Listen to recordings of the sessions:
Rebuilding a Stronger Global Disability Inclusive Education System post COVID-19.https://youtu.be/iLuFDY76TwY
Addressing inclusive education is of utmost priority if we want to meet the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is even more urgent in the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is considerably hampering equal opportunities for educational progress and lifelong learning. Out of all vulnerable groups, persons with disabilities are most at risk of exclusion and marginalisation within society and more specifically in educational settings.
The international symposium on Ensuring the right to quality inclusive education for persons with disabilities: From commitment to action, co-organized by UNESCO, the Leonard Cheshire, and the Ministry of Education of Portugal, is an unique opportunity to bring together a wide range of stakeholders across the globe to discuss progress, successes achieved and challenges to ensure full participation and access to quality learning opportunities for all learners.
The symposium will:
- review persisting, as well as new challenges, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that are hindering the fulfilment of the right to inclusive education for learners with disabilities.
- facilitate the exchange of experiences on factors influencing successful inclusive policies and practices for learners with disabilities and strengthen dialogue and cooperation amongst stakeholders at policy and practice levels.
- explore how the inclusion of learners with disabilities in inclusive settings can be more effectively addressed by governments with regards to the commitments of Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the CRPD General Comment 4 on article 24, and Sustainable Development 4 SDG 4, to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.’