During the conference, the enormous potential of inclusive education both for persons with disabilities and for all learners was emphasised. However it was recognised that there is still much to be improved to achieve truly inclusive education, both in Europe and in developing countries. In particular, the importance of putting in place the right support to make inclusion real was highlighted by all speakers. In other words, it is crucial to ensure quality of education for all, not just looking at the question who can make it physically to the class room. Another aspect in the debate was the visibility of persons with disabilities in society. This is the precondition for increasing the believe within societies at large that inclusion can work and that persons with disabilities are part of the human diversity of a community and a country.
Creating Opportunities through Inclusive Education
On 23 September 2014, CBM spoke at the Open-up! workshop on inclusive education. Lars Bosselmann, Advocacy Manager at the CBM EU Liaison Office, presented and discussed opportunities provided by the European Union under its new Development Cooperation Instrument. Education is a key component of this 7-year programme, but it is up to NGOs to ensure that the inclusion aspect is strengthened.
This workshop was organised by GCE-Netherlands, The Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development, Gushi Foundation, Edukans and War Child Holland and brought together 40 participants from NGOs who are working in the area of education. The aim of the conference was to identify good practices in implementing inclusive education in a development context, but also how this crucial work can be suppported by development actors such as the European Union.
Lars believes that “the key to make
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