Using images to promote reflection
We have been thinking for some time about the use of images associated with inclusion. What does inclusion look like? What kind of images could help us to reflect on inclusive practice? In the last issue of the newsletter we featured a diagram of a tree to illustrate the way families can play a vital role in promoting inclusion in education. ‘Enabling Education’ readers have sent us their own tree (and flower) diagrams, illustrating the way they work in their context. A new section has been created on EENET’s website to display these images from readers, and to encourage more debate about image-based reflection.
We have completed this action research project (see the ‘action learning‘ section of the website) and are now working on a series of dissemination activities, funded again by DFID. We have begun by analysing EENET’s correspondence files, covering the last seven years, to identify user trends and the success of different types of dissemination. The next step is to produce an interactive CD-ROM based on the guidelines (about how to capture inclusive education experience) developed during the research project. Over the coming year we hope this resource will be used and assessed by various people working in inclusive education. We also aim to develop further the use of images during this process.
In this issue we have our first article on working children. It introduces the need for flexibility in education systems to accommodate working children, to protect them from abuse and to offer quality education which discourages early drop-out in order to enter employment. The article from ANPPCAN Kenya also raises the issue of child work in relation to high rates of children dropping out of school.
Focus on the Caribbean
Also for the first time we are featuring articles from the Caribbean. Our contact with St Lucia was made possible by CAMRODD, a regional networking organisation based in Suriname, South America. EENET was invited to collaborate with them in revising, and teaching, a module on inclusive education on their SCcOPE course in March 2004.
‘Disability World’ Article
‘Disability World’ is a bi-monthly web-zine of international disability news and views. In April 2004 Susie Miles was interviewed about EENET’s development and the ‘highs and lows’ of networking on inclusion. The article (and other news) is available from the Disability World website.
International Deaf Children’s Society
Over the last year EENET has played a key role in researching work with deaf children, young people and their parents in the South. The work was in collaboration with IDCS, in preparation for the launch of their website – www.idcs.info – a valuable new resource which aims to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ on deafness internationally. IDCS will continue to work closely with EENET in sharing information on the education of deaf children.
Source provides free online access to over 22,000 information resources on subjects including disability, health, evaluation, communication, HIV/AIDS, information management and poverty, within a developing country context. The contacts database contains hundreds of organisations working in these areas. Source would like to do some research to find out what resource centres and networks exist around the world and help in the process of developing links between them. Please contact Source at firstname.lastname@example.org; www.asksource.info or through EENET.
EENET wishes to thank NFU (Norway) for it’s financial support, from 1997 to 2004