There is a vast difference between what we know about education and how our schools work. We think it's time to re-think the equality in schooling opportunities.
Education is important for all of us. A human right in itself, access to inclusive and adaptable education enables all children in the world to further employment, participation in the society and universal human rights values. Nevertheless, because of structural problems, not all of us had access to quality education.
Central – Eastern european countries are an example of this problem, as they share similar economical and political structures and history. Latin-American ones share the same issues as well. Children and their families from various backgrounds (socially disadvantaged, with different ethnic or language background or having a disability) in these countries face numerous obstacles in accessing equal and quality education. Often, those children are streamed to a segregated and inferior education. Our organizations draw attention to this problem and want to share good practice in and case studies of inclusion-oriented school practice.
We, the participating organizations, decided to take part in this project because we found out that even though we live in different parts of the planet, we share core problems in our education systems. Because of the set of differences and similarities, we can learn from each other and also support each others’ work.
Together we want to promote inclusive and equal education for all children.
Inclusive education refers to the possibility of a school to provide quality education and equal access for all children, regardless of their diversities. At the same time, inclusion refers to the process of democratization in education, which implies including pupils from marginalized groups into and within the education system.
The project aims to improve education quality and equity identifying, creating and establishing a pilot model of inclusive schools, analysing their practices and disseminating the results and methodology. The project will be implemented in three stages. In the first stage we will identify and analyse effective inclusive school models – their organisational culture and methods.
In the second stage, each country will develop different strategies to use the results based on their areas of expertise and country specific context. The Argentinean team will focus on the uses of these experiences to improve teacher training; the Mexican team will focus on strengthening teacher training programs; the Romanian team will focus on dissemination and awareness-raising ; and the Slovak team will focus on the sharing of experiences via this website.
In the third and last stage, we will work jointly in order to share the experiences, to make a comparison at the country and regional level and to integrate the results in a joint publication.
The project “Inclusive Schools – Learn and Live togethe rin Democracy” has been funded by the Open Society Foundations.