Implementing Inclusive Education

A Commonwealth Guide to Implementing Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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Inclusion in education is a process of enabling all children to learn and participate effectively within mainstream school systems, without segregation. It is about shifting the focus from altering disabled people to fit into society to transforming society, and the world, by changing attitudes, removing barriers and providing the right support.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires the development of an inclusive education system for all. This revised and expanded second edition of Implementing Inclusive Education examines the adoption of the Convention and provides examples, both through illustrated case studies and on the accompanying DVDs, of how inclusive education systems for all children have been established in pockets throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.

The message is clear: it can be done. The task is now to implement inclusive education worldwide.



Developing and Implementing Policy Internationally

In this chapter a range of the key players in the development of inclusive education at an international level are introduced, and their roles and perspectives are examined. Important here is the growing role of disabled people and their representative organisations. The International Disability Alliance and the Disability Rights Fund are very important. The new United Nations Multi-Donor Trust Fund, which will commence in early 2012, should give a real boost to capacity-building projects and the involvement of disabled people in implementing the UNCRPD.


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