Education is a fundamental part of our lives, as it not only serves as a way to develop and fully deploy our skills and competences, but it also promotes the personal and social development of learners. The creation of a high-quality education system is therefore crucial, so that everyone has equal opportunities to partake in our society. Unfortunately, despite the benefits of inclusive education, mainstream education still remains largely inaccessible for many learners with disabilities across Europe.
Via its research into the state of inclusive education in Europe, the IE+ project has identified a number of common barriers preventing the realisation of inclusive education. These barriers include: the prevalence of poor attitudes towards disability and inclusion; the persistence of the medical model of disability; the continuation of two simultaneous education systems (both mainstream and segregated) as well as lack of hard data to monitor the progress of inclusion. Although education is a competence of the Member States, the European Union still plays a key role in supporting the accomplishment of inclusive education across the continent.
This event will bring together EU representatives, civil society and those working in the field of education, to together discuss the way forward for inclusive education and how together a high-quality inclusive education can become a reality for all learners.
Join the panel discussion on 8th June 2020 from 14h00 to 15h30 CEST to learn more about how such goal can be achieved and what recommendations stemmed from the IE+ project.
Note to editors
The 'Promoting positive attitudes and evidence-based policy for inclusive education' (IE+) project, is a three-year Erasmus+ Project which aims to provide decision-makers (policymakers and education providers) with the information, training and tools that allow for evidence-based policy making for inclusive education. Working with partners in Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain, Greece and Portugal, the project has conducted research into the common barriers hindering the transition towards inclusion, before developing and implementing a training for decision-makers that can enable them to create evidence-based policies to overcome these challenges. To find out more about the project, click here