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Title: Friends of EENET
Author: EENET
Publisher: EENET
Date: 2001

Friends of EENET

We have spent a lot of time discussing the need for EENET to regionalize its activities in order to reach more people in the most appropriate languages. It was agreed at EENET’s last steering group meeting that we should encourage organizations to become Friends of EENET as a first step towards becoming more formal partners. A Friends of EENET meeting was held informally at the ISEC congress in July 2000 to discuss ways in which we could improve the network. Many examples were given of the way in which the network is used.


“If I want to flatten the opposition I go to EENET’s web site – if I’m writing proposals, or have a difficult workshop to lead, I go to EENET’s web site. For the first time I’ve found information that’s relevant to our situation in South Africa.”
Gill Lloyd, South Africa

“Information is even more important than funds”
Njeru Muchiri, Kenya


“Books aren’t put to good use by the teachers and they are not relevant to my situation. I provoke them to read, by quoting excerpts from EENET’s newsletter. I am encouraging them to write, because it will make them feel good about themselves.”
Paul Mumba, Zambia

“I wrote to Thomas Otaah in Ghana because my colleagues used his suggestions on terminology in Issue 3 to start a discussion.”
Anupam Ahuja, India

There are many ways you can help the network to grow. You could collect stories of policy and practice, identify and develop training materials, and distribute the newsletter. Please write to us if you would like to become a Friend of EENET.

A Friend of EENET is committed to developing initiatives consistent with EENET’s values and principles. To be a Friend of EENET, you need to:

  • Distribute the newsletter;
  • Collect stories of policy and practice;
  • Identify and develop training materi


“I really feel depressed because I’m the only one from South America at this meeting and we have ‘bad’ examples of exclusion. It’s so difficult to fight against exclusion. As parents we suffer. Disabled people are suffering – they are more oppressed than other minorities. We have a huge debt. We don’t have any kind of relationship with other countries. We need to be part of EENET.”
Elena Dal Bo, Argentina
Elena has begun to translate some of the key texts on EENET’s web site into Spanish.


The Centre for Special Needs and Studies in Inclusive Education (CSNSIE) was formed in the summer of 2000, in Hong Kong. The Centre supports schools, parents and teachers to develop inclusive schools to ensure that all children have equal access to high quality education. The reform of schools currently taking place gives us the chance to move away from rote learning and recognise that student diversity is a rich resource. One of the tasks of CSNSIE is to resource inclusion by producing materials, packages, videos and papers which will help parents, teachers and students. We are planning to produce an on-line journal on inclusive practice. We are keen to develop international links, and would like to become a Friend of EENET.

Nick Crawford
The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Lo Ping Road, Tai Po
Hong Kong SAR,
People’s Republic of China
Tel: +852 2948 7750/1
Fax: +852 2948 7993