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Jessica Hardy and Samina Begum are the 2016 Young Ambassadors for the Send My Friend to School campaign. They’ve just returned from Kenya with Deaf Child Worldwide where they investigated the educational barriers for deaf children.
Worldwide 124 million children, aged 5-15 are out of school. Children with disabilities make up a large proportion of these children, and they often find it really hard to access the education that is their right.
In Kenya, it is estimated that as few as 1 in 6 children with disabilities are in school. However, the new Global Goals agreed last year now include a focus on ‘inclusive and equitable education for all’.
Click here to read their Kenya diaries in which they explain the situation for some of the pupils they met and highlight the task ahead for the Kenyan government and world leaders.
You can also read all about their trip in an article in today’s Guardian newspaper, by Susanna Rustin, ‘Failure is accepted’: Kenya reflects the challenges deaf pupils face worldwide, which reflects on the challenges faced by young people who are deaf in accessing education.