UNESCO. Education and Disability: Analysis of Data from 49 Countries (2018)



Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 calls for “inclusive and quality education for all”. Persons with a disability are among the population groups most likely to suffer from exclusion from education but data that permit an analysis of the links between disability and education remain scarce. This paper examines educational disparities linked to disability based on data from 49 countries and territories for five education indicators:

  • Proportion of 15- to 29-year-olds who ever attended school
  • Out-of-school rate (primary school age, lower secondary school age)
  • Completion rate (primary education, lower secondary education)
  • Mean years of schooling of the population 25 years and older
  • Adult literacy rate (population 15 years and older)