About the project:
The Covid-19 crisis is having a significant impact across the world. As of the first week of April 2020, UNESCO reported that 1.6 billion learners (nearly 9 out of 10 children) are out of school worldwide due to the school closures. Globally, almost all learners both in schools and universities have been affected by the pandemic. Currently, very little attention has been given to issues around educational equity. While it is too early to fully understand how the Covid-19 school closures are affecting children, there are already strong indications that it will have a lasting impact on increasing inequality and result in the further marginalization of children with disabilities.
Children living with disabilities have been among the world’s most vulnerable, and marginalized populations, and the Covid-19 crisis has further disrupted their lives and that of their families. However, currently we know very little about the type of opportunities available to support their learning, the impact this crisis is having on their wellbeing and the challenges their families are facing. As we plan for the future, actions will be needed to address the specific challenges that children with disabilities and their families are facing during and in the post-pandemic period. Within the project we are mindful of intersecting variables of gender, location (rural/urban), types of impairments, all of which influence the nature and impact of the opportunities made available to children.
The research will specifically address the following questions:
- How is Covid-19 impacting on the education of children with disabilities of primary school going age?
- What type of learning opportunities are being made available to children with disabilities?
- What support is needed for children with disabilities and their parents, teachers and head teachers to continue with their learning during and after the crisis?
Nidhi Singal, University of Cambridge
Shruti Taneja Johansson, University of Gothenburg
Niraj Poudyal, Kathmandu University
Asmaa Al-Fadala, World Innovation Summit for Education
Aemiro Tadesse, Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development