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Education and Disability: Analysis of Data from 49 Countries (UIS Information Paper No. 49)
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Montreal | 2018 | 36 p.
Corporate author: 
Arab States
Asia and the Pacific
Europe and North America
Latin America and the Caribbean

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 calls for “inclusive and quality education for all”. Persons with a disability are among the population groups most likely to suffer from exclusion from education but data that permit an analysis of the links between disability and education remain scarce.
This paper examines educational disparities linked to disability based on data from 49 countries and territories for five education indicators:

  • Proportion of 15- to 29-year-olds who ever attended school

  • Out-of-school rate (primary school age, lower secondary school age)

  • Completion rate (primary education, lower secondary education)

  • Mean years of schooling of the population 25 years and older

  • Adult literacy rate (population 15 years and older)

Resource Type: 
Case studies and research papers
Human rights / Human dignity
Inclusive / Diversity
Sustainable development / Sustainability / Environmental
Level of education: 
Primary education
Secondary education


Disabled children; Disabled persons; Educational indicators; Educational statistics
Education for sustainable development; Adult literacy; Sustainable Development Goal 4; SDG 4