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Half of the disabled school-age kids in world are kept out of school: Report
In an alarming fact, a report on Monday suggested that around half of the world's 65 million school-age kids with disabilities are kept out of the classroom because of the lack of money.
A charity organisation called 'Light for the World' that backed the research said that misinformation as well as stigma linked to disability along with a lack of information on the numbers of disabled kids has contributed to the problem.

"People don't see them (children with disabilities) as a worthy investment," said Nafisa Baboo, adviser for inclusive education at Light for the World to Reuters. "Many think for example that there's no point investing in their education as people with disabilities can't work."

The rights groups pointed out that huge amounts of potential income are being lost because pf lack of schooling and employment for people who have disabilities. "Children with disabilities are constantly left at the very back of the queue, and the impact on both individuals and economies can be disastrous," said Julia McGeown of Handicap International said in a statement.

Exclusion of children with disabilities is a key obstacle in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to ensure a quality education for all by 2030, as per the report by the International Disability and Development Consortium. In September, UNESCO too found the lack of funding into the education sector and suggested a decline in global aid to education.

New report urges governments to give education facilities to disabled kids within a mainstream system.

"Inclusive education can drastically reduce out-of-school populations, it can tackle discrimination in society, and it is considerably cheaper than segregated education," said Baboo.

"It's not just morally right, it's also a smart investment."

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