Our understanding of inclusive and quality education corresponds with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 4. We know that only 10% of the children with disabilities on the African continent under the age of 14 attend school (World Bank, 2018).
Similarly, informal educational services, technical and vocational training, as well as online learning courses are often not accessible or poorly accessible for adults with disabilities. This significantly decreases their ability to acquire much-needed digital skills and other qualifications relevant to their employment prospects. As a result, on average only one in three persons with disabilities is employed (ILO, 2020).
Reasons for the exclusion of persons with disabilities in formal and informal education services are not restricted to physical and digital inaccessibility, but also include discrimination, lack of awareness, and the unaffordability of assistive technologies.