‘IE+’: Promoting positive attitudes and evidence-based policy for inclusive education
'Promoting positive attitudes and evidence-based policy for inclusive education' (IE+) is a Erasmus + funded project which aims to provide decision-makers (policy-makers and education providers) with the information, training and tools that allow for evidence based policy making. Through these activities the project will facilitate not only adequate policy frameworks but also their real implementation, with a special focus on the transition from segregated to inclusive education settings.
What will we do?
This project partnership is convinced that the goal of inclusive education is achievable. However, essential conditions and incentives that will make inclusive education a reality are missing. These conditions are:
- A shift of economic support from segregated to mainstream education providers;
- Teacher and staff training to raise awareness and understanding of the concepts and advantages of IE and universal design, and
- A reform of the educational system based on more flexible curricula leading to more flexible certifications adapted to the needs of everyone. The methods used to measure success and failure in schools should be redefined to allow the learner to express his competencies in the most appropriate way.
To address these issues and achieve its aim the IE+ project will:
- Conduct research to calculate the economic and social benefits of IE (link to Social return on investment and Quality of Life),
- Create a learning and training framework directly involving education providers and public authorities to provide evidence and training opportunities which will enable decision makers to develop polices which facilitate the transition towards inclusive education.
- Set-up of different National Network Groups (NNG) of experts on Inclusive Education
The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) is a wide European network which represents around 15.000 services across Europe and across disabilities. The main objective of EASPD is to promote the equalisation of opportunities for people with disabilities (through effective and high quality service systems. The work of the organisation is based on the three interconnected pillars of Impact (European Policy), Innovation (Research & Development as well as implementation of international projects) and Information (for the members).
The European Association of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families Inclusion Europe has 67 members in 37 European countries. Inclusion Europe represents the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their families throughout Europe. Started in 1988, Inclusion Europe fight for equal rights and full inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in all aspects of life. As a European association they work in the many different areas which their members have identified as important to them: Inclusion Europe provide for the exchange of knowledge across Europe, support their members, and influence European policies.
At Ghent University the Department of Special Needs Education has a focus on Inclusive Education in teaching research and service to the community.
The first University of Salamanca’s Institute on Community Integration (INICO) is composed of interdisciplinary professionals that lead activities linked to training, research and counseling in the field of disability and special educational needs with the aim of easing and enhancing the quality of life and self-determination of people living at social disadvantages in different contexts and throughout their life cycle.
The National Association of Resource Teachers in Bulgaria (NART) is a national NGO umbrella for professionals working for full and quality integration, inclusion and education of children with different abilities and needs in mainstream education. Their goal is to promote the continuous improvement of quality education and social services in support of integration and inclusion of all children in Bulgaria. The specialists who are members of NART are working with more than 15 000 children and young people with special needs across the country.
Kentro Koinonikis Frontidas Atomon Me Noitiki Ysterisi (ESTIA) is a recognised Charity overseen by the Ministry of Health & Social Solidarity in Greece. ESTIA was founded in 1982 by parents of children with intellectual children. ESTIA specialises in providing support and care to people with intellectual disabilities from 15 years of age with the aim of improving quality of life and supporting inclusion into the community.
C.E.C.D. Mira Sintra - Centro de Educação para o Cidadão com Deficiência, C.R.L. (Education Centre for Persons with Disability) is a Cooperative for Social Solidarity, a non-profit organisation and was recognized by the Government as an organization of Public Utility. At the present, provides services for more than 2.000 people, since toddlers, children, youth and adults who need specialised support, due to problems in their development and/or deficits in academic, work or social performance.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Erasmus+ under grant agreement No. 2017-3338/001-001.