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Basmah isn't going to school. She has Down syndrome, and like thousands of children with disabilities in Lebanon, she isn't getting an education.Lebanon passed a law in 2000 that guaranteed the right to education for children with disabilities and barred schools from discriminating against them. Based on international estimates, Lebanon could have around 40,000 children aged 5 to 14 – the country's age for compulsory education – who have disabilities.The Education Ministry should provide inclusive education in all its schools in a way that achieves maximum inclusion of children with disabilities in mainstream schools, including through adapting school curricula to cater to all learning needs in a classroom and through adequate teacher training.Eighteen years after passing a law on the rights of people with disabilities, Lebanon needs to take serious and concrete steps to end discrimination in school admissions and ensure that all children can realize their right to a quality education.
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