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If we can play sports with people with disabilities, why can’t we learn altogether?

This morning IBE Director, Ms Mmantsetsa Marope and the team for Innovation and Leadership in Curriculum and Learning led by Mr Renato Opertti, received a visit from the Special Olympics led by Mr. Evangelista, vice-president, and Ms. Van Wieringen, director of the Global Development and Government relations unit. The Special Olympics has been empowering children, youth and adults with disabilities for the past 47 years, believing in the transformative power of sports to foster confidence and improve health.


During the meeting on Tuesday they discussed a joint project on inclusive, quality education for the most marginalised – individuals with intellectual disabilities. The proposed collaboration will directly impact on the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) i.e. to "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all", and give effect to the Incheon declaration, which recognizes inclusion and equity as cornerstones of a transformative education agenda that seeks to address all forms of exclusion and marginalization.


Our commitment to education is aligned with our belief that sport is a way to create a safe space where fundamental values and learning can take place.