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Moving Towards Inclusive Approaches to Learning

As the 2015 target date for achieving the Millennium Development and Education for All (EFA) goals approaches, efforts must be increased to eliminate every barrier to educational opportunities.

According to the EFA Global Monitoring Report 2013/4 Teaching and Learning: Achieving quality for all, we are facing a “learning crisis” due to lack of access and poor quality education. Too many learners are still being excluded or pushed out of their education systems.

Inclusive education, a process that involves the transformation of schools and other centres of learning to cater for the diverse needs of all children and adults – boys and girls, students from ethnic and linguistic minorities, rural populations, those affected by HIV and AIDS, and those with disabilities – is the foundation of quality EFA. Implementing inclusive approaches to learning often involves critically examining the mindsets, cultures, policies, practices and processes of both teaching and learning, among other educational inputs.

The International Bureau of Education will join UNESCO Headquarters to sponsor an International Expert Meeting, Moving towards inclusive approaches to learning: Addressing learners’ diverse expectations and needs, 19 to 20 June 2014 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. The meeting, which commemorates the 20th Anniversary of the World Conference on Special Needs Education in Salamanca, Spain, will assess inclusive approaches to learning in light of 2015 and develop an inclusive social agenda focused on personalized learning processes going forward. Leading inclusion specialists from across the world will review UNESCO policy guidelines with the goal of strengthening the agency’s knowledge production and advocacy in this crucial area.

For more information:

Senior Programme Specialist