Advocating for quality inclusive education at the United Nations

Watch Daniela Gissara of Perkins School for the Blind, speak on the power of quality inclusive education at the United Nations COSP16 event.

Inclusion is not only a better experience for children with disabilities; it is a better experience for every child in the classroom.

– Daniela Gissara

On June 13th, 2023 at the United Nations in New York City, Daniela Gissara, the Assistant Director of International partnerships for Perkins School for the Blind, spoke on the central theme of inclusive education. Her global perspective, expertise, and passion for the field of education inspires us all to continue advocating for a world where every child belongs.

Ensuring inclusive education requires teamwork

Despite the many actions that have been taken, learners with disabilities are among those at highest risk of being excluded. And there is an urgent need to accelerate efforts and action to ensure they are not left behind.

At the margins of the Conference of State Parties (CoSP) to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN-CRPD), this event entitled ” Inclusive Education: an imperative for advancing human rights and sustainable development,” is a contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 4 on ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.

The event was co-hosted by UNESCO, Inclusion International, and the Permanent Missions of Colombia and Portugal to the United Nations. Co-sponsors were The World Bank, the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the International Disability Alliance, the International Disability and Development Consortium, the Global Action on Disability Network, and, of course, Perkins School for the Blind.

Watch the full recording of the event.

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