This Universal Children’s Day, help all kids with disabilities get a good start in life!

Research “Leave No Child Behind” reveals, governments are falling short on their commitments to protect millions of children with a disability around the world. Read Nourou's story.
Abdou Nourou aus Burkina Faso - Credit: LIGHT FOR THE WORLD

All around the world, millions of children – like Nourou, whose story you can read below – are shut out from school and struggling, because of a disability.

We can no longer tolerate a world where children with disabilities miss out on education!

This Universal Children’s Day, join us in calling on governments to help all children get a good start in life. Sign the petition now.

Light for the World is excited to be partnering with leading activist organization Global Citizen, as well as the Global Campaign for Education - USECDAN and the International Disability and Development Consortium, to call on major donor governments to make urgently-needed investments to help end marginalization and poverty faced by kids with disabilities, and to fund disability-inclusive early childhood development programs.

As our research “Leave No Child Behind” – funded by the Early Childhood Programme by the Open Society Foundations - reveals, governments are falling way short on their commitments.

 Mother and Son

Nourou's story

This is four-year-old Nourou. He was born with cerebral palsy. His mother feared for his future; and his chances of schooling were slim. But thankfully Nourou received early intervention. He can now reach his development potential. Globally, millions of young children like Nourou face multiple layers of discrimination in the most crucial early years of their life. 

Under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and also within the Sustainable Development goals governments are dutybound to provide universal access to essential early years services.

"Sadly, the majority of babies and toddlers at risk of developmental delays and with disabilities and developmental delays (and their caregivers), do not receive early childhood development services, despite the irrefutable scientific evidence that it can dramatically improve their future lives and learning outcomes. It’s the soundest and wises investment governments can make, yielding up to 17 USD return on investment.”

Nafisa Baboo

-Light for the World’s director for Inclusive Education, Nafisa Baboo

But there is evidence that investing in young children yields positive returns in education, health and productivity, and is, therefore, a sound investment for every government. ECD is also affordable. An additional 50 cents per person annually is all it costs for ECD to be incorporated into existing services. Despite evidence of high returns and affordability, many governments are falling short of their commitments to young children. Most giving 1% or less of education aid to early learning. Therefore our research shows that it is key to promote a better understanding of ECD amongst donors governments and recipient countries.

We are calling now to all governments to make inclusive ECD a reality, leave no child behind!

The summary report and 10 donor advocacy briefs of Belgium, Germany, Canada, UK, France, EU, USAID, UNICEF, World Bank and GPE can be found here for ODA advocacy, recipient country profiles for national advocacy, and a user-friendly checklist to support the design of inclusive ECD programmes that seek to support the most marginalised children


Summary Report

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 Happy Universal Children’s Day!