Malala Yousafzai wants to hear inspiring stories from deaf pupils

Global education advocate Malala Yousafzai is supporting a campaign to raise awareness about the challenges faced by children with hearing loss.

There are an estimated 34 million children worldwide affected by hearing loss, including 50,000 in the UK. Deafness is not a learning disability and yet educational outcomes are often worse for these children.

Globally, many children with hearing loss and deafness simply do not receive schooling. This problem is exacerbated in many parts of the world where millions of children – especially girls – already face significant barriers to education.

In the UK, 80 per cent of deaf children attend mainstream schools. Deaf children fall an average of a grade behind their hearing class-mates at GCSE and just 41 per cent achieve two A levels or equivalent by the age of 19, compared to 65 per cent of other young people. In 2020, GCSE results show that the average score for deaf pupils was a grade 4, compared to a grade 5 for hearing children.

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