Our modern European societies are characterised by diversity: diversity of social background, of origin, of language, of potential. This diversity must be embraced and accommodated if we are to create more inclusive, cohesive and stable societies that can meet the needs of all their citizens.
This need, to accept the diversity of Europe’s citizens, extends to how we learn and the diverse range of learners’ support needs must be embraced to allow everyone to flourish. With this in mind, inclusive education must be a founding principle of any education system at all levels, to enable all learners, regardless of their support needs, to fulfil their full potential. Despite the large amount of International and European legislation supporting the right all children have to an inclusive education, the realisation of fully inclusive education systems is yet to happen across Europe.
EASPD, CECD Mira Sintra and its partners in the BEYOND project invite you to save the date for our upcoming conference 'Inclusive Education and BEYOND.’
Taking place online between 09:00 - 13:00 CET on 5th - 7th May, the conference will explore how we can build inclusive learning opportunities for persons with disabilities and the support and social care workforce.
Real time captioning in English and interpretation in Portuguese will also be available for those wishing to participate.
The conference will bring together all stakeholders, including service providers, learners with disabilities, teachers, parents and local authorities to:
· Take stock of the impact of COVID-19 on the education of learners with disabilities and lessons learnt;
· Discuss the way forward for inclusive education;
· Share promising practices and innovative tools for the achievement of inclusive education and the training of social care and support service staff;
· Together build on EASPD’s 2015 Salzburg Declaration to develop key recommendations for the achievement of inclusive education.