Isolation from information marginalises and further impoverishes excluded groups. Encouraging those who wish to foster more inclusive forms of education to document their work and share it with others is central to the Enabling Education Network’s mission. The sharing of information and ideas helps to reduce that isolation. However the information needs to be clear, lively and accessible if it is to be useful.
“It is not enough to share information about inclusion. Inclusive practice and methodology has to be at the heart of everything that EENET does”
Most practitioners are too busy to write about their work, but they benefit from reading about others doing similar work. Academic writing tends to be inaccessible to most practitioners and is therefore of little practical benefit. So how do we encourage those people who are doing the most interesting work to document and share their experience?
EENET is about to embark upon a 2-year action learning project funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) in the UK, which aims to address exactly this dilemma. It is entitled, “Understanding community initiatives to improve access to education”, and will take place in India, Zambia and Tanzania. The research aims to develop appropriate and sustainable ways of building the capacity of key stakeholders to document their experience of promoting more inclusive practices in education in their own communities.
“A network which talks inclusion should also walk inclusion”
We intend that as more individuals and organisations become Friends of EENET and develop partnerships, the network will increasingly become regionalised. The gathering of information in appropriate languages should then become easier. We welcome your suggestions about how we can make regionalisation work best for you.