Toyin Aderemi-Ige

Leaving no one behind in education – a focus on children with disabilities

On the occasion of the International Children’s Day, 20th November 2020, the online lecture will shed light on the educational situation of children with disabilities in low and middle income countries and discuss the way forward to accelerate inclusion. Join LIVE our #KAPTalks with Toyin Aderemi. The event will be fully online. Join us on 20th November at 15:00 CET / 14:00 GMT. Register here.

Friday 20.11.2020

1 in 20 children under 14 years old has a disability worldwide. Children with disabilities have an equal right to an inclusive, quality and free primary and secondary education.  However, education systems and services worldwide are failing to meet this right, both in terms of access and quality of education. Not only children with disabilities have lower rates of enrolment in education, but also higher dropout rates, with poor levels of attendance, progression and learning.

This lecture will shed light on the educational situation of children with disabilities in low and middle income countries, highlighting how the interaction of multiple discriminatory factors (like gender and disability) results in increased exclusion. The 2030 Agenda sets the commitment to “leave no one behind” and its Sustainable Development Goal 4 calls to ensure inclusive and quality education for all. However, 10 years away from the 2030 deadline, children with disabilities are still significantly excluded from education and, consequently, from life’s opportunities. It is time to step-up concrete actions that place the child at the center and tackle barriers in different sectors, recognizing that the realization of the rights of the children and their wellbeing is a matter of shared responsibility.

When: 20th November 2020 at 15:00 CET / 14:00 GMT (check time around the world).

Where: online on Zoom. Register here.

You can join the lecture by:

  • connecting via Zoom platform to the lecture and ask your questions to the speaker
  • following livestreaming from the event at
  • asking your questions to speaker via Twitter using #KAPTalks hashtag

Real-time captioning service will be available: as speakers and participants will take the floor, a written text will appear on video, in order to break down communication barriers that exist for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or whose native language is not English.

If the room is full and you can’t register or enter the event, follow live streaming at

The event will be moderated by Dr. Harlan Koff of the Luxembourg University.

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Catherine Léglu, Vice-rector for Academic Affairs, University of Luxembourg
  • Julia McGeown, Global Education Specialist, Handicap International
  • Graham Lang, Chief of Education at Education Cannot Wait

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Dr. Toyin Aderemi-Ige has a background in public health, with expertise in disability-inclusion, and a PhD in Behavioural Medicine. Toyin was left unable to walk due to contracting polio in her childhood. Her mother used to carry her on her back to and from school until she got her first wheelchair at age 16. She is the first person in a wheelchair to study and practice pharmacy in Nigeria. She is an experienced development practitioner and researcher, working to influence government and development policies for social inclusion. She currently works as the UNRWA Disability Advisor seconded by Handicap International.

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