The current conditions of access to education for persons with disabilities in Colombia are alarming: 90% of them do not attend conventional education institutions. At the same time, while 85% of the general population of persons without disabilities between the ages of 6 and 11 years of age have access to education, only 27.4% of persons with disabilities in this age range have access, and only 5.4% of the persons with disabilities ever reach higher education. While 7% of the general population of Colombia is illiterate, in the case of the population of persons with disabilities, that figure reaches 25%[1].

 

This Human Rights Report brings together the experience and learning of Saldarriaga-Concha Foundation on inclusive education as an input for advancing the Right to Education of persons with disabilities by the Committee. It is essential that the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities make it its priority to advance in the writing of a General Comment on Article 24 of the CRPD. Furthermore, it is key that said General Comment go in-depth on the standardization of the normative content of Article 24 and that it shed light to the States parties on how their educational systems can respond to the necessities of the students with disabilities, show some examples of reasonable accommodations and measures of Universal Design for Learning in such a way as to move ahead globally on guaranteeing Human Rights.

 

[1] Cfr. Alfredo Sarmiento Gómez, Situación de la educación en Colombia. Preescolar, básica, media y superior. Una apuesta al cumplimiento del derecho a la educación para niños, niñas y jóvenes (Educación Compromiso de Todos, 2010).

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