More than 70 academic experts, policymakers, education professionals, and disabled persons organizations (DPO’s) attended the conference and took part in interactive debates. The goal? Finding inspiration and gathering concrete ideas on how governments can create an inclusive education system.
The right to education is a right to inclusive education. This was clarified by Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Nevertheless, the implementation of Article 24 CRPD has been difficult so far and created a lot of uncertainty. There is a support base for inclusion, but we need innovative and concrete ideas on how governments can create an inclusive education system in practice. The main question is therefore:“ How can we advance the development of inclusive education, in a way that meets the needs of children, parents and teachers? ”
Els Keytsman (director of Unia) explains: “The conference resulted in several conclusions that participants agreed on:
The two-day conference is the starting point for further consultation with inclusion experts, persons with disabilities, teachers and other education professionals. Based on the conference outcomes, Unia will present concrete ideas and good practices to the government to help overcome obstacles in the development of an inclusive education system. Read more about the conference here.