This blog was written by HKI’s Director of Communications after a recent field visit to Indonesia.
Most of us living in the United States take the freedom and ability to attend school for granted. Over the past 100 years, great strides have been made to ensure that all children, regardless of who they are or where they come from, have access to public education, as well as the opportunity to learn and grow through all that it offers.
However, for many children living with disabilities in other parts of the world this is not the case. In fact, of the estimated 1.5 million children in Indonesia who live with disabilities, fewer than 4% have access to any educational services. Historically, Indonesia offered very few options for students with special needs children. If one of these schools was too far for a small child to commute to every day, that child often stayed home and received no formal education at all.