s largest and most disadvantaged minority in terms of education.40