Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Commission on Disabilities (KND) is urging collaboration between ministries to address the lack of access to education for school-aged children with disabilities and promote inclusive education.

KND commissioner Dante Rigmalia said on Friday that in 2022, only 4 percent of school-aged children with disabilities received formal education services.

"Collaboration between ministries, particularly the Education Ministry, is crucial to identify and address the educational needs of out-of-school children with disabilities," she said.

According to Rigmalia, one of the factors behind the lack of education access for children living with disabilities is the negative stigma around them, which also affects their family's perspective and how their family treats them.

Some families keep children with disabilities away from public spaces, including schools, because they are considered embarrassing and incapable.

Rigmalia emphasized the need for ministries and institutions to carry out campaigns and education regarding the obstacles and needs of children living with disabilities so that they can develop their potential and become independent in the future.

"We really hope the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology can continue to carry out analysis of the needs of people with disabilities as well as campaign for the importance of educational services for them," she said.

The commission has expressed the hope that, based on the analysis, affirmative educational services will be provided to children with severe disabilities that prevent them from participating in learning activities with others directly.

She said that children with severe disabilities or rare diseases must enjoy their right to education.

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Translator: Hana Dewi, Raka Adji
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